Director of Development

26 Sep 2016
27 Oct 2016
Full Time
Contract Type

Alderley Edge School for Girls is seeking to appoint a Director of Development. This is a new appointment following a restructure of the current Senior Leadership Team.  

This is a high profile and exciting leadership position and the successful candidate will have extensive marketing and development experience, not necessarily in the educational setting.

Sixth Form

Under the general direction of the Head, the Director of Development will lead on key areas of the School’s development.  

These include;

  • Setting up the Development office
  • Leading the School’s marketing and media strategies
  • Managing the Marketing Department
  • Developing relationships with the extensive alumnae network
  • Managing community partnerships and establishing a Fund Raising strategy 

The Director of Development will be a persuasive ambassador for the School externally and will work closely with the Heads of both the Junior and Senior School as well as the Registrar team and other staff in building the profile of the School in local and national media.

The position will carry specific responsibilities, but the person appointed should have the initiative to develop the role.   

The School is developing fast and the Director of Development will have a key role in the strategic development of the School. This is reflected in the Director of Development being a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The marketing team has two part-time members.

Key Responsibilities


  • Strategic leadership of marketing the School
  • Line-managing the current Marketing Department
  • Ensuring that the Alderley Edge School for Girls’ ethos, brand and vision and clearly and consistently articulated
  • Developing positive partnerships and links with the local community
  • Taking responsibility for the School’s public benefit initiatives


  • Setting up the Development office and producing a detailed strategic action plan for its future, including key short and medium term funding and development targets and milestones
  • Establishing links and engaging with the School’s alumnae, maintaining and building good relationships, organising publications and displays which focus on this aspect of the School’s extensive history and organising events (such as reunions) with the School’s alumnae
  • Setting up a Bursary based Fund Raising initiative and managing associated activities (e.g. annual ball)
  • Commissioning or producing promotional material of an appropriate nature and standard to support development activities


  • Working with the registrar team to develop and oversee the highest standards of communication
  • Overseeing, reviewing and developing admissions material
  • Building and developing relationships with feeder schools
  • Forecasting, analysing and reporting on all admissions data, statistics and post event feedback


  • Building the School’s media relations and coverage in local and national media
  • Developing the School’s digital marketing profile, with particular focus on the
  • School’s website and associated social media


  • Undertaking such other tasks relevant to the work or the needs of the School and Head as deemed appropriate
  • Attending Senior Leadership Team meetings
  • Reporting to the Governors on the work of the Development office


Additional Information

The School has an equal opportunities policy, which is designed to ensure that all applicants for appointment with the School are treated equally and fairly, irrespective of gender or marital status, colour or race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership.

This appointment will be conditional upon the following:

  • Receipt of at least three satisfactory references;
  • Verification of identity and qualifications including, where appropriate, evidence of the right to work in the UK
  • A satisfactory enhanced  Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • A check that that the candidate is not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State
  • Receipt of a signed Staff Suitability Declaration form showing that you are not disqualified from providing childcare under the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009
  • Evidence that you have not been prohibited from participating in the management of independent schools
  • Evidence of satisfactory medical fitness.

The job description and person specification are guides to the duties, professional responsibilities and core competences. They do not form part of the contract of employment.

The School adheres to the Data Protection Act 1998.  All information which the School will obtain about you as part of the selection process will be kept confidential. If your application is unsuccessful, all your information will be deleted from our systems and disposed of in a secure manner.