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Development Executive – Fundraising and Stewardship
Merchant Taylors' School
  • Salary £29,065 - £37,310 per annum (dependent on qualifications, skills and relevant experience)
  • Location Northwood, Middlesex, Greater London
  • Job Type full-time
  • Category Fundraising , Marketing , Legacy , Major Donor
  • Sectors Education
  • Job Reference : DEV_EXEC

Job Description


The Development & Alumni Relations Office leads the process of generating long-term and consistent voluntary income for Merchant Taylors’ School, and for running a comprehensive alumni and parental relations programme.


To plan, manage and have an input to the strategy for a regular giving programme at Merchant Taylors’ School, with a focus on increasing the participation (giving rates) of both our alumni and parental constituencies, as well as donor retention through planning and executing a stewardship programme for benefactors of all levels. Some face-to-face fundraising may also be required, particularly relating to legacy fundraising.

The office structure includes an Administrator who will support this role with much of the administrative burden, particularly gift administration.



  • Developing and innovating the school’s regular giving programme, the Merchant Taylors’ Fund, to ensure a consistent income stream and increased participation from alumni and parents.

  • In conjunction with external consultants, running our (currently) biennial telephone fundraising campaigns.

  • Liaising with school departments, clubs and societies to identify exciting projects to motivate supporters.

  • Segmenting and targeting recipients for appeals to ensure the greatest impact and returns.

  • Devising the strategy for promoting legacy giving as a means of supporting Merchant Taylors’, and to implement this strategy to increase the number of known legacy pledges to the school.


  • Establishing a comprehensive benefactor stewardship programme that thanks and stewards donors at all levels, including legacy pledges, through regular communication and events.


  • Reporting on progress against all objectives, particularly regular giving, to the Development and Alumni Relations Committee

  • Where appropriate, working with the Development Executive (Events and Communications), to produce benefactor report publications and contribute to other Development publications.

  • Ensuring that all contact with OMTs and parents is recorded on the Development Office’s database, the Raiser’s Edge.


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent is essential

  • Ideally qualified with a professional fundraising qualification

  • A track record of success either in fundraising, marketing or other areas where interpersonal skills, planning, and attention to detail, are of critical importance

  • Experience working with database software (Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, particularly desirable) and Microsoft Office systems is essential.

  • Experience with detailed research and data analysis is desirable.

  • Experience of working in a development office environment in an educational setting is desirable


  • Strong organisational skills.

  • Ability to work well under pressure.

  • Excellent social and communication skills.

  • Confidence in networking, and the ability to represent Development internally, and the school externally.

  • Excellent attention to detail, particularly in written communication.

  • Professional demeanour, loyalty and be able to respond to multiple demands.

  • Must have some flexibility regarding work schedule owing to the nature of the job with the participation and attendance at events out of normal working hours

Closing date for completed application forms only: 12pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018.

Interviews to be held w/c 26th November 2018.

Use of personal data is set out in in the School's Staff Transparency Notice on the School Website.

Merchant Taylors’ School is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

DBS checks will be required. Registered Charity No: 1063740

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