Development Director, Shropshire

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Moreton HallShropshire

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Contract type: Full Time / Part Time
Salary: Moreton Hall Salary Scale
Contract term: Permanent

Development Director (part-time 0.6 FTE).

Hours and holiday:  The Development Director works during Moreton Hall’s term time (approximately 33 weeks per year) and 3 weeks during the school holidays.  Broadly, this includes 2 weeks in the summer holiday and 1 week during the Easter holiday, but this depends upon events and patterns of work.  This is negotiable for the right candidate and also as the appointed person settles into and defines the role.  The appointed person is auto-enrolled into the People’s Pension.

Job scope and purpose: Responsibility for the Moreton Hall Foundation, fundraising, Moreton Connect and  Old Moretonians.

The Development Director is responsible for ensuring that the Foundation achieves its strategic objectives and specific targets, to be agreed by the Principal, the Foundation Committee and the Governors.

Moreton Hall Foundation - background information

Founded in 1913, Moreton Hall is proud to be one of the UK’s highest achieving independent boarding schools, educating girls from age 3-18 and boys from 3-11.  Academic excellence, a tailored curriculum, outstanding pastoral care and extra-curricular activities of an extraordinary range and quality are the cornerstones of the school.  The school is known for being small, friendly and open, not cluttered by petty rules, but with a clear set of values agreed upon and respected by all members of the school community.

The Moreton Hall Foundation was created in 2006 and is now in its 13th year. It comes under the umbrella of Moreton Hall and is not a separate entity/charity.  The Foundation Office is staffed by the Development Director (part-time) with support from a full-time Events Administrator.  On a day to day basis, the Development Director reports directly to the Principal.

The Development Director also reports to a Foundation Committee chaired by a Moreton Governor. The Committee consists of a number of Governors, the Principal and a number of past/present supportive parents.  The Development Director reports termly at the main Governors meeting.

As well as responsibility for the Foundation, the Development Director is responsible for all Alumnae relations and publications with approximately 2200 active Old Moretonians and former staff.

Job specification

Please note that this should not be seen as a fixed or exhaustive list; it is foreseen that the responsibilities of the role will develop according to the particular interests, experience and skills of the appointed person.


To develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the ethos, vision and culture of giving at Moreton Hall

To maintain an excellent relationship with the Principal, involving him in key donor meetings and managing his involvement in major gift activity

Day to day administration of Moreton Hall Foundation

Identifying with Moreton Principal future Foundation strategy ie. Areas of school to support

Reporting on Foundation fundraising activities to Principal and Governors as required

Provide a breakdown of costs and expenditure to the members of the Foundation as required

Keep the Chair of the Foundation informed of the design and costs of any Foundation funded project

Be responsible for raising funds to support the chosen Foundation projects through donations, funds, grants or other means

Be responsible for producing fund/grant applications

To build strong relationships with the most significant major donors and potential major donors

Develop an annual giving programme to fund smaller Foundation projects

Promote the great impact of legacy giving

To deliver a creative and effective programme of stewardship events and communications in order to cultivate, solicit and steward major donors for significant major gifts 

Writing Cases for Support

External Relations

Identifying and building relationships with potential Moreton supporters and donors

Creating marketing materials and producing all Foundation literature

Foundation administration of Gift Aid contributions.

Supplying Donor Reports and Gift Aid Reports to the Principal and Governors

Organising and running Foundation events with support from Events Administrator

Responsibility for maintaining InTouch (Old Moretonian and Donor Database)

Building relations with local community along with Vice Principal

Day to day administration of Old Moretonians

Responsible for all communications with Old Moretonians - social media, email and letter

Responsible for editorial Old Moretonian content within The Moretonian (our annual magazine)

Organising Moreton Connect and Old Moretonian Events and Reunions

Organise events in school as required which may drive business towards the Foundation but are not directly related to it.

Developing the scope and success of all aspects of Moreton Connect.

Organising the annual Moreton Business Lunch and other school events within the scope of this role (eg Annual Foundation Dinner).

Representing the School among national professional fundraising organisations.

Develop and launch a partnership of schools in the local area, working together to further the educational opportunities of all young people in the area.


To manage the work of the Foundation office team and continually motivate, support and encourage the department to achieve at the highest level.

Manage the expenditure budget and work with the School Business Manager to ensure the work of the development office is delivered effectively in line with budgetary constraints.

Ensure that the appropriate systems are in place for gift administration, gift acknowledgement and stewardship of donors at all levels.

Prepare regular financial and analytical reports of giving within the Foundation for the School Business Manager, Principal and relevant governors and committees.

To ensure all work and activities meet with the requirements of the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation (including GDPR and the new Fundraising Regulator).


Attending and presenting to appropriate management and Governors’ meetings, keeping both groups abreast of all developments.

Attendance and contribution to Senior Management Team meetings as required and general responsibilities arising from such a senior and important role within the school.

Remaining up-to-date with developments in fundraising, refreshing skills as necessary and keeping abreast of relevant philanthropic news, charity law and other relevant legislation.

The role requires travel throughout the UK and, potentially, overseas. Attendance at evening and weekend commitments, in particular fundraising and engagement events outside normal office hours will be required. 

Support school marketing and careers education activities.

Fully participate in the school’s CPD and Professional Development procedures.

Adhere to the Health & Safety Policy.

Contribute to the wider life of the school within the reasonable scope of the role.

Any other responsibility as directed by the Principal within the reasonable scope of the role.

All staff are expected to support the aims of the school and to behave with respect and consideration.  Staff set a good example to pupils in terms of appropriate dress, standards of punctuality and attendance.  Professional development is highly valued and staff participate in staff training including INSET days where required.

Closing Date: 21st February 2020.
Interviews: 5th and 6th March 2020.
For further information please contact the HR Department

More about Moreton Hall
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3EW, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1691 773671