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Head of Development University of Derby

The University of Derby is seeking to appoint a new Head of Development who will deliver an ambitious fundraising strategy to meet institutional targets and support a range of activities across the institution.

  • Location: Derby
  • Salary: £48,906 - £61,133 (with potential for progression)
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

The University of Derby is located in the heart of England and offers industry-relevant, expert teaching from foundation and undergraduate degrees to postgraduate study and research. Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield, and we have invested more than £200 million in some of the best university facilities in the UK over the last ten years.

We achieve outstanding results for our teaching and research, and with more than 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academics and professional services staff.

The University boasts world-leading research that demonstrates real-world impact and has recently received the prestigious TEF Gold for learning and teaching and student experience, which places the University of Derby in the top 20% of universities in England.

About the role

As the most senior development professional at the University of Derby, the Head of Development is a member of the senior management team within the Stakeholder Relationships Department and will lead the development, implementation and delivery of the University’s Development and Fundraising strategies. The postholder will grow a comprehensive fundraising and stewardship programme that will meet ambitious institutional targets and support a range of activities across the institution.

The Head of Development will coordinate all aspects of fundraising activity, ensuring the development of a range of innovative income-generating activities in collaboration with colleagues and key external stakeholders.

Exterior of Kedleston Road campus

Working closely with the wider External Relations team and the University’s Executive members, the Head of Development will lead the review and cultivation of a range of individual, corporate and trust prospects to solicit major gifts. This will include targeted gift-giving campaigns, hosting high-profile events alongside executive members, and developing a network of contacts and partners to ensure the University of Derby is well-positioned to respond to opportunities to meet ambitious income generation targets.

These fundraising activities will support a range of initiatives and projects across the institution – including funding for research chairs, PhD programmes, student scholarships and projects, and hardship funds – that will have a profound impact on student recruitment and experience and continue to raise the reputation of the University of Derby.

Through the development and implementation of robust processes that adhere to legislation and policy guidelines, the postholder will provide excellent and efficient support services to our supporters, donors and stakeholders. The role will also monitor risk and opportunity, implementing marketing and engagement plans accordingly, ensuring that all fundraising campaigns and activities are precise, targeted and impactful.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a Head of Development with excellent knowledge of fundraising, strong relationship management and engagement skills, and a proven track record of delivering to philanthropic income targets. Ideally, the post holder will have experience managing or being an integral part of a successful development function within a UK higher education setting.

Candidates must demonstrate their experience in the stewardship of high-profile donors and their ability to manage a pipeline of potential donors. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their experience in aligning the delivery of fundraising activities to support the achievement of wider institutional strategies.

You must demonstrate experience in working closely with a range of senior stakeholders, with the ability to successfully engage and influence both internal and external stakeholders to meet income-generating targets through a range of fundraising activities.

You should have a good understanding of fundraising and development in the UK higher education sector, grounded in knowledge of broader fundraising regulations and best practices.

Candidates must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the confidence and ability to represent the department and University with senior colleagues and stakeholders.

Strong administrative skills are essential, with the ability to implement robust processes, manage and monitor data effectively, and ensure accurate communications with senior stakeholders through reporting and other activities.

Benefits

  • Generous annual leave entitlement of 30 days + bank holidays + 4 days concessionary leave
  • Hybrid working available
  • Coaching and development in role
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Access to employer-funded Private Health Insurance with BUPA
  • Suite of holistic wellbeing benefits and support, including family-friendly policies, generous sick pay provision, and a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to a variety of staff discounts at high street retailers
  • Discounted onsite gym
  • Discounted access to Devonshire Spa

You can learn more about the benefits of working at the University of Derby by visiting our website.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

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About the University of Derby

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its university status in 1992. Teaching at the Derby site actually dates back to 1851, when it was a Diocesan Institution for training teachers, so we have over 160 years of expertise in education. We have since become a University of first choice for students who want a supportive, aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for their chosen career. Our significant investment in world-class facilities is building on our reputation for student-focused real-world learning in an increasingly competitive sector. Located in the heart of England, we build on our region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching at all levels.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield, and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK.

During the last ten years, we have invested over £200 million in facilities designed to give students the best possible learning environment. We have more investment planned and continue to develop teaching to be innovative, stimulating, and engaging.

Exterior of Cathedral Court

Recent investments include:

  • £12 million STEM Centre, including facilities for mechanical testing, robotics, and an anechoic chamber
  • State-of-the-art £10.8 million Sports Centre
  • Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite, the only one of its kind in a University outside London
  • Forensic Training Facility with a dedicated crime scene house
  • Fashion Industry Facility at Chandos Pole Street
  • Industry-standard Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab

We achieve outstanding results for our teaching and research, and with around 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic, professional, and support services staff.

We want everyone to receive the high-quality education they deserve, regardless of age, background or location. We were named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020 and Higher Education Institution of the Year at the 2020 NEON (National Education Opportunities Network) Awards. And we have won the Guardian University Award 2020 for Social and Community Impact.

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an exceptional place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

You can learn more about the institution here.

Learn more about the University of Derby

Accessibility information

[Pictures copyrighted to Beth Walsh 07888753521] University of Derby- The day before open Day 2021

Every aspect of our University is committed to promoting equality and diversity through inclusion. We understand that in order to thrive at work, inclusion engenders a sense of belonging and we recognise that wholeness at work is key to engagement and high performance. We encourage and enable our staff to celebrate the richness of their diversity, participating in staff networks, contributing to awareness raising and role modelling practices and behaviours consistent with our values. Throughout the year, we hold multiple events that champion equality, diversity and inclusion; such as International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, Black History Month, Disability History Month and LGBT History Month. We provide staff with a blended approach to staff development, offering a wealth of online and face-to-face resources, which are thought-provoking and challenging to ensure that staff understand their responsibilities towards equality, diversity and inclusion. Working at the University is exciting and together, we will continually strive to make the University the most inclusive place it can be.

Some examples of our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

The University of Derby is a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the AccessAble Scheme, holds a bronze Athena SWAN Charter award, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and won University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020.

See the following links for further information about the University of Derby’s commitment to encouraging diversity and championing inclusion:


For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Olivia Robson | olivia@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 924770

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 25th March 2024
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