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Director of Development and Alumni Relations – Alleyn’s School



Alleyn’s is a vibrant co-educational independent day school with around 1,300 pupils aged 4-18. Set in the heart of Dulwich, and part of the Alleyn’s Foundation, close to the centre of London.

Alleyn’s is one of the most successful co-educational schools in the country, delivering academic and co-curricular excellence in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. The School traces its roots back to Edward Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift which was founded in 1619. It was one of the first independent schools to go fully co-educational in 1976.

The School seeks an outstanding, and sector leading, Director of Development and Alumni Relations who can help Alleyn’s become one of the UK’s most successful fundraising schools.  This is a senior appointment; the post-holder will report to the Head and be a member of the School’s Senior Management Team.

The successful candidate will build upon previous fundraising successes, and set strategy to take development, and major gifts fundraising, to the next level.   They will lead the Development and Alumni Relations team in all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations.  Most recently, the School’s strong community of supporters – alumni, parents and staff – came together to celebrate the School’s 400th Anniversary.  Launched in 2019, the Growing Bursaries for the Future anniversary campaign looks to create a step-change of support for means-tested bursaries.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior development strategist and major gifts specialist.  The importance of the post will be recognised with a salary commensurate with experience and at the top end of industry norm.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion with Peter Lockhart (Search Consultant, RSAcademics) in the first instance, or Debra Price (Head of Philanthropy, RSAcademics).

Peter Lockhart – / +44 (0)7876 354185
Debra Price:

Deadline for applications: 10.00am GMT on Thursday 18th February 2021

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically and email it and a covering letter addressed to Mrs Jane Lunnon, Head of Alleyn’s, as PDF files please, to RSAcademics’ Project Co-ordinator (Leadership Appointments), Julia Coffey

Alleyn’s School is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications for all posts from appropriately qualified persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

The 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 enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service.


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 18 February 2021 10:00am GMT
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics will be held via Microsoft Teams in the week commencing 22 February 2021
  • Longlist interviews will be held in the week commencing 01 March 2021
  • Precise dates have not yet been fixed for shortlist interviews but the aim is for the final round to take place shortly after the longlist interviews
  • Please note that arrangements for longlist and shortlist interviews are subject to compliance with prevailing COVID-19 restrictions