Eltham College
Flexible Working
Closing date
16 Nov 2020

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Fundraising, Alumni, Major Donor/ Gifts, Legacies Fundraising
Full Time
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Development Director
Eltham College
Highly Competitive Salary

Eltham College seeks to appoint an experienced Development Director to build upon the fundraising achievements of the last decade, and to set an ambitious strategy to take the School’s philanthropic endeavours to the next level and beyond. This is a strategic, senior leadership role and an important appointment.

Founded in 1842, Eltham College is a thriving, co-educational independent day school in South London for students aged 7 to 18, comprising a separate Junior School and Senior School. The School is set in over 70 breath-taking acres with the Junior School, Senior School and chapel standing at the centre. Eltham College is regularly found amongst the top 20 academic schools in the country, yet equal emphasis is placed on academic, pastoral and co-curricular excellence.

Over the past few years, Eltham College has grown considerably. Girls have been part of Sixth Form life for over 45 years and from 2020 were able to join from Years 3 and 7. The school will be fully co-educational by 2025.The School has an unusually wide social mix, thanks, in part, to the generous Bursary scheme, which provides financial assistance for those unable to afford the full fees. In the most deserving cases, remission of up to 100% of fees is available. 

The Development Director will be responsible for defining and implementing a clear strategy to deliver a significant step-change in development activities. There is a strong degree of engagement and support for the Development function from the Eltham College leadership, in particular the Headmaster, who has good experience of fundraising and understands his pivotal role in making “the ask”.

Reporting directly to the Headmaster, the Development Director will lead and grow the Development team in all aspects of Fundraising and Alumni Relations. The first priority will be to raise funds for transformational bursaries, in order to achieve the goal of offering fully needs-blind access to the School. The School also has exciting plans for a number of discrete building projects over the next 10 years, which present the opportunity for some creative future campaigns.

The Development Director will be a commensurate and motivated fundraiser who can recognise the opportunities and challenges associated with the role. S/he will have had success securing gifts of six figures and above, and will be adept at building strong, effective relationships across the School’s community, from parents and alumni to academic and support staff at all levels. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished leader in a comparable organisation, either in education or a transferable field, and will possess the drive and vision needed to grow an ambitious and innovative Development programme.

The successful candidate will be a creative thinker with a strong sense of integrity and a values-driven approach to philanthropic fundraising. As well as a proven track record in securing major philanthropic gifts, s/he will bring experience of developing inspiring campaign messaging, whilst establishing robust systems and processes, expertise in relationship management, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and the presence and intellect to operate at the highest levels. Above all, this individual will have a passion for the aims and mission of Eltham College.

You will be joining an exciting, challenging, rewarding and collegiate place to work. There is scope to develop both the team and a wide range of new strategies and plans. This is a fantastic opportunity for an outstanding individual to build transformational programmes and relationships at a leading independent school.

In 1912, after a long period in Blackheath, the school moved to its current site, the 18th century mansion Fairy Hall in Mottingham, and became known as Eltham College. In the 1920s day boys were first admitted in large numbers but boarders remained a significant presence in the school well into the 1960s, and boarding continued until early this century. For around 40 years girls have been admitted in the Sixth Form, and in September 2020 the College welcomed its first cohort of girls in Years 3 and 7.students are reminded of the link with our missionary background via the House System – the Houses are named after four men who devoted their lives to their work as missionaries: David Livingstone and Robert Moffat in Africa, William Carey in India and James Chalmers in Papua New Guinea. The chapel remains an important symbol of our heritage. It is the spiritual heart of the school with daily worship led by the Chaplain, the Headmaster, other staff and visiting speakers.

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