Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Development Officer 

£18,941 (£31,856 FTE) 22.2 hours a week, 6-month post

Based in Salisbury



Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in the UK and is a registered Charity whose aims are to support the education of the public in the arts, culture, heritage and science through the pursuit of archaeology, to benefit society and the economy. We recognise that our employees are paramount to our success and aim to foster a working environment that protects the physical and mental well-being of our people. 

Wessex Archaeology believes in the instrumental value of cultural heritage and the positive contribution it can make to society through community, education, health and wellbeing initiatives. We demonstrate this by enriching lives through engagement with heritage and by working to build social capital within local communities with evaluated programmes that are socially engaging, fun, creative and have moments of learning and discovery at their core.  We have a bold ambition in our corporate strategy to magnify our public benefit impact and to achieve this we need the help of a talented Development specialist with a passion for heritage and the delivery of social value.   

As the Development Officer your role is to develop and deliver our strategy to fund these public benefit initiatives sustainably and at scale. This strategy will entail both capital and revenue approaches in relation to the three donor categories, namely businesses, individuals, and trusts, foundations and statutory bodies aligned with the organisational values and core business activities.   

In relation to businesses you will be able to apply your experience in helping the project managers draw on commercial clients to procure social value outcomes at tender, application or expression of interest stages. You will work closely with the Heritage Inclusion Development Specialist, Community and Education Manager, and Marketing and Communications Manager, and where applicable partner organisations, to help create sustainable support funding for the public benefit programme. The long-term strategy is to increase our public benefit project delivery across our regional offices and to be regarded as the leading archaeological practice for inclusive public benefit impact. 


The successful candidate will:  

  • be able to demonstrate a track record of successful fundraising for a heritage, arts or cultural organisation  
  • be able to write a compelling case for support and conduct donor research, cultivation and ongoing relationship management.   
  • be able to show an ability to network independently and via Trustees and senior management  
  • be confident marketing via social media platforms.   
  • have the experience and expertise to ensure that the development activities are compliant with the Code of Fundraising Practice.  
  • be familiar with the operation of a CRM database and the conduct of Legitimate Interest Assessments and Data Protection Impact Assessments.   

For the duration of the CRF funded period, you will promote the sustainable growth of Wessex Archaeology's “Magnifying Public Benefit” strategy by:    

  • establishing a Development strategy for the organisation that aligns ambitions with appropriate funding mechanisms and processes; 
  • supporting the re-submission of the Well City Project grant funding bid under Wessex Archaeology leadership; 
  • identifying and developing funding options for the delivery of additional projects in 2021


 As the Development Officer, you will be representing Wessex Archaeology in project partnerships and in public as well as responding to queries from fellow professionals and the public.  You will also be expected to produce and update relevant web and social media content for the business. 

Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (available to download below), with a copy of their CV, and return it by email to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk. Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 30 October 2020. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. 

Wessex Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.