Development Director – Bedford School


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This is an exciting role for an outstanding all-rounder who will bring development best practice to Bedford.

Founded in 1552, Bedford School is a leading independent boarding and day school, educating 1100 boys from 7 to 18. Set in a beautiful 50 acre campus in the heart of the town, the school is part of The Harpur Trust, Bedford’s leading educational and social welfare charity. The School was recently named Independent Boys’ School of the Year in the 2021 Independent Schools of the Year Awards.

Bedford School now seeks an ambitious and motivated individual with a proven track record of success in fundraising and alumni relations, to become the architect and leader of the new Bedford Development Strategy.  The Development Director will work at the highest levels within the School to align the Bedford vision with the interests of stakeholders to unlock the significant fundraising potential which exists.

The Development Director is a new role with a broad remit and a focus on major gifts.  The main goals will include creation and delivery of a development strategy and plan for the next 5-10 year, managing a portfolio of major donors, team leadership, and management, in conjunction with the Bedford School Association, of the School’s relationship with the Bedford School community.

The successful candidate will apply proven development methodologies, deep experience and a track record of success to optimise fundraising and alumni relations at Bedford and create a best in class development operation.

The role is structured to provide great autonomy with regard to setting direction and implementing plans, access to the Head, Governors and Senior Leaders and a seamless and fast integration into the School and alumni community.

An excellent remuneration package is offered reflecting the seniority and significance of the position.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion about the post:

Peter Lockhart, Search Consultant:

Rachael Petrie, Senior Advisor:

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 22nd November 2021.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application, please click on “Apply Now” on the right of this page and upload your documents according to the instructions provided. You should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A covering letter addressed to Mr Hugh Maltby, Director of the Bedford School Association. The letter should explain your reasons for applying
  • An up-to-date CV.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at Jonathan Barnes can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383174.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Bedford School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The safeguarding responsibilities of this post are detailed in the candidate information brochure.

Bedford School is committed to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications

22/11/2021 10.00am

Preliminary virtual interviews with RSAcademics will take place via video conferencing during w/c 22 November 2021

Longlist interviews via video conferencing



Shortlist interviews