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We’re Hiring a Development Officer


As Scotland’s leading theatre company for actors with a learning disability Lung Ha Theatre Company (LHTC) engages its actors, develops their practice, removes barriers to participation and delivers high quality theatre productions. LHTC provides a platform for people whose stories are not always heard. The award-winning work of LHTC sits proudly at the heart of Scotland’s creative output. Much has been achieved, there remains much more to do. 

Since its inception in 1984, LHTC has worked with over 400 actors, created over 50 original productions, and worked with many artists and organisations from across Scotland’s creative industries.  The company has collaborated with many companies including organisations based in Europe and Australia.  The company has developed a loyal, committed and growing audience base.

In recognition of its work the company has been in receipt of key investment from Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council as well as a wide range of Trusts and Foundations. 

Through the creation of work of the highest quality LHTC aims to tackle the perception of what learning disabled actors can achieve. Raising expectations, creating equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusivity are at the centre of the company’s philosophy, ambition and heart.

The Development Officer has a key role in driving forward the continued success and ambition of the company.


Lung Ha Theatre Company champions the talent and ambition of learning disabled artists to make fabulous theatre. 


LHTC is a people led and focused organisation.  It is an organisation that values those with whom it interacts. 

Artistic Excellence: our work will have impact and be of high quality 

Collaboration: we actively seek opportunities to work with new people and organisations, to learn to work in new ways and share our skills, knowledge and experience  

Integrity: we will act with integrity in all aspects of our work, and demonstrate high levels of honesty, reliability, equality, transparency and professionalism.  

Respect: we will treat everyone that we encounter with respect and courtesy.  

Bold: we will be a brave and courageous company that pushes boundaries and gives a voice to people who may otherwise feel marginalised from wider society. 

Charitable Purpose:

‘To create, nurture, develop and deliver performing arts and other creative opportunities, by and with, individuals with learning disabilities.’ 

Job Title:

Development Officer

Job type:                            Fixed term contract – for a twelve month period.

Hours of work:                  16 hours per week – schedule to be agreed

Location:                            Hybrid working – Home and Office (30b Grindlay Street); a minimum of 8 hours per week must be office based – LHTC has an office that is used on a ‘hot-desk’ basis.

The Development Officer reports, and is accountable, to the Executive Director.

Role Summary (key purpose)

To raise investment, from sources both public and private, in Lung Ha Theatre Company to enable the company to deliver on its creative and financial targets.  To take responsibility for financial targets. 

The generation of income / investment, and developing pathways to new sources of income / investment, are critical components of the role.


  • to work with the Executive Director, with the support of the Business Development Strategist, to devise, set, agree and achieve targets for investment from public and private bodies.
  • to undertake thorough and ongoing research into possible sources of investment – to devise an investment plan / schedule.
  • to generate investment from, and manage ongoing relationships with, grant givers and Trusts and Foundations to achieve (and when possible exceed) agreed targets.
  • to devise effective pathways to raise investment from individual giving and donations through the LHTC website, social channels and through working directly with the LHTC PR agency.
  • to work closely with the Artistic and Executive Directors on project plans to ensure funding deadlines are made.
  • to complete all documentation required for successful investment applications including enquiries, applications and reporting.
  • to maintain excellent communications with investors at all times.
  • to work closely with the Business Development Strategist, as required, on wider conversations around LHTC’s investment strategy
  • to be accountable for the success, or otherwise, of agreed targets.
  • to provide regular updates on progress to the Executive and Artistic Directors.
  • to generate reports as required to monitor funding status.
  • to be familiar with the LHTC 5-year Business Plan and understand the requirement for investment
  • to undertake any other work as would be considered appropriate and reasonable for the Development Officer.

Required skills:

  • Experience of drafting and submitting funding applications and of generating income – for both core and project based activities.
  • Experience of undertaking research required to reach out to new sources of investment.
  • Experience of generating income though individual giving and donations.
  • Experience of setting and agreeing financial targets.
  • Experience of devising fundraising campaigns.
  • Experience of working to achieve the outputs of an organisational plan.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • The ability to see investment applications to their completion – to include End of Project reporting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A genuine interest in accessibility, inclusivity and equality of opportunity in the arts
  • Experience of creating, and nurturing, new and existing, investment partners and collaborators

Desirable qualities:

  • Experience of the creative and cultural sectors.

Terms and Conditions of employment:

Salary – £30,000: pro rata – £12,000

16 hour working week (schedule of work tbc) – there will be flexibility required at various times across the year.

20 days (pro rata) annual leave plus 8 public holidays (on a pro rata basis).

Flexible working will be supported by LHTC with the requirement of some office-based work and face-to-face meetings on a weekly basis.

The position is a one-year fixed term contract.

LHTC is a Fair Work organisation.

You will be offered the opportunity to join the Lung Ha Theatre Company stakeholder pension scheme

A full list of terms and conditions of employment are attached with this document.

To apply for this position please email a CV and Cover Letter to info@lungha.com; please include ‘Development Officer’ in the subject line.   

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 7 December at 5pm.

Candidates will then be selected for an interview.

Lung Ha Theatre Company

30b Grindlay Street



Company number: SC131622

Charity number: SCO17635

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