Supporter and Bursaries Engagement Officer

Employer
Girls' Day School Trust
Location
Victoria, London
Salary
£30,500 to £37,200 per annum
Closing date
21 Jan 2022

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Function
Fundraising, Marketing, Alumni, Major Donor/ Gifts, Legacies Fundraising, Trusts & Foundations
Sector
Children & Youth, Education
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

The role

The Girls’ Day School Trust is seeking a self-motivated and creative individual with relationship management experience for a new role within 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 Supporter and Bursaries Engagement Officer will lead on the effective stewardship of all donors to the GDST, ensuring that their experience is a positive one which will result in sustained engagement and giving. Working closely with the Head of Philanthropy & Alumnae Engagement, you will help deliver the team’s agreed strategic aims by helping to enable the further growth of a culture of philanthropy across the GDST network. This in turn will deliver a major step-change in terms of generating philanthropic income for bursaries for talented pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

It is vital that the GDST and our individual schools can clearly demonstrate the impact of philanthropy, both internally and externally, and this role will help achieve this ambition by delivering a new stewardship framework for donors at all levels. Furthermore, you will focus on building a community for our current bursary recipients, allowing them to share their own stories and to benefit from the added value of being a GDST bursary recipient. Finally, this role will directly manage a variety of key senior stakeholder relationships on behalf of the charity to ensure our relationships with this important and influential audience remain current.

You will have previous experience in a stakeholder engagement environment and a track record of providing a responsive and positive service to these stakeholders, leading to ongoing and enhanced engagement. You will have outstanding problem-solving and organisational skills, with a keen eye for detail, as well as the ability to work both independently and within a team.

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.

Benefits

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 recruitment@wes.gdst.net

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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Company

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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