Fundraising Development Manager

Job Title: Fundraising Development Manager
Client: Lancing College
Location: Lancing, West Sussex
Job Type: Full Time Permanent
Salary: £35-£40k (depending on skills and experience) supplemented by an attractive benefits package
Closing Date: Wednesday, 1st June 2022. Interview Date: Wednesday 15th June 2022
Reference: LC001
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Lancing College is a friendly, ethical, vibrant, and outward-looking place to work. This role provides an ideal opportunity for someone to make their mark in a high performing school and development team.

The Fundraising Development Manager plays an important role in managing the fundraising initiatives of the Foundation Office and the role reports to the Foundation Director. The Fundraising Manager is vital for assisting with the delivery of the Lancing Foundation fundraising strategy. Working closely with the Foundation Director, the focus of the role is to assist in the day-to-day delivery of the annual fundraising and stewardship programme. This would ideally suit someone with several years of relevant experience in capital campaigns projects and we are looking for applications from individuals preferably with a proven track record in fundraising from either inside or outside of educational charities.

This is an ideal time to be joining the College, as you will be involved in strategising the process for Phase 2 of the Foundationers Campaign and the 1948 Legacy Society. Read more about the Campaign at

Phase 2 will be an even more ambitious campaign, building on the undoubted success of Phase 1 and the target this time will be to raise £5.5m. This figure will ensure that another 40 young people showing ambition, talent, and aspiration will be given the opportunity of a life-changing Lancing education.

The College stands in an impressive downland estate of some 550 acres, which includes playing fields, residential properties, and an educational farm. The distinguished Victorian buildings, including the spectacular chapel that was begun in 1868, are a familiar south coast landmark. The nineteenth century core has been complemented regularly by new buildings and extensions. Recently a co-educational house, a dance studio, gym and learning support suite have been formed by conversion. There is also major investment in funds for scholarships and bursaries, including the Foundationers’ Campaign which funds a number of transformational bursaries annually.

Lancing first admitted Sixth Form girls in the 1970s and moved to full co-education in 2000. The College’s modern history is one of evolution from an almost wholly boarding community to a mixed boarding and day school with an intake of local, national and international pupils: a proudly cosmopolitan community. In 2002 the governors acquired what has now become Lancing College Preparatory College at Hove which is about five miles away from the College itself. As a result of a further acquisition Broadwater Manor School became Lancing College Preparatory School at Worthing in January 2014.

Woodard Schools

The Woodard Schools group now consists of some 16 independent schools and is affiliated with a further 27 state, independent, academy and overseas schools. The schools are responsible to the Woodard Corporation for good management but are separately incorporated as charitable companies.

As the Senior School of the Woodard Corporation, Lancing is closely identified with the worship and practice of the Anglican Church and its Catholic tradition. The Eucharist has always been the centre of worship in the Chapel. The College is involved in the work of the Corporation and the Woodard Southern Area Provost is an ex-officio member of the Governing Body. Candidates should be happy to work within this context and to support the Christian life and education of the College. 

Lancing College is a friendly, ethical, vibrant, and outward-looking place to work. We act with integrity and treat each other with respect, valuing diversity and rejecting discrimination. We are fully committed to creating and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects both our local community and our cosmopolitan student body. Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, age or disability. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

The College requires of all its employees a high standard of behaviour and integrity when undertaking duties and when in contact with pupils, parents, fellow employees, and visitors alike.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an academic institution of a well-established, friendly, collaborative, and successful Foundation Office.

We are looking for candidates with creativity, energy, and drive to establish, develop and maintain relationships throughout the Lancing College community and beyond.

You will ideally have experience in helping deliver capital campaign projects, with a proven fundraising track record in working within the charity or education sector.

Person Specification 

  • Education (to degree level or equivalent) and/or appropriate professional experience
  • A clear understanding of fundraising principles together with some knowledge of, and empathy with, the independent school sector
  • Understanding of Gift Aid
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database and capital campaigns preferred
  • Good understanding of finance, financial planning, and budgets
  • Strong organisational, administration, telephone and interpersonal communication skills required alongside thorough attention to detail
  • Professional demeanour, flexible and able to multi-task
  • Ability to manage a diverse workload
  • A meticulous researcher with the ability to proof-read material thoroughly
  • A good team player with the ability to work in a small team environment but also independently
  • Be flexible regarding work schedule
  • Outgoing and positive in personality with a ‘can-do’ mind-set and the enthusiasm and gravitas to be an outstanding ambassador for the College
  • Kindly, approachable, and measured in manner with the ability to form strong working relationships with alumni, pupils, colleagues, and parents
  • Fully computer literate and experienced in the use of Microsoft Office and a database. Training will be given on the College’s fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge).