Philanthropy Manager (Trusts & Corporates)

Girls' Day School Trust
Victoria, London
£40,000 to £49,000 (dependent on experience)
Closing date
21 Jan 2022

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Fundraising, Marketing, Alumni, Corporate Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts, Legacies Fundraising, Trusts & Foundations
Children & Youth, Education
Full Time
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The role

The Girls’ Day School Trust is seeking an experienced, energetic and self-motivated fundraiser to join its Philanthropy and Alumnae Engagement team at our Trust Office based in Victoria. This is an exciting time to join the GDST as we approach our 150th anniversary in 2022-23. We will continue to amplify our commitment to reaching as many girls as possible through our outstanding girls’ first education, our bursary programme and our local partnership work.

The Philanthropy Manager (Trusts & Corporates) will play an important role in enabling the further growth of a culture of philanthropy across the GDST network. Crucially, they will help to deliver a major step-change in terms of generating philanthropic income for bursaries for talented pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Working closely with the Head of Philanthropy & Alumnae Engagement, you will help deliver the team’s agreed strategic aims by advancing progress in corporate giving and fundraising from charitable bodies.

You will have a successful track record of trust and corporate fundraising achievement and have a strong working knowledge of current fundraising regulations and best practice, especially with regards to data protection and ethics.

You will be an enthusiastic and creative colleague with exceptional communication skills and the ability to motivate others about the transformative impact of a GDST bursary, building meaningful and sustainable relationships as a result.  You will have the opportunity to work across the wider marketing, communications and philanthropy department, with senior management and with our 25 individual schools.

We are looking for a candidate with:

  • Strategic rigour, the ability to simplify detailed information and translate this into messaging which resonates and differentiates with the purpose of motivating others about our cause.
  • A talent for creating, developing and sustaining effective relationships with different types of individuals and organisations, tailored to needs and perspectives.
  • The ability to work independently as well as a positive approach to teamwork.
  • A commitment to the aims and values of the GDST as an educational charity.

The Department

You will join a dynamic group of specialists at GDST Trust Office, spanning across our philanthropy, alumnae engagement, communications and marketing functions. The Philanthropy & Alumnae Engagement team leads on a range of initiatives across the GDST network, communicating directly with alumnae and other supporters to maintain and enhance relationships and levels of involvement. 

The team also provides expert guidance to our family of schools for their local fundraising and alumnae engagement work, encouraging collaboration and innovation. In this role, you will work closely with all members of the central P&A team, as well as colleagues in other Trust Office teams and those leading on fundraising and alumnae work across our 25 schools.


About the GDST

The GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust) is the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, with over 3,500 staff, and nearly 19,000 students between the ages of three and 18.

As a charity that owns and runs a network of 23 schools and two academies in England and Wales, it reinvests all its income in its schools. Founded in 1872, the GDST has a long history of pioneering innovation in the education of girls, and is the largest single educator of girls in the UK, as well as being the UK’s largest educational charity.


As part of the GDST, the UK's leading network of independent girls' schools, we can offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension schemes
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
  • A Cycle to Work scheme
  • Competitive terms and conditions of employment

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to

Applications must be received by 21st January 2022.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included

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

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The GDST is the leading network of independent girls’ schools in the UK, with nearly 20,000 pupils and over 3,700 staff in our 24 schools and two academies. GDST staff benefit from our 140-year history of excellence and innovation in girls’ education, with many opportunities to share ideas and best practice with colleagues across the network. They have access to an extensive central training and professional development programme to complement school-based INSET, and also funding grants for individual courses of study.

The GDST provides an excellent range of employment opportunities throughout England and Wales. Competitive salary scales and other excellent conditions of service are standard across the GDST, and employees have access to pension schemes and a range of other staff benefits.

The GDST is committed to the safeguarding of children, and child protection screening applies to all posts.

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