Sevenoaks School Foundation – Legacy Giving Manager

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Job Title: Legacy Giving Manager
Organisation: Sevenoaks School Foundation
Salary: IRO £50,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience
Contract Type: Full time, Permanent
Hours: Full-time
Location: Sevenoaks, Kent
Closing Date: 26 February 2024

Founded in 1432, Sevenoaks School enjoys a global reputation as a centre of academic excellence and a flagship school for the International Baccalaureate. A co-educational day and boarding school, it offers a stimulating, intellectually demanding and balanced education for over 1,100 students from ages 11 to 18. Sevenoaks is among the top schools in the UK. It has received the distinction of being The Sunday Times Independent Coeducational School of the Year and the Independent School of the Year for Student Wellbeing in 2023, and the UK Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded Sevenoaks the rare accolade of ‘Exceptional’ for its pupils’ achievement.

The Sevenoaks School Foundation is now seeking an experienced and innovative Legacy Giving Manager to join its rapidly expanding advancement team and help support an ambitious and transformative fundraising campaign ahead of the school’s 600th anniversary in 2032. The campaign, led by the Headmaster, reflects the school’s ‘restless quest to improve and evolve’ and will focus on providing more transformational bursaries, advancing the school campus plan and enabling Sevenoaks to become carbon neutral within a decade.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Advancement, this new role will be responsible for developing a strategy to imbed legacy giving across all advancement activities and significantly increase income to the Foundation, delivering high-quality legacy communications and events, and managing relationships with legacy pledgers, enquirers and prospects. The Legacy Giving Manager role encompasses all areas of legacy giving, from marketing, prospect identification, cultivation and stewardship to the sensitive and effective administration and realisation of gifts.

This is a newly created post and an exciting opportunity for an outstanding advancement professional with a specialism in legacy fundraising to work on a sector-leading campaign. The role will likely suit a highly skilled professional who will bring a strong track record and contemporary best practice derived from supporting multi-£m fundraising campaigns in education, charities or the arts. Experience of working in a UK school environment is not essential, but candidates will be supportive of independent education in general and the Sevenoaks ethos in particular.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange an informal and confidential discussion about the post:

Further information about the role and details of how to apply can be found at

Closing date: 10.00am on Monday 26th February 2024

Sevenoaks School Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.  

The safeguarding responsibilities of the role are indicated in the candidate information brochure.

RSAcademics is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Closed on 26 February 2024

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