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Director of Development St Cross College, Oxford

Come spearhead the future fundraising and alumni relations programme at St Cross College, Oxford…

  • Location: Oxford (hybrid working available, min 3 days in the office)
  • Salary: c.£63,000 per annum, plus benefits
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 10th June

About the role.

St Cross College is at an immensely exciting moment for its future development. A key member of the senior management team, including a dynamic new Master and Bursar, the post holder will take the lead on all fundraising and development activity and manage all alumni relations at St Cross College. The aim is to foster the best possible relationships with stakeholders, including current and potential donors, alumni, members and friends of the College, and at the same time generate increasing levels of income for the College.

The St Cross College Development Office is responsible for managing all of the College’s development and alumni relations work. The office currently comprises a part-time Development & Alumni Relations Officer and a fixed-term part-time Development Assistant. It is proposed to recruit a Senior Development Officer and full-time Alumni and Development Co-ordinator, posts which will not be confirmed until May 2024, and we expect the postholder to play a significant part in developing ambitious plans for the College and the development team to grow over the coming years.

The role will have a strategic overview of development opportunities for the College, drawing on proposals from a fundraising feasibility study completed in 2023. A key role will be to work with the University Development Office, the Master and Bursar of the College to secure a significant endowment enabling the College to achieve the status of an independent college.

You will have operational responsibility for College cultivation events, giving programmes, major gifts, international, legacy prospect management and alumni relations, as well as bid-writing and proposal writing. The post provides a unique opportunity within the collegiate university to work across a broad range of areas within a small but ambitious Development Office.  You will play an active role in the College community, including attending a number of events each year, some of which may be out-of-hours. The post holder will set the goals and manage the resources, performance and development of the team.

Who we are looking for.

You will have proven experience leading teams in the areas of fundraising and development and will have excellent administration and communication skills, ideally gained in a similar environment, potentially in a higher education setting. High levels of integrity, motivation, commitment and flexibility. Training is available as appropriate to the successful candidate.

Some overseas travel may be necessary. Working in an integrated and collegial manner with other offices of the College, in particular, recognising the impact on other teams’ schedules and planning. The post holder will demonstrate a strong commitment to and understanding of the values of the College, higher education and continuous learning, and must feel comfortable at events at the College and other locations with a wide variety of individuals and groups.

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Welcome from the Master of the College

Dear Candidate,

Welcome to the St Cross College, Oxford recruitment page and thank you for taking a look at our site.

St Cross College is a prestigious graduate college set in the heart of the beautiful City of Oxford. In 2025 we will celebrate our 60th anniversary. With around 600 students, our College is characterised by its international flavour, the diverse range of subjects studied and taught by students and Fellows and its friendly and egalitarian culture. A high proportion of students come from overseas to study on one-year Masters courses or to complete a multi-year PhD.

I joined the College as its new Master in September 2023 and am looking for someone to work closely with me, with our new Bursar, and with our Governing Body, to take the lead on all fundraising and development activity and manage all alumni relations here. We have the ambition to raise an endowment fund and apply for a Royal Charter to give ourselves the independence enjoyed by most of the colleges within Oxford University. There are a host of opportunities for us to build on our core mission to offer a nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment dedicated to the pursuit of excellence within the Collegiate University. We need to significantly increase our philanthropic income. To do this, we need to commit to fundraising strategically, building on our relationships with our Alumni and other supporters, growing an internal culture of philanthropy and a distinctive brand for St Cross College.

I now need someone to take the lead on this fundraising and development activity and on managing all alumni relations at the College. It is an exciting new chapter for St Cross, and I do hope you will consider applying for a role vital to the success of our future plans. You will have operational responsibility for College cultivation events, giving programmes, major gifts, international, legacy prospect management and alumni relations, as well as bid-writing and proposal writing. The post provides a unique opportunity within the collegiate university to work across a broad range of areas within a small but ambitious Development Office. We currently have over 5,000 alumni based in 130 different countries.

You are likely to have held a senior fundraising position in an organisation of similar complexity to St Cross College and be looking for a substantial leadership role to build on your track record of successful major gift fundraising. You will be able to demonstrate strong strategic planning and vision-building, as well as excellent interpersonal skills in order to bring a range of diverse stakeholders including influential alumni, academics and students, with you.

We offer a friendly, collaborative working environment in beautiful historic buildings; an interesting, fulfilling role interacting directly with our students, our supporters, our alumni, our staff and our Fellows; and the opportunity to get involved, if you wish, in myriad ways in the social, cultural and intellectual life of the College.

I am committed to making this next step in your career a fulfilling one. If you believe that you are the person to spearhead our future fundraising and alumni relations programme, I’d be delighted to discuss this opportunity with you further and look forward to receiving your application.

Kate Mavor CBE
Master
St Cross College

About St Cross College

Dedicated solely to Graduate students and Fellows, St Cross is characterised by an intellectually vibrant and truly international community. One of Oxford’s youngest colleges, St Cross prides itself on its friendly community filled with interdisciplinary academic excellence.

As part of this close-knit egalitarian College, you will find staff, students and fellows welcoming and committed to promoting the world-class study, research and innovation of Oxford University.

St Cross is home to scholars from a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and is atypical of the Oxford tradition – it does not have separate common rooms for its Senior and Junior Members or a high table in the hall. Instead, there are central common rooms to be used by all College Members and open seating in the hall.

The St Cross College community is diverse with over 60% of students hailing from overseas; the common room is a wonderful mixture of language and cultures.

Found in over 122 countries, more than 5,000 St Crossers belong to a global alumni network that lives up to the College’s motto ‘To the four corners of the earth’.

Situated on St Giles, right in the very heart of Oxford City, St Cross College is conveniently located for a large number of departments, libraries and Institutes. Furthermore, social hotspots of the city like Little Clarendon Street, George Street and Oxford Castle are only minutes away.

For more information, please visit our website.

St Giles site

There is step-free access throughout the Blackwell Quad and into the main building from the main entrance on St Giles.

Our newest building, the West Wing, is completely accessible, with step-free access throughout, lift access to the upper floors (to accommodation), button-operated doors, and disabled toilets on the ground floor.

An accessible toilet is also available outside the Common Room.

There is step-free access from the Common Room into the quad.

In October 2018, ramps were installed around the Blackwell Quad allowing step-free access.

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Further information:

Adjustable height desks have been installed as required, as well as different types of ergonomic chairs, foot and wrist rests and a voice recognition system.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 10th June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 14th June 2024
    First stage interviews (virtual): Thursday 20th June 2024
    Second stage interviews (Oxford): Thursday 27th June 2024


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