Job Title: Associate Director of Development (Institutional and Statutory), reporting to the Director of Development

Location: Central London 

Job Type: Full time role. Flexible working arrangements considered.


  • £42K- £48K per annum, dependent on skills and experience
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Up to 5% contributory pension
  • A flexible, supportive and friendly working environment
  • Opportunity to visit our programmes and see the amazing impact of our work

UWS has grown significantly in the last five years with the support of a portfolio of donors that includes Trusts and Foundations, Major Donors, Corporates and other strategic partnerships. We are now looking to develop our statutory and institutional funding stream, by hiring a creative, driven and experienced Associate Director of Development who will lead the development of UWS' statutory and institutional funding, both nationally and internationally, as well as support the growth and development of the trusts and foundations income streams.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Shape and initiate UWS’ focus in this area and inform funding opportunities
  • Develop a pipeline of new grant-makers who align with our strategic goals and mission
  • Lead the engagement and cultivation of new and existing donors
  • Lead the concept note and proposal  process for all our grant applications – aiming for multi-year, six and seven  figure grants from bilateral and multilateral sources
  • Stewardship of existing Institutional funders and partners, ensuring they are kept up to date on the impact of their support
  • Supporting UWS' growth and development of a portfolio of trusts and foundations by researching and establishing relationships with potential funders
  • Supporting the development of junior roles, as required, and undertaking other fundraising or operational tasks that are compatible with the nature of this role

Person Specification: 


  • A passion for the impact of education and the UWS mission
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail – with the ability to make complex information inspiring and engaging
  • Proven statutory fundraising experience, particularly with government funds, and direct experience of working with some of our likely target donors (for example, but not limited to, CIDA, SIDA, USAID, DFID) and a strong understanding of their requirements and processes 
  • Confidence in bid writing for complex six- and seven-figure bids
  • Confidence in using project cycle management tools including log frames and theories of change
  • Experience of constructing comprehensive budgets and financial reports for funders
  • The ability to manage and prioritise multiple demands on your time
  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible and a proactive team player… which means you commit and deliver for the cause
  • Willing to (occasionally) jump on a plane to Cambodia, Myanmar or Nepal to visit our projects, or even our funders!


  • Experience of leading teams and establishing cross-organisational ways of working
  • Experience of fundraising for educational causes is an advantage
  • Experience of communicating remotely with teams around the world

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV (max 2 pages) and a supporting statement (also no more than 2 pages). The deadline for applications is 9am on 30th September. Early applications are warmly encouraged and we may bring this deadline forward dependent on applications received. 

Please ensure that your application fully addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification. You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, one of whom should be your current/most recent employer. 

References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted. Applications should be made via email to [email protected]

How to Apply

Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in the role. Telephone interviews will be held throughout the process, with a final interview as soon as practical after the closing date. Start date is ASAP. Please let us know what your notice period is in your cover letter. 

If you would like more information, please let Ira (below) know.  She will be happy to tell you more about this exciting role.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal discussion, please contact [email protected]

United World Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are only able to accept applications from candidates that have the permanent right to work in the UK.

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