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Director of Fundraising & Communications | Sabre Education

Join a leading and award-winning early childhood education charity as Director of Fundraising & Communications. We are seeking an ambitious, high-calibre professional who will strategically lead the fundraising and communications team as Sabre grows in prominence nationally and internationally in the years ahead.

  • Location: UK
  • Salary: £50,000 - £55,000, commensurate with experience, and competitive benefits

About the role

At an exciting moment of growth and opportunity, Sabre Education is seeking an ambitious, high-calibre professional who will strategically lead the fundraising and communications team as Sabre grows in prominence nationally and internationally in the years ahead.

A critical senior leadership role, the Director of Fundraising & Communications will report directly to the CEO and will drive forward all of Sabre’s fundraising and communications efforts. Working closely with the CEO, the Executive Director-Ghana and the fundraising team, the post-holder will develop the funding and communication strategy and implementation plans to meet Sabre’s ambitious growth agenda.

As well as managing and inspiring Sabre’s fundraising and communications team, the Director of Fundraising & Communications will work with leadership to further strengthen the charity’s profile, reputation, and brand externally to a broad range of global stakeholders. The Director will also lead on strengthening and building relationships with Sabre’s expanding portfolio of influential high-value supporters, including Trust & Foundations, institutional and private philanthropy donors.

In summary, the candidate will:

  • Report directly to the CEO
  • Play a critical role as a member of the senior leadership team in strategic decision-making
  • Be an inspirational and collaborative leader for an experienced fundraising team
  • Engage with the Board of Trustees on fundraising plans and progress
  • Work in close partnership with Sabre’s external Development Board
  • Build the internal capacity of the communications function at Sabre

About you

You will have proven fundraising experience and leadership skills, experience of managing and developing staff, and a passion for early years education. You will be a talented leader and relationship manager who is highly motivated by the prospect of shaping fundraising and communications for Sabre Education at a pivotal stage in the charity’s growth.

The role requires excellent relationship building and communication skills with our donor community, deep fundraising expertise across income streams, and superior strategic skills to lead Sabre financially in the years ahead. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with strategic drive who is looking to step into a senior leadership role with a dynamic international charity, and who brings creativity and the ability to inspire others to support our world-class programmes.

To discuss this role in more detail, please contact Simon Callaghan at Peridot Partners, our recruitment consultants: simon@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: Wednesday 10th February 2021

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Welcome from Susan Place Everhart, Chief Executive Officer

Thank you for your interest in becoming Sabre Education’s new Director of Fundraising & Communications. This is an incredibly exciting moment of growth and opportunity at Sabre and this is a crucial hire for our organisation.

Sabre is an award winning early childhood education charity based in both the UK and Ghana – a trusted partner with a clear vision of achieving impact for young children. Our reputation is growing in the global education sector and we have built strong trusted relationships with our international funding partners.

Selected in 2018 as the winner of the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for our outstanding work enhancing the effectiveness of teachers, and in 2020 as a finalist for the prestigious WISE Awards recognising innovative educational projects globally, now is the time to share our work more broadly and increase our impact and influence globally. We have never been better placed to invest in our fundraising and communications efforts.

We are seeking an inspiring leader for our fundraising and communications agenda, an experienced team player who is energetic and goal oriented, who brings integrity and a positive outlook and thrives in an entrepreneurial environment. A deep background in international development is not essential for this role, however, skills and experience in trusts & foundations as well as institutional fundraising are very important. We are looking for someone not only with the capabilities to meet the challenge of growing our income and reputation, but also someone who will fit well with our team. Sabre is collaborative and multicultural, with values of open and transparent communication and passion for our mission.

Working for a smaller charity presents opportunities for leaders to have significant impact. We are committed to giving you the platform to flourish so you can play a key role in moving Sabre to the next stage of its growth. We will also support the professional development of a candidate who may be seeking their first senior leadership role at Director level. Reporting directly to me and working closely with our Executive Director in Ghana, Tony Dzidzinyo Kwesi Dogbe, you will join a dynamic senior leadership team that is represented by leaders in both the UK and Ghana.

If this all sounds of interest, please read through the full job description and reach out to Simon Callaghan at Peridot Partners, our recruitment consultants, to discuss the role in more detail. Thank you for your interest in Sabre Education and I look forward to meeting you at interview stage.

With best wishes,

Susan Place Everhart

A leading and award-winning early childhood education charity

A leading and award-winning early childhood education charity, Sabre works in close partnership with the Government of Ghana to deliver Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.2 on universal access to quality pre-primary education.

Sabre is highly recognised for its ‘Brighter Futures Programme’, which is delivered through building playful school environments and providing transformational teacher training on play based learning for young children.

Through sixteen years of working with schools, communities, and the Ghana Education Service, we have developed respected and innovative solutions to tackling the twin issues of access and quality in kindergarten education. Our work has been tested, independently evaluated, and replicated at a district and regional scale.

Sabre’s approach is holistic and considers all aspects of the kindergarten education eco-system, covering child-centred and play-based pedagogy; training in positive behaviour management; improved learning environments; coaching and mentoring for teachers; supportive supervision; and parental engagement.

We are now poised to leverage our technical expertise in partnership with others to achieve even further impact on the lives of young children in Ghana and beyond.

More information:

Sabre Education website

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    Timetable

    Closing date: Wednesday 10th February 2021
    Longlist: Friday 12th February
    First stage interview: Tuesday 16th February
    Final interview: Wednesday 24th or Thursday 25th February (TBC)

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