Highgate, Greater London
Circa £35,000 (full-time equivalent) dependant on qualifications, skills and experience
Part-time, Temporary, Full-time
Job description

Award-winning success

Founded over 450 years ago in 1565 by Sir Roger Cholmeley, Highgate is one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools for pupils aged 3-18. There are currently in the region of 1,850 pupils split across our Pre-Preparatory School, Junior School and Senior School premises, in conjunction with approximately 550 teaching and support staff. We are proud to be able to claim some of the top academic results across the UK, as well as titles of Independent School of the Year 2019 and 2020, and Independent School of the Year for Social Mobility 2019. Pupils are also able to participate in over 77 co-curricular clubs as diverse as bee-keeping, medical society and robotics.

A culture of community and kindness

We are a School whose charitable ethos is an inextricable part of both staff and pupil DNA. Highgate doesn’t exist in a bubble, but is connected to, and part of, a community. We have partnerships with over 60 state Schools across 7 London boroughs, and, in 2017, Headteacher Adam Pettitt co-founded the free sixth form college, The London Academy of Excellence in Tottenham (LAET), with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as business sponsors.

Highgate is Here

In the first few weeks of the Spring 2020 lockdown, the School’s Community Partnerships and Development Offices received numerous requests for help and offers of assistance. As a result, Highgate is Here was formed, with the following key objectives in mind: 

  • To co-ordinate all charity, community and partnership teaching activities across Highgate School specifically as they relate to Covid-19 in the first instance;
  • To ensure that the School’s response to the Covid-19 crisis is in line with its existing strategic objectives and Aims and Ethos; 
  • To maximise the School’s impact in its charitable and community activities. 

Working with us

The School is situated in one of the most attractive and sought after areas of North London, only a short journey from Central London and adjacent to Hampstead Heath. The hilltop site in Highgate Village is the historic site of the Senior School. A few hundred yards along Hampstead Lane in Bishopswood Road lie the Junior and Pre-Preparatory Schools and the extensive playing fields, adjacent to the open spaces of Kenwood and Hampstead Heath. The Northern Line underground station is a short walk away and it is four miles to Central London.

Working at Highgate offers the opportunity to be part of a vibrant and welcoming community, committed to academic excellence and the highest standards of pastoral care for its pupils. The Governors consider the development of excellence in the education offered to the pupils to be the underlying purpose of activities undertaken by all staff.

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, overseas police check if necessary and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Highgate School is an educational charity and an independent School, and is committed to extending educational opportunity for children in North London, through the provision of substantial means-tested bursaries, and through partnerships with over 40 state Schools to deliver top-quality STEM teaching and learning.  In 2017, Headteacher Adam Pettitt co-founded the free sixth form college, The London Academy of Excellence in Tottenham (LAET), with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as business sponsors.

Highgate School has raised over £8m since 2012 to further these charitable aims, and Highgate is ambitious to attract significant philanthropic donations to make even more of a difference in education and society.


Highgate seeks an entrepreneurially-minded Development Officer as Highgate as a Charity moves to meet the challenges and opportunities for the charity sector in 2020.

This is a strategic and operational role, offering autonomy within a close-knit team, working with thought-leaders in the education sector, in an organisation with a strong track record of success.

The Development Officer role’s main aim is to increase engagement from Highgate’s alumni and parental community, supporting Highgate’s strategic goals of engaging our alumni and extending educational opportunity at Highgate through fundraising. This will be achieved in this role through a series of important key areas, covering events, engagement, communications and fundraising.

The role will have direct responsibility for a variety of evolving projects, set within clear strategic goals:


  • Working with the Development Director and Head of Alumni Relations to strategically plan the Development Office’s communications to OCs
  • Implementing the communication strategy
  • Overall responsibility for the development and implementation of Highgate Connect, our networking website and Mobile Application

Supporter Engagement

  • Developing and implementing Highgate Connect, the School’s recently-launched networking platform, and using the platform to leverage support and engagement from its members
  • Organising successful opportunities for alumni and other supporters to engage with the charity, through events and involvement of other areas of School life, such as Careers and Employability opportunities for pupils from Highgate and its partner Schools;
  • Working to develop creative projects with interest and affinity groups

Enhancing Donor Experience

  • Devising and implementing a strategy for donors, ensuring that giving is a positive experience and thus helping to foster a ‘culture of philanthropy’ at Highgate and securing engagement, commitment and backing for our charitable goals
  • Overall responsibility for Donor Stewardship, developing monthly messages to be sent to Highgate’s supporters
  • Overall responsibility for the reengagement of LYBUNTs and SYBUNTs, supporters who have given to Highgate in previous years but not yet in this financial year

Event organization, oversight and strategy

  • Strategic oversight and responsibility for the majority of the Development Office’s events, such as  parent and alumni fundraising events, alumni networking events, and bespoke events, such as Annual Dinners and meetings of interest groups.
  • In 2020, many of these events are likely to be online events, and this position will be responsible for the operational oversight of these, working closely with other team members to implement a coherent and engaging programme of events as the year progresses

Fundraising/Income generation   

  • Developing and implementing fundraising projects that reach a critical mass of potential supporters, seeking donations of up to c.£5,000 to support Highgate’s charitable ambitions, to create educational opportunities through bursaries and partnerships with state Schools. These creative projects will include, but not be limited to, crowdfunding campaigns, an alumni Telephone Fundraising campaign, fundraising events, and in due course, soliciting face-to-face gifts from own portfolio of donors;
  • Working with other Development Office colleagues to develop projects to engage pupils at Highgate and in our partner schools with our philanthropic ambitions

Managerial responsibility

  • The Development Officer manages the Development Assistant

Key criteria for success

In the first twelve months, the successful candidate will have:

  1. Developed strong working relationships with the Development Director, the Head of Alumni Relations, the other members of the Development Office team, the Deputy Head (Pupils’ Personal Development and Employability),  and members of the School’s Senior Team;
  2. Successfully devised and implemented projects to thank existing and acquire new supporters;
  3. Created and begun to implement a plan to enhance the donor experience and to ensure successful retention of existing donors.
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Highgate School

Highgate School was established in 1565 by a Royal Charter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the First. Sir Roger Cholmeley, our Founder, was gran... Read more

Refreshed on: 02 July 2020
Closed date: 12 July 2020
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