Director – The Old Etonian Association

Eton, Windsor

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An exciting and unique opportunity to build a 21st Century engagement programme and sector-leading digital community for one of the world’s leading alumni bodies.

Salary: highly competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the post

The Old Etonian Association (OEA) is a vibrant, independent organisation with some 18,000 members, focused on ensuring that Old Etonians retain a sense of connection to Eton College and to each other through events, communications and other services. It is the vision of the OEA Committee to develop a next-generation alumni association: an active, engaged and diverse community of Old Etonians, parents and honorary members, supported by industry-leading technology, where members of all ages, across the world, can easily make meaningful connections socially and professionally.

The Director of the OEA will lead a team based within Eton College with the purpose of building up and enhancing the OEA, working closely with and complementing the Eton College Development and Engagement teams. The new Director will provide leadership and oversight in devising and executing the strategy for realising the Committee’s vision for the OEA; they will build relationships, deliver a tech-enabled programme of services and strengthen engagement by implementing best practice in alumni relations and community engagement.

The successful candidate will be technologically proficient, collaborative and customer focused, with a talent for building relationships across complex organisations and managing successful teams. Candidates with experience working in alumni relations, development, donor care, communications and/or marketing or membership associations are encouraged to apply. Experience of working in a UK school environment is not essential, but candidates will be supportive of independent education in general and the values and ethos of the OEA and Eton College in particular. 

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange an informal and confidential discussion about the post:

Susannah Thompson, Search Consultant:

The deadline for receipt of applications is: 10.00am on Monday 25th March 2024.

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

Candidates should submit:

  • A completed application form 
  • A covering letter jointly addressed to the Vice-Provost of Eton College, Mr Peter McKee, and the Chairman Elect of the OEA, Mr Mark Davies. The letter should explain your reasons for applying and outline your suitability for the role.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at:

Jonathan can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

Eton College is an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

Disclosure Checks

Eton College 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, but not limited to, reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (including Barred List information), an online search and, where applicable, Prohibition checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form.  Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.

RSAcademics is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications

25/03/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd April 2024

Longlist interviews will take place via Teams on Tuesday 9th April 2024

Shortlist interviews will take place at Eton College on Thursday 18th April 2024