Director of Fundraising and Development

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is recruiting for Director of Fundraising and Development to join the organisation.

Salary range: £75,000 – £79,000 per annum (an element of incentivised performance-related pay may be negotiated)

Location: Westminster, London (with overseas travel)

Closing dateMonday 1 July 2013, 1700 hrs (BST). Applications received after this date will not be considered. 


About the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life. Since it was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, over eight million people have participated in the Award in over 140 countries and territories.

About the role

The Director of Fundraising and Development is one of the key senior leaders of the Foundation and reports to the
Secretary General.

S/he manages the Fundraising and Events teams for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, developing and implementing the fundraising and events strategies in support of the overall Foundation strategy and business plan.

His/her main task is to generate sufficient income for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, using existing mechanisms and developing new ones, to meet the needs of the Award now and in the future. Such mechanisms will include the World Fellowship as well as corporate and other revenue streams, to meet ongoing and anticipated revenue requirements.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Proven leadership and management skills
  • Proven commercial acumen
  • Relationship management software skills (The Foundation is adopting Salesforce as its CRM platform)
  • Sensitive to cultural differences, possessing strong relationship building qualities within a high profile peer group
  • Ability to read situations and react accordingly
  • Ability to delegate and empower staff while maintaining control and overall accountability.
  • Budget and resource management skills
  • Decision-making, problem solving and conflict management
  • Co-ordination of inputs and recommendations of various stakeholders and team


  • The self-confidence, composure and stature to inspire respect and credibility at all levels, both inside and outside the Award
  • Committed to youth engagement and empowerment
  • Enthusiasm for the Award and youth development issues
  • Courteous, diplomatic and tactful
  • Self-motivated
  • Proactive and delivery focused approach
  • Flexible; able to work on own or part of team
  • Enthusiasm for new challenges
  • Organised
  • Committed to quality, continuous impro

Benefits30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, contributory pension scheme, private healthcare, childcare vouchers and interest free season ticket loan.

Role profile: Download the recruitment information pack and the job advert for further information about this post.

Application process: Candidates who wish to apply for this role must follow the application process below.

Stage 1 - Written application
Applications should include three documents:

  • An application letter, which deals specifically with the following:
    • Your motivation for wishing to take on the role and what particular experience, expertise and values you would bring.
    • Your thoughts about the opportunities and challenges we will face over the coming months, with suggestions on how these might be addressed.
  • A curriculum vitae, detailing experience and accomplishments, where appropriate.
  • Contact details for two referees, whom we may contact during the appointment process.

Applications should be sent to:
Alex Stewart
Saxton Bampfylde (ref: AAEWB)
PO Box 198
Surrey GU1 4FH
or by fax: +44 (0)1483 531882/ or email:

The closing date for applications is 5pm GMT on Monday 1st July.

Stage 2 - Discussions with our search agency
Colleagues at Saxton Bampfylde will hold meetings with a long list of candidates to enable a short-list to be created.

Stage 3 - 1st interview
Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend a panel interview. The panel will include the Secretary General and a number of Trustees. Each interview will last approximately forty-five minutes. It is intended that interviews will take place in London or by teleconference. Inteviewees may be asked to give a short presentation within the body of the interview. If this is the case, they will receive further information about this in advance.

Stage 4 - 2nd interview
We will refine this short-list to a final group of two or three preferred candidates. It is likely that these people will be invited to meet other Trustees before a final decision is made.