Chelsea, Greater London
National Joint Council Points 28-31 (£35,067 - £37,489 per annum pro rata)
Permanent, Part-time, Negotiable
Job description

We hope that the attached application pack, along with the Academy’s website, gives you all the information that you need to help you apply for a post here. Chelsea Academy is a great place to work and visitors often comment on the excellent behaviour of our students, the friendliness of our staff and the fantastic Academy building. Our aim is simple; to provide the best quality education for all the students that attend the Academy, to produce happy and employable young people and to become one of the best schools in London.

Chelsea Academy seeking to appoint an experienced, pro-active Fundraising / Development Manager to lead on supporting the fundraising work of Chelsea Academy Foundation, Chelsea Academy’s fundraising charity. Its Mission is to support Chelsea Academy in creating an inspirational community of learning and achievement that will make a positive contribution to community cohesion in Kensington and Chelsea.  Your role would support the Chelsea Academy Foundation to raise enough money to ensure that students have the life skills and aspirations to successfully begin their journeys and flourish into exceptional, well-rounded members of society.

We currently have strong relationships with several generous grant providers but are looking for a fundraising manager to broaden our fundraising to include regular donors, businesses, wealthy individuals and benefactors.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, natural networker who can continue to build on the foundations of a fundraising network already in place. We aim to bring in over £120k annually (and have achieved this over the past three years) and are aiming to increase this to £150k moving forward through the launch of our Flourish Fund.

We can be flexible with working days and hours for an exceptional and experienced candidate and would consider job sharing if two candidates requested it.


Job Description

Fundraising / Development Manager


  • To be responsible for the pursuit of additional income through fundraising to support our students and enable them to flourish into exceptional, well-rounded members of society.

Reporting to: Director of Finance and Operations

Working time: Hours a week negotiable, term time only


Main responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • In conjunction with the leadership team, implement a fundraising strategy that will include trust, corporate, and individual giving

  • Devise and coordinate effective gift acknowledgement and donor stewardship

  • Ensure that accurate records are kept of fundraising operations and donations, in line with the Data Protection Act

  • Prospect research and approach planning

  • Ensuring effective communication of fundraising development to the leadership team, governors, the Chelsea Academy Foundation trustees, staff, students, and parents

  • Presenting to appropriate management, governor and trustee meetings as and when required

  • Seek out new partnerships with third party organisations to offer new experiences for students

  • Ensure that former students have regular information about the Academy and that an alumni database is held

  • Lead on organizing fundraising events that engage the Academy and local community

  • Develop and manage a local business partnership programme

  • Design all fundraising materials and maintain a folder on google drive for all materials

  • Increase income from grant making bodies by writing compelling bids

  • Ensure that donor reports meet requirements and contracts, and that they are of a high standard and submitted on time

  • Establish a range of new income streams, with a particular emphasis on the application of digital technology e.g. the use of Crowdfunding, as the basis for establishing a more diverse range of income

  • Work with the Principal on Marcoms

Candidate Specification

Successful candidates are likely to be able to give evidence in support of all or most of the following:


Professional Skills and Experience

  1. Possess appropriate qualifications and / or experience in a similar role.

  2. Be ICT literate and be able to operate software effectively to support your role. (Windows and MAC an advantage).

  3. Have experience of school data and fundraising systems (Experience of Donorfy CRM system and SIMS would be an advantage but training will be given).

  4. Possess the ability to time manage and prioritise effectively in a busy office and school environment.

  5. Be able to deal discreetly with confidential information.

  6. Show evidence of continued professional development.

  7. Presentation and data analysis experience 

  8. Possess GDPR awareness and its impact on your role


People, Relationships and Communications

  1. Be committed to maintaining a distinctive and inclusive Christian ethos in the Academy.

  2. Be able to relate to all students, staff and parents in a positive and constructive way.

  3. Be able to develop good relationships with students and to work with them to promote high standards of learning and cooperation.

  4. Be part of a whole Academy team which seeks and develops a variety of opportunities to support and work with students.

  5. Possess integrity, optimism, resilience, calmness and a sense of proportion.

  6. Be able to work flexibly in a changing environment.

  7. Possess good written and verbal communication skills.

  8. Possess excellent organisational and administrative skills.

  9. Be willing to contribute to the wider life of the Academy.

This job description and Person Specification is not exhaustive and is subject to alteration in discussion with the post holder.

Equal Opportunities and Safer Recruitment

Chelsea Academy is an inclusive employer. We welcome applications from suitable candidates no matter their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, however, we do expect all our staff to note and follow our Christian ethos which is outlined on our website. Please note that Chelsea Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate must be able to satisfy successful references, an enhanced police / Security Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and right to work in the UK  prior to starting employment with the Academy.

If you want to work in a happy, purposeful inner city academy with a strong Christian ethos and commitment to helping every student go on to university or meaningful employment, then we would welcome your application.


Mariella Ardron 


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Posted on: 28 April 2021
Closing date: 16 May 2021
Tags: Fundraising
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