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Foundation Development Director – The Princethorpe Foundation

Rugby, Warwickshire


This is an exciting opportunity, in an impressive group of schools, to significantly increase long-term philanthropic income by establishing a strategic fundraising programme for bursaries and capital projects based on best practice and sound experience, particularly in the area of major gifts.

Salary:           Highly competitive

Start date:    Summer 2021

Taking fundraising at Princethorpe to new heights

Founded in 1966, Princethorpe College is a Catholic, co-educational, HMC independent day school, near Rugby, for around 900 pupils aged 11-18.   It is part of the Princethorpe Foundation which also includes Crackley Hall School and The Crescent School which together have over 450 pupils aged 2-11. The Foundation prides itself on being a warm, kind and caring organisation, as well as being disciplined and aspirational. Central to its ethos is its renowned ‘Spirit of Family’.

The Development Director will have responsibility for fundraising and establishing a long-term culture of giving at Princethorpe.  Excellent foundations have been laid in terms of alumni relations, data and fundraising campaigns, and the appointee will join a well-established and enthusiastic team.  Exciting opportunities lie with major gifts, fundraising for a new £8 million Science Centre and the scope to play a critical role in the long-term success of the Foundation.  Reporting to the Head, the Development Director will sit on the Princethorpe College leadership team.

The successful candidate will be required to build a comprehensive fundraising strategy encompassing all elements of the fundraising mix for a wide and inspiring set of causes including life-changing bursaries, state-of-the-art facilities and other major capital projects. The role, focusing primarily on Princethorpe initially, is most likely suited to a highly experienced and passionate development professional with a proven track record of raising funds along with expertise in securing major gifts, regular giving, legacies, prospect pipeline management, campaigns, stewardship, relationship management, strategy and planning.  The experience and gravitas to build relationships and secure donations and support at all levels is also essential.

Interested candidates who wish to arrange a confidential discussion about the role are invited to contact:

Nina Lambert: or on 07764 185745

Debra Price:

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 12th April 2021.

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically and send it to RSAcademics. Please email your completed application form, your up-to-date CV and a covering letter, addressed to the Headmaster, Ed Hester (both as PDF files please), to the Project Co-ordinator, Jonathan Barnes, at

Jonathan can also be reached by calling our Head office on 01858 383163.

The Princethorpe Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

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About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 12 April 2021 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics via video conferencing 14 April 2021 -16 April 2021
  • Long list interviews 21 April 2021 -23 April 2021
  • Short list interviews 28 April 2021 -30 April 2021