Job Title: Senior Associate, Trusts and Foundations (reporting to the Associate Director of Development)

Location: Central London (Vauxhall)

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

Package: £26-32k, dependent on skills and experience, plus pension contribution. 

Start Date: Start date is ASAP. Please let us know what your notice period is in your cover letter. 

United World Schools is in the exciting position of recruiting for a Senior Associate to join the Fundraising Team and manage a number of major Trusts and Foundations, a role that is vital to sustain our growth as an impact-focused organisation. 

Reporting into the Associate Director of Development, the  Senior Associate will personally lead and manage both grant making and reporting to a number of key Trusts and Foundations, as well as building the pipeline for further support,  working closely with the team to deliver against UWS’ ambitious targets and objectives.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Stewardship of existing trust and foundation partners, ensuring they are kept up to date on the impact of their support
  • Meeting with funders and representing the organisation
  • Growing UWS’ portfolio of trusts and foundations by researching and establishing relationships with potential funders
  • Drafting compelling grant applications and reports for new and existing funders, both national and international
  • Maintaining contact with our Programmes Teams in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal to gain accurate information for funders, and ensure data compliance across all grants
  • Regularly evaluating projects against targets, detailing delivery against key indicators
  • Liaising with our Finance team to construct accurate budgets for funders, and reporting on expenditure against these budgets
  • Supporting fundraising team activities such as key events, including our 2019 Gala Dinner
  • Supporting the development of junior roles and interns as required
  • Undertaking other fundraising or administrative tasks that are compatible with the nature of this role.

Person specification:


  • Educated to degree level with evidence of continuing professional development 
  • Demonstrable track-record of working with trusts and foundations to secure income and report on impact 
  • Previous experience of end-to-end grant applications, donor management and reporting
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and partners and build long-term relationships
  • Exceptional attention to detail and an aptitude for writing creative narrative that will ensure our applications stand out when being assessed
  • A high level of numeracy and good analytical ability
  • Ability to lead independent projects involving the wider team, interns and volunteers as needed
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to prioritise tasks in response to multiple requests
  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible and a pro-active 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!


  • Experienced in constructing comprehensive budgets and financial reports for funders
  • Some experience of line management or team leadership
  • Experience working for an international development NGO, including communicating remotely with teams in the field
  • Experience of applying or reporting to institutional grant funders such as DFID

We are looking for a candidate to grow and develop with the organisation. This means that above all, we are looking for someone who is open to learning new skills and can take a proactive approach to new tasks and responsibilities.

You can download a full job description pack here.

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 Thursday 22nd August 2019. Early applications are warmly encouraged.

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]


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 on 29th August (or as soon as practical after this 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 Emma (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]