Director of Development and External Relations

  • Buckinghamshire

  • Wycombe Abbey

  • Competitive

  • Full-time


Wycombe Abbey seeks a talented leader and manager with the experience, strategic initiative and fundraising expertise to play a pivotal role in delivering Wycombe Abbey's strategic plan.


Wycombe Abbey is a world-class school operating at the cutting edge of educational excellence. With its distinctive heritage, magnificent 170-acre campus and impressive resources, the School provides an outstanding education for 629 girls aged 11-18.

In recent years, the School has had great success in fund-raising for Bursaries and capital projects. It has the ambition to continue to develop as a leader across multiple spheres from promoting wellbeing to international education.

Wycombe Abbey now seeks a talented leader and manager with the experience, strategic initiative and fundraising expertise to play a pivotal role in delivering Wycombe Abbey’s ambitious strategic plan. As a member of the Wider Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Development and External Relations will be responsible to the Headmistress and to a sub-committee of Governing Council for all issues relating to development, marketing, branding, communications and alumni relations at Wycombe Abbey. This position offers an exciting opportunity to make a transformational contribution to these vital areas of the organisation.

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished leader in a comparable organisation, either in education or another service industry, with a successful track record in strategic marketing, fundraising, communications, and people management. We are looking for an individual with proven experience in building on relationships with collaborative leadership skills and the ability to advocate passionately for a world-class education.

Please complete an application form and submit this, together with a covering letter, to the Headmistress, Mrs R Wilkinson by emailing the Human Resources Manager, Mrs J Wetenhall Further details are found under ‘Vacancies’ on the School website:

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on 20th May 2019.

Date of Interview: 6th June 2019

Wycombe Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity No. 310638


Further Information

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Wycombe Abbey

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1PE

  • 32 Day Girls (11-18)
  • 520 Boarding Girls (11-18)

01494 520381

Closing Date: 20 May 2019

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