Associate Director – Fundraising

Lead a strategy to reach £2.5m of annual charitable income from high net-worth individuals, corporate partners and trusts and foundations by 2021-22

About the charity

The Ambition Institute is one of the largest providers of professional development for teachers and education leaders in England. They design, deliver and evaluate over fifteen programmes, and in the last 10 years, have offered high-quality and research-driven training to over 14,000 educators across 2,800 schools and Trusts. They believe that improving teaching and school leadership is the best way to make sure that every pupil, regardless of their background, is able to get a great education.

Their approach is to work closely with leading education experts, the Department for Education and a range of partners, to develop innovative programmes, grounded in research and evidence. Ambition Institute find a need, develop a solution and then deliver it. A recent report showed that 25% more disadvantaged primary children reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths with a Teaching Leader headteacher. 20% more secondary children get a standard pass in English and maths GCSEs with a Teaching Leader alumni in post.

In recent years, mergers and structural changes have helped to increase the reach and potential of the charity. In the next three years, they want to double the number of educators they work with, from new teachers to multi-academy trust CEOs (3,000 to 6,000), while also growing their operation, investing in new research and continuing to look for the best way to improve the standard of education for all. The c.£15m the charity receive for delivering training is supported by voluntary income of c.£500k. In the next three years Ambition Institute want to grow this to over c£2.5m, by building on current support from philanthropists, trusts and foundations and corporate supporters.

Job description

They need an Associate Director – Fundraising to:

  • Deliver results in line with their fundraising strategy, maximising their investment in fundraising to work towards significant and sustainable income growth
  • Identify and engage individuals who have the capacity to support the charity (high five- and six-figures)
  • Lead and manage a team of three (growing to four)
  • Build excellent supporter relationships, leveraging stakeholder networks and resources to secure financial support
  • Lead relationships with senior stakeholders, internal and external
  • Support the engagement of corporates and trust and foundations
  • Help shape and develop the cases for support across the charity (teaching programmes, operations, research, regional/specific bursaries)

Person specification

The position would best suit:
  • A successful and ambitious major donor fundraiser, keen to drive income growth and lead a team across high-value fundraising
  • A natural networker, able to impress and develop relationships with a variety of prospects and stakeholders
  • An effective and strategic leader, able to run an excellent team in a highly effective and well regarded organisation
  • A driven and proactive approach, able to find and create opportunities
  • An excellent communicator, with high standards and passionate about education inequality

Apply now

For more information, please contact naomi@quarterfive.co.uk. The close for CV and cover letter is Monday 2 September.