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Senior Alumni Engagement Executive (Events) University of Warwick

Looking for an opportunity to plan and deliver alumni engagement events at a top 10 university?

  • Location: University House, Kirby Corner Road, CV4 8UW, Coventry (hybrid office and home working available)
  • Salary: £31,406 – 40,927, depending on experience

The University of Warwick is one of the most successful young universities in the UK. With a dynamic and forward-thinking culture, and a reputation for combining innovation with the relentless pursuit of excellence, it is firmly established within the top 10 of all UK university rankings, and currently 62nd in the world. Its Development and Alumni Engagement office is on a similar trajectory, challenged to raise the funds needed to take the University and its students to the next level.

To help meet this challenge, the University is looking to recruit a Senior Alumni Engagement Executive (Events) to work closely with colleagues in Development and Alumni Engagement and across the University, to plan and deliver alumni engagement events that enable mutually beneficial relationships with alumni in support of the university strategy.

Reporting to our Alumni Engagement Manager, and supported by an Events Administrator, you will be responsible for planning and delivering a range of engagement events across multiple channels, including in person, online and hybrid events.

You will work collaboratively with team members and colleagues from the Faculties, and key stakeholders from academic departments and professional services, to develop and deliver a programme of alumni engagement events.

Building mutually beneficial relationships with alumni in support of student recruitment, student opportunities and philanthropy, through events in the UK and overseas. This also prepares students to become more engaged with the institution as alumni.

Measuring and reporting on the outcomes of alumni events and utilising market research and insight to inform event strategies will be crucial.

As will working collaboratively with colleagues, to generate high quality digital and hardcopy content that supports these events, and provide guidance and services when supporting the institution in delivering innovative events that align with best practice and industry standards.

We are seeking someone with substantial experience of working in a fundraising, alumni engagement, marketing, communications, stakeholder engagement and/or an events role. You will have experience of delivering events and developing event communications, including event briefings and speaking notes, for a complex organisation, with numerous clients and a wide range of stakeholders. Experience of project managing digital events, hybrid events and face to face events will also be key.

Furthermore, we seek strong experience of project management, team working skills, strong negotiating skills, and the ability to pre-empt problems. You will come with an imaginative approach to problem solving, assertiveness and ability to act decisively. Equally, the ability to plan and organise complex activities and events, with the flexibility and the willingness to work outside of usual office hours to support alumni engagement and donor events, as required.

This role will allow you room to co-create and lead your team’s brief, and represents an exciting opportunity for the post holder to develop their career.

Closing date: By 9 am, Monday 13th December 2021

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

Damla Sat | damla@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814 264, or

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405 444

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WELCOME

“Warwick’s very birth in 1965 was only made possible by the generosity, support and friendship of individual donors, and partners in business, the charity sector, our community, city and region.

Our innovative approach, and the energy and commitment of Warwick’s staff and students, quickly built on that fantastic start, propelling Warwick into the top ten of the UK’s universities and the top one hundred in the world. Our Director of Development and his team are now poised to build the support, generosity and friendship we will need to make our next leap, and you could be part of that.”

Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick

In 2015 Warwick celebrated its 50th anniversary by completing the 50 Forward Campaign. This sparked an institutional appetite for building a Development team that specialises in big gift fundraising.

In 2018 Matt Ferguson joined Warwick with the mission to lead this transformation, and to use a new level of investment to attract the best talent in the industry.

Since then we have been busy, building a team culture that combines data analytics with ambition and entrepreneurial behaviour. We have completely restructured and re-energised the team. We have procured a new CRM, and embedded the financial systems and research support that enable fundraising to thrive.

With our new strategy, we have prioritised building a culture of philanthropy to support the delivery of the Vice Chancellor’s 2030 strategy.

In 2020 Development and Alumni Engagement merged. We created a new Alumni & Supporter Engagement team, to complement this culture of philanthropy, appointing three new Senior Alumni Engagement Executives, an Alumni Engagement Officer, and Alumni Engagement Manager in 2021.

Collaborating with colleagues across professional services and academic departments, the Alumni Engagement team focuses on “friendraising” – building lifelong relationships that inspire friendship and financial support, strengthen our reputation and advance our strategic vision.

The Senior Alumni Engagement Executive (Events) will work closely with colleagues in Development and Alumni Engagement and across the University, to plan and deliver alumni engagement events that enable mutually beneficial relationships with alumni in support of the university strategy. You will be supported by an Alumni Relations Assistant (Events), to achieve this.

If this sounds like an exciting challenge, then I look forward to meeting you.

Andrea Crowley, Deputy Director of Development (Alumni & Supporter Engagement)

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY at the University of Warwick

Over the years, the University of Warwick has been shaped by the generosity, support and friendship of individual donors, business partners and charitable organisations.

In the 1960s

  • A group of visionary community leaders set out to raise funds for a new university with a mission to boost skills and business innovation in the heart of Britain’s highly successful manufacturing sector.
  • Led by prominent businessman and Chancellor Designate, Lord Rootes, they raised £4 million from individuals and big-name companies; the largest amount generated by any of the new universities created in the 1960s.
  • One of their earliest philanthropic supporters was Helen Martin, an American benefactor, who literally transformed the University’s landscape with her gift to develop American-style campus accommodation, which she knew would be familiar and attractive to students from her native US. After this first gift in 1964, Ms Martin established a charitable trust which has continued to support scholarships and capital developments on campus to this day.
  • The first 450 students arrived on campus in 1965.

In the 1990s

  • Warwick launched an appeal to build and equip a state-of- the-art biomedical research facility and worked with local volunteers to successfully raise over £6 million towards it.
  • With further fundraising from individuals, local businesses and trusts they were then able to appoint the first medical research professor and the first Endowed Chair in Neurobiology.
  • Towards the end of the 1990s, they appointed their first Director of Development with a full-service Development Office following a few years later.

In 2015

  • Warwick completed their 50th anniversary fundraising campaign which smashed its £50 million target by raising £75 million.

Now…

  • Today over 27,200 students thrive across three faculties, in more than 70 research centres, institutes and schools.
  • With a team of 39 and growing, Warwick’s Development and Alumni Engagement team is one of the most ambitious in the UK.
  • Warwick currently nurtures relationships with over 253,000 alumni, friends and supporters across the world.
  • Last year, the University raised over £15 million towards a variety of fundraising priorities, including research, student experience and capital plans.
  • This year, they have secured funding for PhD scholarships in the Institute for Global Pandemic Planning, for research into Antimicrobial Resistance, for Student Support, and for the redevelopment of the Warwick Arts Centre.
  • Right now, the University is seeking to significantly increase and enhance its level of philanthropic support, so it can keep pace with other institutions and its own ambitious goals. To this end, Warwick appointed Matt Ferguson as their Director of Development at the start of 2018 and are committed to investing in Development and Alumni Engagement to increase its capacity and effectiveness and embed a culture of philanthropic leadership within the University.

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    Closing date: By 9 am, Monday 13th December 2021

    Interviews:  Early January 2022

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