Reporting to: Associate Director of Philanthropy

Terms: FTE (four days a week and flexible working arrangements also considered)

Salary: £26k - £32k, dependent on skills and experience (plus 4% pension contribution)

Location: Central London (Vauxhall)

Start date: ASAP

About the Organisation

United World Schools is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities of poor and marginalised children around the world. By providing children with a basic education, we are striking at the heart of long term poverty and deprivation – a long game but one we are tackling head on and with ambition and commitment. UWS provides a flexible education model that is simple yet effective in remote regions. The model follows the national curriculum, whilst supporting teachers to implement educational programmes that are appropriate for the contexts in which they are working.

We are a  growing team of 16 staff based in London and we have a much bigger team delivering our programmes in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. All of our staff are incredibly passionate about what they do, and committed to going above and beyond for the cause. In London, where this role would be based, we have a fun and dynamic office environment featuring team socials, music, Bake Off sweepstakes and the occasional team karaoke night! The Senior Associate of Philanthropy would also have the opportunity to fly out and support some of our projects, and see first-hand what it means to provide education in remote and marginalised communities. 


Role Summary 

United World Schools is recruiting a Senior Associate of Philanthropy to help us raise vital funds to teach the unreached. We work in some of the poorest areas of Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal, to support children who would otherwise have no access to a school. This is a great opportunity for someone with some fundraising experience to join an incredible team, to build and manage relationships with a growing network of donors around the world and work with an incredibly committed CEO and management team who will support you to achieve great things.           

The Senior Associate will work in a small fundraising team and will be directly line managed by the Associate Director of Philanthropy. This role will predominantly involve recruitment and stewardship of high net worth donors, individual donors and the organisation of  fundraising events.                           

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Researching and building relationships with newly identified HNWI and prospects
  • Stewardship of a set of existing high net worth individual donors, ensuring they are kept up to date on the impact of their support
  • Meeting with funders to build strong relationships and secure significant one-off and multi-year donations
  • Delivering the highest level of customer care and taking responsibility for your own portfolio of donors
  • Growing UWS’ pipeline of individual donors by undertaking prospect research and creating solicitation plans, organising cultivation events and networking
  • Drafting compelling proposals and reports for new and existing donors
  • Maintaining contact with our Programmes Teams in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal to gain accurate information for funders
  • Liaising with our Finance team to construct accurate budgets for funders, and reporting on expenditure against these budgets where necessary
  • Supporting, planning and coordination of key events such as pledge dinners, cultivation and networking events, our bi-annual Gala dinner and our twice yearly Donor Trips
  • Developing our ‘in aid of’ fundraising initiative to grow our network of donors and supporters
  • Supporting the development of more junior staff and  interns as required
  • Undertaking other fundraising or administrative tasks that are compatible with the nature of this role.

Knowledge and core competencies

We are looking for an ambitious 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.


  • Educated to degree level with evidence of continuing professional development
  • Previous experience of major gift/philanthropy or Corporate fundraising, donor management and reporting
  • Excellent interpersonal and stewardship experience
  • Experience in managing or attending cultivation and fundraising events and managing income and expenditure budgets
  • Excellent organisational and event planning skills
  • 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 proposals and reports are compelling, inspiring and persuasive
  • Ability to meet with potential donors face to face and the confidence to present a compelling case for support to secure a major donation
  • Adaptability - the ability to adapt your style of communication depending on the donor and their motivations and character
  • A passion for fundraising
  • 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 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! 


  • Demonstrable track-record of working with high net worth donors to secure income and report on impact
  • Experience of compiling complex reports/updates for larger funders
  • Experience working for an international development NGO, including communicating remotely with teams in the field

How to apply 

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV (max 2 pages) and a supporting statement (no more than 2 pages). The deadline for applications is 9am on 31st January 2020. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis so 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. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified date. Telephone interviews will be held throughout the process, with a final interview following the week of Monday 6th January 2020 (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 Jane (above) know.  She will be happy to tell you more about this exciting role.

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.

UWS is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring we recruit safely is central to this commitment. All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a condition of employment.

Please find a full version of the job description linked here.