Chief Philanthropy Officer vacancy

Beamish Unlimited

Beamish Museum is a word-famous open air museum, where our people and collections bring to life the everyday history of the 1820s, early 1900s, 1940s and now the 1950s.

The museum is the North East’s most visited attraction, with a reputation for a first-class visitor experience, we welcomed 801k visitors last year. As an anchor cultural institution, we are proud to be a leading light in the region’s exceptional cultural and tourism offer, working with regional partners to drive visitor footfall into the region.

With a profile that reaches regionally, nationally and internationally, Beamish was recently described as a social history museum that is “one of the finest and most innovative in Europe” by The Guardian, which also named us among 12 of the Best Things to Do and See an in the UK this year. We’ve also been recently featured in The Times, national BBC and ITV TV, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

The museum is a self-reliant charity with an amazing team of c.450 staff and c.400 volunteers and has fantastic stakeholders, partners and supporters, such as the Friends of Beamish and Business Friends of Beamish network. Our communities are at the heart of everything we do, preserving their heritage for future generations and delivering award-winning health and wellbeing and education work.

This is a very exciting time for Beamish, as we near the completion of the Remaking Beamish project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund – the biggest development in the museum’s history, bringing a 1950s Town, 1950s Farm, expansion of the Georgian landscape and, for the first time, overnight accommodation in self-catering cottages.

The museum has ambitious plans for the future as it continues to grow, forging new networks nationally and internationally. At the forefront of open air museum practice, we’re developing new ways to diversify the museum’s reach.

With the new role of Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO), we’re looking for someone who shares our passion and purpose, supporting the museum’s strategic objectives and long term sustainability. The CPO will maximise the impact of existing relationships with key funders, leading a targeted programme of engagement with a diverse range of corporate, charitable and high net worth partners to secure significant philanthropic giving and building capacity to engage and inspire donors.


  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Salary and hours: c£60k for 22.5 hours per week, depending on the candidate and agreed working patterns.


If you’ve got a strong network, can influence, inspire and nurture others, to strengthen investor relationships, we’d like to hear from you. Please CLICK HERE to find out more and apply. Closing date: 17th May 2024.