Development Officer (Fundraising and Research) - #1062717


Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Edinburgh
Contract type: Full time
Work schedule: Full day
Job Type:


Job Sector:

Admin, Secretarial






£35,651 to £40,619 per annum

Salary Description:

£35651 - £40





Job Ref:


George Watson’s College provides a world class education for children and young people from Preschool to Senior 6. We are proud of our heritage and passionate about our plans for the future.

We are currently seeking a skilled and motivated individual to join our Development Team. This key role will focus on supporting the delivery of the No Limits Fundraising Campaign by developing and managing an annual programme of direct mail, telephone and digital fundraising. The role holder will primarily focus on increasing regular giving in support of the School’s bursary programmes.

Reporting to the Head of Development, you will be a highly personable and organised team player who possesses outstanding fundraising, research and communication skills (including across print, digital and social media).  The ability to support the planning and delivery of innovative large scale fundraising events is essential, this will include an Annual Giving Day and telephone fundraising campaigns.


To apply, please click the Apply for this job button. Please include your CV along with a letter of application, addressed to Mr Andrew Grant, Head of Development, of not more than two sides of A4 giving us information about you and why you are suitable for the role.

Closing date: 11:59pm on Tuesday 16 April 2024

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 25 April 2024

If you have any questions about the role, or wish to have an informal discussion ahead of applying, then please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Grant, Head of Development (*******
Package DescriptionLocation: George Watson’s College, Edinburgh

Contract Type: Full time, Permanent

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, with the requirement for some evening and weekend work, as well as travel within Scotland and the UK. Flexibility is therefore required.

Salary: £35,651 - £40,619 per annum

Benefits: Automatic enrolment in the contributory support staff defined contribution pension scheme, reduced school fees at George Watson’s College for children of staff, Membership of the Galleon Club (the school’s fitness club)
Main ResponsibilitiesFundraising and Sponsorship

To develop, implement and manage, with the support of the Director and Head, the School’s regular giving and sponsorship programmes through a range of innovative and targeted mailed, telephone and digital campaigns.

In collaboration with colleagues plan, organise and deliver an annual giving day to coincide with the School’s Foundation Week celebrations.

Work with colleagues, the Watsonian President and the Parent’s Association on large scale fundraising events, including gala dinners.

Support the Director and Head of Development with trust and foundation applications, including managing grant reporting.

Support and complement the work of the Charity Committee, keeping up-to-date with regard to key partners charities and staff/ pupil fundraising.

To assist the Director and Head with the successful delivery of the No Limits fundraising campaign.

Work closely with colleagues to ensure that appropriate donor stewardship and recognition processes are in place. Reviewing and updating these as necessary. This will include inputting into the planning and delivery of the School’s annual programme of donor cultivation and stewardship events.

To support the team with the creation of the annual donor report, which will include writing features.

Develop channels that both promote and engage current staff and pupils in the work of the Development Office and, in particular, fundraising.

Research and Data Analytics

Develop a programme of research that will help identify key stakeholders capable of providing financial support to fundraising and sponsorship priorities.

Utilise the School’s historic records and archives to capture information about former staff and pupils on the stakeholder database.

Prepare briefing notes for colleagues (including the Principal and Governors) for events and individual prospect meetings.

Responsible for inputting into event, fundraising and other communication lists.

Utilise data mining techniques and other insights to devise seating plans and align relevant hosts to guests.

To identify Watsonians of interest for potential stories in publications.

Database (CRM)

Manipulate financial data to produce reports for the Director, Head of Development and Volunteer Boards that track income against targets.

Provide complex data exports for IDPE and CASE to ensure Watson participates in benchmarking reports for alumni engagement and fundraising.

Develop and maintain the Prospect Module to ensure that it supports colleagues with the tracking and management of their prospect lists through the different solicitation stages. Ensure that relevant data is being captured to allow for useful monitoring and reporting.

Responsible for complex exports of data sets for mailings, events, benchmarking and other activities. This includes working directly with mailing houses to ensure data is properly transferred to letters, mail carrier sheets, donation forms, etc.


Support the work of the Development Office by undertaking other duties as specified by the Line Manager
The Ideal CandidateEssential:

Previous experience working in a fundraising or membership team, which should include an understanding of prospect management and pipelines, research and donor stewardship

Research experience, utilising online and other resources to help segment and target different stakeholder groups

Advanced user of Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM database system

Understanding of data protection, GDPR, PECR and Scottish Charity legislation

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)

Good planning and organisation skills

Good team working skills – collaborative in approach

Must work responsively and flexibly to meet the demands of the role

Sound decision and judgement making ability

High levels of attention to detail and accuracy

Diplomatic, discreet and demonstrates high integrity

A willingness to become involved with the Watsonian community outside normal working hours.


Experience of supporting the delivery of a range of fundraising programmes, including mailed and phone campaigns

Understanding of charitable giving, including gift aid

Previous web editing/ use of content management systems

Experience of managing social media channels in a business/ work context

About the school/organisationGeorge Watson's College sits in the heart of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, providing a world-class education for children and young people from Preschool to Senior 6.

We encourage our pupils to develop a love of learning through an inspiring curriculum and an extensive and inclusive enrichment programme, which are underpinned by the four values we live by: aim high, be kind, join in and respect all.

Our school is a place where pupils have the freedom to thrive, succeed, explore, perform, and grow, giving them the opportunity to discover their own limitless potential.

Preschool, junior and senior pupils all learn and play on the same 52-acre campus, where our sports facilities, music school, art department, technology building and drama studios are within walking distance.

We offer our pupils one of the widest extra-curricular programmes you will find anywhere, plus the opportunity to travel internationally during their time with us, and a broad range of learning experiences outside the classroom.

Digital technology supports and enhances learning, with every pupil encouraged to use their device where it adds real value to developing skills and critical thinking.

Our school has an enviable reputation for the breadth of opportunities pupils have to get active, with around 25 different sports available to both girls and boys. Participation, excellence, professionalism and equality are the four cornerstones of our physical education and sport department here at Watson's.

When it comes to music and drama, our pupils are given the opportunity to co-produce stunning shows, delivering memorable performances that live long beyond school days.

Most importantly, the wellbeing of our pupils matters to us more than anything else. There are various ways we support pupils to proactively manage their mental health, while a range of peer-led programmes has created a culture in which we can all play our part.

All this means that when the sun shines we celebrate the happy moments, and when it doesn't we're there to protect and support, just as our motto says: ex corde caritas - love from the heart.

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