Development Manager, Portsmouth

Closing date:Expiring today

The Portsmouth Grammar SchoolPortsmouth

Date posted:
Start date: February 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £24,152 - £27,451Competitive Benefits
Contract term: Maternity Cover

The Portsmouth Grammar School is a leading co-educational school located in the historic heart of Portsmouth. 

The Development Office is well established within the school and enjoys strong support from the Head and Governors. The role of the small team is to foster and maintain relationships with alumni, parents, pupils, staff and others who share an interest in the school’s development and to raise funds in support of the school’s strategic objectives.

In recent years, charitable support has helped create a state-of-the-art science block (2010), an outstanding sixth form centre (2014) and 20 new fully or partially subsidised pupil places (since 2015). As we approach the school’s 300th anniversary in 2032, we have determined to make a step change in the number of means-tested bursaries on offer at The Portsmouth Grammar School. This will be the school’s primary fundraising focus for the foreseeable future.

The purpose of this role is to work closely with the Development Director in devising and launching a major new fundraising plan to enable increased bursarial support for pupil places and to deliver further development and fundraising activities within the school’s broader strategic plan. 

This role is offered on a fixed term to provide maternity cover within the Development Office. It represents an exciting opportunity for any individual seeking to build a career in educational development and fundraising.

The successful candidate will have proven success in fundraising, alumni relations or marketing. He or she will combine outstanding organisational skills with creative flair and sound strategic understanding. The successful candidate will be adept at managing information and scrutinising data and will demonstrate the strong team ethos and excellent time management skills that are crucial in a small team. 

The post is full-time (37.5 hours Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, with an unpaid 30 minutes for lunch) and operates throughout the calendar year. 

A flexible approach regarding working pattern is essential to be able to support occasional evening/weekend events. 

There is an expectation that all support staff attend INSET training days which take place throughout the school year, usually at the beginning or end of school terms.

The start date will be as soon as possible.

This is a maternity cover post which will be offered for an anticipated 12 month term, with the possibility that term may be varied depending on the return date of the employee on maternity leave.

Key financial benefits of employment at PGS include a generous salary structure and leave allowance of 25 days per annum, pro-rata for the duration of the contract. The annual salary for this role will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful candidate and is likely to be offered between £24,152 and £27,451, paid pro-rata for the duration of the contract. 

Annual leave should usually be taken during PGS school holidays and not during term times or during any appeal such as the biennial telephone appeal. A two course lunch is provided to all staff during term time.

The school will auto-enrol eligible support staff into the NEST pension scheme and also offers an alternative pension scheme with Scottish Widows whereby if the employee contributes 6.5% of salary the school will contribute 8.5%. We also have a non-contributory death-in-service policy.

The school is an approved operator of the ‘salary sacrifice’ Cycle to Work Scheme. Additional benefits include free use of the school’s Sports facilities which include a well-equipped Fitness Centre.

The school is always looking for innovative ways to improve the working conditions and remuneration of its employees and welcomes suggestions from all staff.

How to apply:

PGS is committed to safeguarding children and the successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure DBS check.

Further information is available on the website at under the ‘About Us’ section and any queries regarding the vacancy should be emailed to

Please note the school is closed for the Christmas period from Friday 20th December and reopens on Tuesday 2nd January. 

An electronic application would be preferable, submitted to All applicants should complete a support staff application form, with a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter addressed to the Head, Dr Anne Cotton. Postal applications should be addressed to The Head, The Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2LN. Please include email addresses whenever available. All applications should be accompanied by the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of two referees.

Candidates are also welcome to apply through the TES website using the application form linked to the PGS advert. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is noon Wednesday 22 January 2020 and early applications are encouraged. Interviews are scheduled to take place during w/c 27th January, with a provisional date of 30th January.

More about The Portsmouth Grammar School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Address: High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2LN, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 239 236 0036
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The Portsmouth Grammar School is a co-educational, selective independent school for students aged 2-18, situated in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire.  Portsmouth Grammar is organised into a pre-school, junior school and senior school. Despite b...