Director of Advancement - Dilworth School - Auckland

  • 21 November 2022

Director of Advancement  - Dilworth School - Auckland


  • Auckland Location
  • Salary range of $140,000 - $160,000
  • Options for full or part time hours will be considered
  • Flexibility in some work from home


Dilworth is an independent boys' boarding school with an Anglican tradition, catering for boys from families experiencing financial or personal hardship. Dilworth prides itself on achieving strong academic, cultural, and sporting results, providing a safe and inclusive environment and assisting Dilworth boys in becoming the very best that they can be.

The Dilworth Trust and its’ governing Board of Trustees are continually looking to future proof and expand the resources that support Dilworth School. That is why an Advancement Programme has been established and will play an important role in realising the School’s priorities.

Dilworth’s Advancement team will work to establish relationships and grow a strong and proud community of alumni, ambassadors and donors who support the vision and values of Dilworth. Over the coming decades the team will not only look to raise valuable friendships and financial resources but raise the bar on best practice Educational Advancement here in Aotearoa.

Our mission is to implement the vision of our founder James Dilworth to educate and support as many boys as possible to help them reach their full potential and become “good and useful members of society”. A life-changing scholarship to Dilworth is worth more than $35,000 per year and covers tuition, boarding, books, uniforms, sports fees and music tuition. Academic results are above the national average, and comparable to some of the best schools in New Zealand. Students are not selected based on academic or sporting achievement but on family need and the boy’s suitability for our boarding environment.


About the Role
Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director of Advancement will develop and implement an Advancement Programme for the Dilworth Trust Board, delivering on the Trust Board's vision and driving strategy in the key areas of Alumni Relations and Fundraising Leadership. 

As a hands-on leader, they will work diligently to build a sustainable ‘culture of giving’ of time, talent and treasure to achieve the Advancement Office targets set annually. 

As an experienced relationship manager and fundraiser, the Director of Advancement will develop significant philanthropic partnerships and lead capital campaigns to grow defined revenue streams that enable the Dilworth Trust Board to fulfil the vision of James Dilworth. 

The Director of Advancement will also be an inspiring team player, who will work to establish relationships with others to support these objectives, including building a community of donors, alumni and ambassadors who support the mission and vision of Dilworth.


Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate for this role will have experience working in Educational Advancement or Fundraising, with an emphasis on developing supporter relationships, ideally having previously managed Capital Campaign, Major Donor and/or Gift in Wills portfolios.

You will also have experience in fundraising leadership and in engaging directly and personally with high value donors and supporters.

You will be an outstanding communicator and possess the diplomacy, perspective and credibility necessary to establish and build relationships and influence a range of internal and external stakeholders including teaching staff, board members, family trusts and major donors.

The Director of Advancement will be of the highest integrity, culturally aware, highly organised, and results oriented.

The successful candidate will be committed to the school life and special character of Dilworth.

The salary for this role is in the range of $140,000 to $160,000 per annum, depending on experience and capability. Options for full or part time hours will be considered with flexibility for some work from home.


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Dilworth is an accredited child-safe organisation and commits to respecting ākonga, listening to their views and taking action to keep them safe at all times.


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