Development Coordinator


20 – 30k GBP



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The John Lyon School

Fixed-Term Contract for Maternity Cover

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic individual to join the School’s Development Office for Maternity Leave Cover. The Development Coordinator is responsible for developing and sustaining a programme of communications, events and other activities playing an instrumental part in the School’s fundraising campaign.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience of working in fundraising or a related function such as marketing and communications, combined with experience of organising events, and producing and editing publications. You should also possess excellent communication skills, be adaptable, motivated and able to build strong relationships. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual seeking to further their career in fundraising.

Salary: c£38,000 p.a. (c£20,000 pro-rata for hours and weeks worked below), depending on skills and
This is a part-time (27 hours/week) and term time only (34 weeks per year) position
The Fixed-Term Contract will be for one year initially, but this may vary due to the nature of the cover


Founded in 1876 as an Independent day school for local boys, John Lyon is one of the top independent day schools for boys in the UK. We pride ourselves on our broad yet balanced curriculum and ability to tailor an education to meet the individual needs of our students. Our ethos is to treat every boy as an individual, strive for academic excellence and provide outstanding pastoral care whilst offering a broad range of opportunities outside of the classroom.The School has consistent excellent results with ‘value added’ at all levels, GCSE, and A-Level.

The School campus is spread across six buildings in Harrow-on-the-Hill and is part of John Lyon’s
Foundation. We have a clear set of values that are vital to our community. These values shape who we are, what we do and how we do it.


The Development Office works alongside Alumni Relations to enhance and oversee the breadth of
systems and processes underpinning the School’s fundraising activity. The Development Coordinator will build relationships with alumni, parents and staff to discover a range of potential donors to raise philanthropic and volunteer contributions to the mutual benefit of former and current pupils of the School. A key requirement of the role relates to the development and delivery of the School’s fundraising activities ensuring the number of contributors and frequency of income reaches desired targets.


The following duties and responsibilities are intended to give a broad indication of the variety of
tasks covered by the role:

Main duties and Responsibilities

• Deliver the fundraising programmes within budget, meeting agreed targets through a planned cycle of development activity.
• Process all monies received, logging donations electronically and issuing acknowledgement letters.
• Update and maintain the Lyonian database ensuring records and donation history is up to date.
• Issue notifications, maintaining regular contact with contributors through a stewardship programme.
• Continue to develop further online fundraising activities.
• Generate periodic financial and statistical reports for analysis and evaluation.
• Create the School’s termly Development Report to Governors.
• Produce communications plans and content for social media channels relating to Development updates, liaising with the School’s Marketing Director.
• Provide information on potential major donor attendees prior to School events and meetings to the senior management team.
• Responsible for the creation and distribution of fundraising materials.
• Create and distribute the Development Office Newsletter on a termly basis.
• Oversee practical logistics surrounding campaigns run by the Development Office including regular giving and capital campaigns.
• Support the promotion of events, liaising with alumni, speakers and guests, assisting with identification of guest lists, organisation on the day including technical, venue and catering requirements.
• Organise and attend Development events as required.
• Support the School with the organisation of events relating to Alumni and Parents where there is opportunity for fundraising.
• Act as the main point of contact for the School for all fundraising matters.
• Ensure that all activities and communications are properly recorded and saved.
• Provide general administrative support to the School’s Head in relation to Development Office activities.

It should be noted that a job description is not an exhaustive list of activities, and employees may be asked to carry out other duties commensurate with the grade of the post. The job description may also be amended to take account of changed circumstances, and employees will be consulted if this is necessary.


In making an appointment at John Lyon we look for the person who, at interview and by virtue of their application, possesses the qualifications and experience that best demonstrates the following:


- Educated to A-level or above

- Qualification in Fundraising or related discipline


- Experience in Fundraising or similar role
- Experience producing high quality print and online publications
- Ability to design and implement systems and processes
- Experience in producing and implementing multi-platform communication plans
- Excellent IT skills, including confident use of the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point)
- Exceptional organisational and administrative skills
- Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to liaise with stakeholders at all levels
- Excellent attention to detail and high levels of accuracy
- Ability to prioritise tasks, manage conflicting deadlines and to remain calm under pressure with a varied workload
- Ability to work unsupervised and under own initiative
- A diplomatic and polite approach
- Able to travel and work outside of normal office hours for events
- Able to develop and maintain productive relationships with the School community and external stakeholders
- Demonstrable problem-solving ability

- Strong numeracy, analytical and interpretative skills

All staff at the School have responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom they are responsible, or with whom they come into contact, and to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding Policies at all times.

The School’s benefits include:

Complimentary lunch during term-time
Use of the School’s Sports Centre (including swimming pool) at designated times
Discount membership to Harrow School’s Golf Club
Cycle to Work Scheme
Commitment to professional development

For further information and to apply please refer to the job description, person specification and application forms at the following link:

Closing date for applications: 12pm on Friday 24th January 2020.