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Director of Development


Director of Development

Full-time 37 hours per week with some opportunities for hybrid working

Salary up to £70,000 FTE depending on qualifications and experience + competitive benefits package.

King Edward’s is one of Hampshire’s leading independent day schools with a mission to transform the office of development. This new role of Director of Development will lead the development function, collaborating with the leadership team to build alumni relations and leverage those contacts and other opportunities to provide funds for the benefit of the School. This is a central role, vital to creating ambitious fundraising goals and producing an innovative fundraising strategy. Specifically, working to activate funding through major donors, trusts and foundation and the wider philanthropy sector.

The successful candidate will be an experienced fundraising leader, with demonstrable experience of fundraising and donor relations, with a track record of cultivating and maintaining successful relationships with funders, partners, and donors. You will ideally have experience of development fundraising projects from initial concept to action plan and bid writing and will be able to write high-quality foundation applications. With a deep knowledge of the independent school sector you will become our in-house expert for all things fundraising. Experience of implementing a CRM system would be an advantage.

The selected candidate will have an entrepreneurial approach and be results-orientated with a track record of fundraising success and a proven track record of securing major gifts. In this high-profile role, the Director of Development will be a key contributor in the King Edward’s wider strategy to accelerate additional bursary funding and shape our school at this exciting time of growth and positive strategic change through external relations.

You will be an excellent communicator with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.  Motivation to work to ambitious goals is essential. Working closely with the Head, you will lead by example, emulating the King Edward’s values and ethos and fostering a culture of collaborative cross departmental working with all key stakeholders (including Marketing, Governors, and network members) to collectively achieve strategic priorities and income growth.

We welcome applications from individuals from both within and outside the education sector, however a sound understanding of the independent school sector is essential.

King Edward’s offers a range of benefits including a free lunch, free parking, Private Medical Insurance, Health Cash Plan, generous contributory pension scheme, 31 days’ annual leave rising to 36 days with service, continuous professional development, onsite gym and a reduction in school fees.

The successful applicant should be a car driver as the role will involve travel.

Further details and application forms are available from our website: or contact HR by e-mail at: or Tel: 02380 704561.

Closing Date for Applications: 9am Monday 19 June 2023

CVs are not an acceptable alternative to the school application form.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with the Disclosure & Barring Service and past employers

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