Job Title: Associate Director of Development, reporting to the Director of Fundraising

Location: Central London

Job Type: Part-time role (0.6 - 0.8FTE / 3-4 days per week)

Package: Pro rata based on an annual package salary of £32,000 - £36,000, dependent on skills and experience, 4% pension contribution, 25 days annual leave

Please read the complete job pack here.

Role Summary

This is an exciting time to join UWS. After several successful years of fundraising, we continue with our ambitious strategy to reach more children with education, and are making strategic investments in our core team to make that vision a reality. The Associate Director of Development is a newly created post within the Fundraising Team. This exciting part-time role will support the Director of Fundraising in developing the major donor programme, identifying high net-worth individuals who believe in UWS’ vision. It will focus on generating significant and long-term support, through excellent cultivation and stewardship and a series of high-quality special events.  

The Associate Director of Development will line manage the Development Associate who will support delivery of  major donor and event fundraising activity.

The role will be varied, combining desk based work with face-to-face meetings with UWS supporters. It will also include overseas travel, accompanying high net worth supporters on visits to see our projects.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

Managing delivery of a major donor programme

  • Work with the Director of Fundraising and CEO to develop/implement a strategy to recruit new donors in line with organisational fundraising goals
  • Work with the senior management team, as well as Trustees, to make tailored asks to their networks, and involve them in donor solicitation and stewardship
  • Work with the Director of Fundraising to manage and steward existing major donors, ensuring timely, engaging written and verbal updates to donors about project they have funded, providing them with the highest possible level of supporter care
  • Effectively manage and grow UWS’ major donor group (Global Guardians) who provide vital funding  for the organisation's core infrastructure

Managing delivery of a special events programme

  • Deliver a small, targeted programme of special events each year for high net worth supporters, including both stewardship and income-generation events
  • Effectively engage with our Gala Dinner Committee, Trustees and Senior Leadership Teams to successfully deliver UWS’ flagship fundraising event to maximise ROI

General responsibilities programme

  • Work with the Director of Fundraising to deliver plans against agreed targets, monitoring, evaluating and reporting back as necessary
  • Maintain accurate donor records, making effective us of our CRM system

Experience in all of these areas is desired but not essential; training and support for the right candidate to quickly learn specific skills will be provided.

Person Specification


We are looking for a candidate with at least three years fundraising experience, preferably with evidence of working in a major donor or special events role, or in a relatable role, seeking the flexibility offered by a part-time role.

The successful candidate should be passionate about education and understand the impact it has on the lives and opportunities of children around the world. They will be someone able to work with both autonomy and collaboratively with the Core Team. As we work in remote areas pioneering new approaches to educational provision, it is essential that candidates have a can-do attitude and positive approach.

Some of the key attributes we are expecting candidates to have are:

  • Educated to graduate degree level with evidence of continued professional development
  • Demonstrable interest, enthusiasm and empathy with the work of United World Schools
  • Relevant experience of managing and engaging a portfolio of high net worth individuals
  • Experience in securing 4 and 5 figure donations from high net worth individuals
  • Experience of successfully working towards agreed income targets
  • Experience of planning and executing large-scale events for a high net worth audience, including management of event budgets  
  • Demonstrable proficiency in your communication skills, both written and oral; with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of supporters and build long-term relationships
  • Happy to work both in the UK and overseas, visiting our UWS Schools and funders around the world
  • Be a self-starter and highly motivated
  • Be versatile, happy to juggle multiple tasks and priorities
  • Have experience using a CRM system
  • Be motivated, solution-focused, confident and well presented
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines, including working extended hours as required
  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible, co-operative and a pro-active team player … which means you commit and deliver for the cause.

Sound like you? We would love to meet you.

Applying for the role

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV and a supporting statement of no more than 2 pages, addressing the key attributes outlined.

Please ensure that your application fully addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification and that you have the right to work and remain in the UK.

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 Betsy Nicholas, Associate Director for Development at [email protected]

UWS is an equal opportunities employer. In accordance with UWS’ child safeguarding policy, the successful candidate will be required undertake a DBS check.


Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in the role. Applications close by midday on 8th January 2019. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The start date is flexible but ideally no later than 15th March 2019.

If you would like an informal chat with Irahyma Paredes, Fundraising Director, to discuss the role in more detail, please email [email protected]

Please read the complete job pack here.