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Director of Development Candidate Information Pack


Contents Employment information


Job description

Person specification

How to apply


Employment Information Salary :

Salary package will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes a generous staff fee discount for any children attending the school, private medical insurance and free use of the schools dining hall and sporting facilities, including the swimming pool.

Location :



Introduction Trent College is a happy and flourishing HMC coeducational, independent day and boarding school. There are c.800 pupils in the Senior School, which includes 150 boarders. There are c.400 pupils in The Elms, which is the Junior School to Trent College, which recruits pupils aged 3 – 11 and includes a Nursery. The campus is located in beautiful grounds and is conveniently located on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Founded in 1866, Trent is a school with a rich heritage and traditions spanning nearly 150 years. Though we value our unique and distinguished past, we have our eyes firmly set on the demands being made on young people in the 21st century and a spirit of energy and innovation shapes our school life. Academic study is important and we expect all our students to achieve high standards, but at Trent we are committed to offering a broadly-based education, which celebrates all; the academic, creative, physical, emotional and spiritual, and which allows our young people to discover all of their strengths and make the most of their talents. Our aspiration is for each individual here to achieve their absolute personal best, in whatever they do. The Director of Development will be joining a forward-thinking, successful, happy and ambitious school. At Trent we offer GCSEs, iGCSEs and A levels. Students can also opt into the Extended Project Qualification, the AQA Baccalaureate and a number of Open University Courses. We further stretch students preparing for Oxbridge and other highly selective universities through a programme of lectures, seminars, presentations and debates. The majority of our students go on to university, with an impressive quality and range of courses undertaken. Many of our students opt for the traditional professional routes into medicine, law, the City and public service, but significant numbers increasingly choose more creative and entrepreneurial paths. As we would hope from any school that 5

sees its virtue in breadth and diversity, our students are as varied and unique as the multifarious interests they pursue. The quality, range and depth of activity at Trent is remarkable and the size and scope of the school allows all pupils to find their niche. Trent has a very strong sporting tradition and an enviable record of sporting achievement, with a national reputation in hockey, cricket, tennis and rugby. Many of our students are regularly selected for county, regional and national honours. There is an outstanding breadth and variety of music at Trent, from the formal disciplines of choral and classical ensemble to the informal jazz, rock and swing bands, with over 500 music lessons taught each week by 25 specialist music staff. The quality and quantity of our drama productions is impressive and students are encouraged to join in with a wide range of plays and reviews, from small studio ensemble work to ambitious whole school musicals and productions. A highly prestigious whole school lecture and events programme has also become a distinctive feature of our school life, which gives our students the opportunity to participate in debates or listen to keynote lectures by eminent speakers such as Germaine Greer, Tony Benn, Brian Cox and Sir Paul Smith.


Job Description Trent College wishes to recruit a highly successful and energetic fundraising professional to the role of Director of Development. The successful candidate will need to combine an innovative and creative approach with excellent management and strategic planning abilities. This will be a special opportunity for someone with the appropriate skills to develop and lead a new fundraising campaign at Trent College. The campaign is still very much in the planning stages so the new Director will have plenty of opportunity to be involved in setting the final targets and developing the strategy along with the Head of Trent College. The Director of Development will be responsible for the fundraising and alumni development of the school. The Director will be responsible for developing and maintaining proactive and productive relationships with all stakeholders including governors, donors, corporate bodies, alumni, staff, parents and students. The main activities and responsibilities are: Fundraising • • • • • •

Management of all activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other school-related projects Identify and build relationships with prospective major donors Manage all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations Design, execute and manage fundraising strategy to maximise giving with an annual target of £1m Develops a comprehensive planned-giving program Works closely with the Head to manage relationships with key prospect donors


Old Trident Committee •

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Work closely with the Old Trident (OT) Committee and the Head of Trent College to lead, develop and initiate strategies to meet aggressive fundraising goals Develop fundraising training for stakeholders and other leadership volunteers Assume responsibility for all Development Reports to the Committee and other agencies, and attend all Committee Meetings Assist the OT Committee with recommending and researching potential new members

Development Office Infrastructure • • • • •

Direct, focus and motivate the development team Create office systems to support all development projects and operations Supervise donor and gift record-keeping Coordinate development research activities Oversee the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.

Alumni Relations Extensively develop the alumni database to maximise personal interests, hobbies and professions • Organise and supports the alumni association • Organise alumni events, collect news and information about the members of the alumni for publication, and keep accurate records of the School’s Alumni • Specifically focus on relationship building with our International Alumni via overseas visits and •


identifying target donors Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising • •

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Work closely with the Director of Admissions and Marketing Manager to develop public relations and marketing strategies Design and oversee production of publications, including the Annual Report, the School’s website, and working with designers and printers to promote the School’s fund and friend raising goals and activities Create and implement a communication and promotional plan Actively promote the Alumni and Development department goals and activities with the staff and

The job description may not necessarily be a comprehensive description of the post. It may be reviewed and subject to modification or amendment at any time after consultation with the post holder.


Person Specification Profile of Ideal Candidate: The post-holder will be expected to have the following attributes: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Educated to graduate level or equivalent Fundraising management qualification or membership of the Institute of Fundraising would be desirable Proven track record in managing a portfolio of key donors preferably within an Independent Education environment Success in asking for major gifts face to face Fundraising for a major capital campaign (reaching a target in the region of £5m million) Proven business development experience in a target driven environment Proven experience in designing and managing development and alumni relations programs Experience of developing and maintaining excellent relationships with OT Committee Members, donors, parents, administrators and staff Excellent verbal and written communication skills Ability to lead a small team and encourage their personal and professional development Ability to make confident and lively presentations to a range of people Energy, enthusiasm, drive and the ability to cope with periods of high demands Flexibility, reliability and a high level of organisational skill, with the ability to contribute to and work effectively as part of a cross college team. Awareness of the need for personal and professional development and a willingness to participate in INSET and appraisal.


How to Apply

The recruitment process is being managed by Stephen Perrett from Execucare. All enquiries should be directed to To make a formal application you need to email a copy of your CV along with a short Covering Letter. Your Covering Letter should be no more than one side of A4 and should be addressed to : Stephen Perrett Director Execucare 71-75 Shelton Street London WC2H 9JQ


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