Finance Manager (Development and Alumni Relations Office)

The Schools
King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls are two of the best independent day schools in the country, sharing a leafy campus in Edgbaston, next to the University of Birmingham. Both schools are part of the King Edward VI Foundation and have high academic standards and a rich and varied extra-curricular programme. The site has good transport connections by rail and bus as well as on-site parking for staff.

These historic schools seek to make an academic education accessible to able pupils, whatever their family background or financial situation.  To this end, Assisted Places (bursaries) are funded by the Foundation, and through the donations of alumni and other donors to the Development and Alumni Relations office (DARO).

The Role
The Schools are seeking to appoint a Finance Manager to oversee gift administration and financial recording and reporting within the DARO. This role presents an exciting opportunity to support the financial functions of two charities, helping to run an award-winning office. This role would suit a candidate with a background in gift administration and charity financial reconciliation, but also a candidate with transferable skills keen to work in a different sector.

The role involves gift administration, as well as financial recording/reporting and project management. The post holder will play a key role in ensuring the smooth running of the two charitable trusts, as well as the DARO itself.

The Finance Manager will report to the Development Director and will manage all gift administration processes within the office, to ensure their smooth running and excellent service for donors. This will include management of the Gift Aid and Direct Debit processes. The Finance Manager will ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, guidance and best practice recommendations.

The Finance Manager will play a key role in reconciliation and reporting. They will undertake regular reconciliation of all accounts for both charitable trusts and maintain records of the offices’ budgets. They will support the annual audit and Charity Commission return. The Finance Manager will be responsible for keeping clear records of charitable spending, working with the Director of Admissions and the Foundation’s Fees and Billing Officer to maintain accurate records of bursary recipients and predicted trusts expenditure.

Salary: £28,404 (Grade 8 SCP 21)
Hours: 37 hours per week
Type of position: Full time, all year round, permanent
Holidays: 22 days plus 8 bank holidays and 4 concessionary days
Other benefits: Enrolment into a Defined Contribution pension scheme; 60% off school fees at King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls (subject to admissions criteria); free lunches in term time; use of the onsite gym and swimming pool.

Closing date: 9am on Monday 20 September 2021.

How to apply
To apply for this role, forward a completed application form (available for download below) and a covering letter addressed to Zoe Robinson, outlining why you feel that your skills and experience would equip you to take on this role, by email to:

Download applicant pack.
Download application form.

 If you have any queries about the role or would like to discuss it in more detail, please contact Adelaide Bailey, Development Director, by email:

King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls are both committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. A copy of the Schools’ Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy is available on the Schools’ websites. 

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