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Development Officer

Salary: £27,000

Location: London

Type: Permanent


The Sutton Trust is the UK’s leading foundation improving social mobility through education. The Trust runs life-changing education programmes for talented young people from low and middle income homes, publishes agenda-setting research and works independently with policy-makers to ensure that the best educational opportunities are available to all young people, irrespective of their background.

The Trust has a unique way of working as a ‘do tank’, focusing its efforts in three distinct areas: programmes, research and policy.  The key to the Trust’s success is strategic philanthropy – leveraging its work to ensure wider impact: whether it is generating private funding for scale-up of proven programmes, or influencing government policy and spending on education.

Since it was founded in 1997 by the entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Peter Lampl, the Sutton Trust has run practical programmes to support young people in early years, primary and secondary school, and in accessing higher education and the professions. Through this work it has directly helped over 20,000 non-privileged young people get into top universities and leading professions. Annually its programmes support around 4,000 students and teachers.

Alongside this the Trust has published 180 ground-breaking research studies and influenced government policy on key issues of educational disadvantage and low social mobility, including school admissions, higher education access, and teacher quality. It also holds international summits with partners such as the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Gates Foundation.

Development Team

Over the last 4 years the Trust has successfully diversified its income, moving from one principal funder – the Trust’s chairman and founder, Sir Peter Lampl – to 120 donors, including individuals, corporates, trusts and foundations. In this time, it has secured around £27million in commitments.

The Development Officer, reporting into the Development Manager, will join a fast-paced, focused team which is committed to good stewardship and to growing external support over the coming years. 2017 is the Trust’s 20th Anniversary, and we are aiming to use this as a springboard for further ambitious fundraising plans to boost fundraising efforts and launch an alumni network.

The Trust is a small team of around 20 staff and we are looking for a driven, energetic and creative-thinking individual to join the 4-strong Development team (Director of Development, Development Manager, Development Officer, and Development Intern). Those in Development at the Trust work closely with the Trust’s Chief Executive and Chairman.

Development Officer Responsibilities

  • Support the Development Manager and Director of Development
  • Work closely with the Development Manager on report and proposal writing across high value streams (Individuals, Corporates, Trusts and Foundations)
  • Oversee the stewardship of a small portfolio of Corporate and Trusts and Foundations partners (giving up to £50,000 p/a) to ensure strong supporter retention of existing partners (long term loyalty and engagement)
  • To deal effectively, efficiently and appropriately with donors, prospects and other stakeholders; in written correspondence, face to face and over the telephone
  • To support with the preparation of the Strategic Advisory and Development Board meetings
  • Oversee data input and report-running on our database (Donor Strategy)
  • Represent the Trust externally at events and internally at meetings
  • Organise Development-related events (such as Board meetings and small dinners)
  • To support compiling fundraising literature

 Personal Specification


  • Degree educated or equivalent
  • 1(+) years’ experience working in Development
  • A track record of working with and stewarding high value funders
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication
  • Experience of writing reports and proposals for high value funders
  • Experience of working with databases
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including relationship building abilities
  • Close attention to detail
  • Proven ability to prioritise
  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • A self-starter
  • A committed team player with ability to work well in a small team
  • Sympathetic to the goals of the Sutton Trust
  • Eligible to work in the UK


  • Experience of working with Corporates and Trusts and Foundations

 How to apply

Please send a CV detailing relevant achievements in recent posts, education and professional qualifications and short covering letter explaining why you think you are right for the post to

 Applications should reach us by 12 Noon on 20th April with interviews likely to commence w/c 24th April.