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Director of the Old Etonian Association

The OEA (Old Etonian Association) was founded in 1897 to keep Old Etonians (OEs) in touch with one another and to support Eton. The OEA today is a vibrant organisation with some 18,000 members, which is focused on ensuring that OEs retain this sense of connection, doing so in a number of different ways. These include regular communications, events, OE clubs and societies and overseas branches as well as the production of an OEA List of Members and the OEA online, which afford members the means to contact one another. There is also a range of OE merchandise available via the OEA for OEs.
The OEA, which is an independent membership organisation, has recently undertaken a corporate review of its purpose, its Constitution and its ways of working. A new Constitution has been proposed to members for adoption at the AGM in October and new ways of working (including new sub committees) have been established. The OEA is ambitious to develop its “friend raising” presence, especially with the help of new technology and to liaise more closely with Eton.
They will do this against a backdrop of Eton’s strategic vision to share its considerable educational expertise more broadly in a series of major initiatives with the state sector. Eton is increasingly looking for OE volunteer support across a range of activities. It is also seeking a closer relationship with the OEA. The new OEA Director will therefore provide important executive leadership at a time of much change and will work closely with the OEA Committee to deliver an even better engagement experience for OEs.
Candidates for the role need not have worked previously in a development office or membership association, albeit such experience would be beneficial. Applicants must, however, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate highly effectively with a range of different audiences, and be highly organised. They will also be comfortable working with senior people. They will be sympathetic to the independent education sector and enjoy the idea of being part of a school community in its widest sense.

For more information please visit https://www.minervasearch.com/oea

To apply please send a cover letter and CV to [email protected] by no later than the 12th of October 2021.
For a confidential conversation please contact either Jo Ogilvy or Alice Speers at [email protected].
Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.