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Development Director – Cokethorpe School, Witney



This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior development strategist and capital campaign specialist.

Cokethorpe is an independent day school providing education to some 660 boys and girls aged four to eighteen. Situated in beautiful parkland just ten miles outside Oxford, the School has a strong reputation for providing a rigorous, broad curriculum underpinned by a firm belief in the principles of a liberal education, and a knowledge that all pupils have the capacity for excellence if encouraged to be ambitious and take responsibility for their learning.

The School has exciting capital development plans and is looking to create a dynamic fundraising programme, most immediately to help raise funds in support of a new science centre. Thus, Cokethorpe seeks an outstanding fundraising professional to lead its development and fundraising function. This is a new position and a senior appointment; the post-holder will report to the Headmaster and be a member of the School’s Senior Management Team.

The successful candidate will create and implement development and fundraising strategy to establish a wide range of initiatives including fundraising from major gifts, regular giving and legacies. He/she will also lead the School’s Alumni Relations activities for The Cokethorpe Society, the alumni association for Old Cokethorpians, supported by the Alumni Officer.

The importance of the post is recognised with a salary commensurate with experience and towards the top end of industry norm.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion with:

Pete Lockhart, Search Consultant: / +44 (0) 7876 354185

Alternatively, to arrange to speak with Debra Price, Head of Philanthropy at RSAcademics, please email

The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 2 June 2021 at 10.00am

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a CV and covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, Mr Damian Ettinger, which explains their reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form, CV and covering letter (as PDF files please) to Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at: Jonathan can also be contacted by calling our Head Office on 01858 383 174.

Cokethorpe 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 the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Cokethorpe School is an equal opportunities employer.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 02 June 2021 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics via video conferencing 08 June 2021 -09 June 2021
  • Long list interviews will be held on Friday 18 & Monday 21 June 2021
  • Short list interviews 28 June 2021