Head of Development (Major Gifts)

King Edward’s School (KES) and King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS), two of the best independent day schools in the country, seek an experienced fundraiser with a demonstrable track record of securing five and six figure gifts. This new role presents an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the team, as part of an award-winning office. This role would suit a candidate with a background in major gifts and individual giving.

The Head of Development will secure and cultivate major donor relationships, growing our existing giving programmes and helping to deliver our overall fundraising strategy. With the Director of Development, they will revive our prospect pipeline to support forthcoming campaigns at each school. Fundraising will be focused on Assisted Places (bursaries), with a small number of other discrete projects both for the two charitable trusts and for the wider schools.

Community is a vital part of our schools’ ethos and the Head of Development will play their part. Many of our major donors will support the schools in other ways, including through our vibrant careers network. The Head of Development will also embed themselves in school life by playing a key role in our annual telethons, working alongside the Development Director.

The Head of Development will be an experienced and highly motivated fundraiser with a passion for growing and cultivating our supporter base. They will be a firm believer in the aims of our Assisted Places programme and in independent education. The role would suit an articulate, tenacious and persuasive fundraiser, with a strong track-record of forging and cultivating long-term relationships. They will have up-to-date knowledge of charity legislation and best practice.

Type of role: Full-time, term-time plus 15 days in July, permanent.
Salary: £34,531-£36,645 FTE (Grade 10), actual salary £29,396-£31,196 dependent on experience.

Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 October 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, Bursar, outlining why you feel that your skills and experience would equip you to take on this role, by email to: recruitment@kes.org.uk.

Download application 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: aab@kes.org.uk.

King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants invited to interview will be required to provide proof of identity, preferably a birth certificate, although where this is not available we will accept other forms of ID. Successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and other pre-employment checks. Copies of the Schools’ Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policies are available on the schools’ websites.



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