Creative Development Officer (Marlowe Theatre)

£23,650 to £25,069 with potential to progress to £26,488 through discretionary performance awards

Permanent - Full Time

Commissioned Services

Canterbury Marlowe

The Marlowe Theatre opened in October 2011 and has since become one of this country’s most successful theatres.  Since opening, the theatre has welcomed over one million customers to performances ranging from Glyndebourne Opera, major West End shows, Matthew Bourne, the National Theatre, Philharmonia Orchestra and Northern Ballet to comedians such as Stewart Lee and Jimmy Carr.  Our annual pantomime is also seen by over 90,000 people each year. 

The coming season includes the premiere of the National Theatre’s War Horse tour, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes and the West End hit Mamma Mia.

The theatre runs a thriving youth theatre and education programme and also develops the work of bold and challenging new writers, creating productions in Canterbury that have then transferred to London.

With the help of our fantastic team of staff, we have developed excellent standards in all areas of the theatre’s operation.  We aim for all staff to work flexibly, and at all times co-operatively with each other across our various departments.  We encourage staff to do this through training which helps them to develop into the knowledgeable, flexible and courteous workforce that our customers have come to expect.

Main Duties

To support the Head of Artistic Productions to deliver The Marlowe Theatre’s Mission and Artistic Plan in relation to artistic development, participation and learning through identifying and optimising funding opportunities and partnerships with particular responsibility for learning programmes.

Essential Requirements


  • Good knowledge of regional and national cultural policy and practice.
  • Good knowledge of current best practice in creative, learning and participation activities in theatre.
  • Good knowledge of fundraising from trusts and foundations, and statutory bodies.
  • Good knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations concerning safeguarding and health and safety.


  • Strong bid writing skills.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good administration skills.
  • Good planning and project management skills.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Good advocacy skills


  • Experience of reporting and bid-writing.
  • Successful track record of raising funds for arts projects.
  • Good level of experience of facilitating creative projects in the performing arts.


  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in Maths and English at Grade C or above.

Due to the nature of this role, this post requires an enhanced DBS check. Forms will be provided.