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Senior Development & Philanthropy Positions King’s College London & King’s Health Partners

Are you looking for an opportunity to support the advancement of world-leading education and research at a top global university?

  • Location: London, UK (hybrid – a combination of office and home working)
  • Salary: Varies based on role

King’s College London is proud to be one of the top universities in the world and among the oldest in England. The university offers an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and caring traditions, and is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society, both in the UK and internationally. King’s Health Partners, the university’s partnership with three NHS Foundation Trusts, brings together world-class research, education and clinical practice for the benefit of patients and the communities of south London. The university is based across five campuses in the heart of London, and like its host city, the community at King’s is diverse. 

King’s are recruiting for four new senior roles, developing new ways of working, and are hugely ambitious in their plans to grow philanthropic support.

Associate Director of Development - Arts & Sciences and Health (x2)

Salary: Attractive and dependent on experience

Type: Full time / permanent

Location: London, UK (hybrid – a combination of office and home working)

We are creating two new senior roles to lead high level fundraising for King’s College London and King’s Health Partners.

We are developing new ways of working and are hugely ambitious in our plans as we seek to grow our philanthropic support. Pivotal to this is the creation of two new Associate Director of Development roles, responsible for Arts & Sciences (King’s College London), and Health (King’s College London & King’s Health Partners). You will be reporting to the Director of Development and working in collaboration with your counterpart to act as inspirational, and motivating leaders to developing high performing teams to realise our high-level fundraising activities. We are investing heavily in developing our people, and we need proven leaders who can realise our aspirations.

This period of change and evolution is unique and exciting, as you will play a leading role in the ‘momentum building phase’ of our new Campaign. You will be instrumental in shaping this. These represent substantial strategic drivers for change and growth, and we need people who can bring complex thinking, drive, and passion to the table.

You will be a great fundraiser with a track record of securing major gifts. Whilst experience of working with senior academics or clinicians (or equivalent) would be ideal, most importantly we need leaders with a track record of managing effective and meaningful relationships, at all levels. You will thus be naturally diplomatic, persuasive and credible at a senior level, possessing the professional gravitas that will engender the respect of key stakeholders, including the academic community and potential donors. Ultimately you will have a motivational leadership style, inspiring and empowering others in a constructive and collaborative way.

If your skills and experience match, and the challenges we offer are enticing, then we would very much like to hear from you.

Although based in London, a balance of home and office working is available.

Strategic Philanthropy Manager (x2)

Salary: KCL Grade 8 (£56,848 to £67,168) depending on experience

Type: Full time / permanent

Location: London, UK (hybrid – a combination of office and home working)

We’re looking for two exceptional principal gift fundraisers to join our team.

Philanthropy is key to advancing the mission of the university, our commitment to making the world a better place. We are hugely ambitious in our plans as we grow our philanthropic support. Pivotal to this is the creation of two new Strategic Philanthropy Manager positions, reporting directly to the Director of Development, and working closely with senior members of the university and health partnership, including the President & Principal. We are currently working on some exceptionally exciting opportunities for 8 and even 9 figure gifts, which we plan to develop and grow – you can play a vital role in realising these.

You will have unique access to, and be responsible for, the highest level of donors that are attracted to King’s, and we have a broad range of meaningful projects with exciting pipelines of donors in the UK and globally (international travel may be part of your role).

Research at King’s is ground-breaking, leading to new thinking and perspectives, and our principal gifts programme has a major impact to our strategic and campaign priorities to achieve this.

We seek someone with a strong understanding of the philanthropic landscape and of principal gift fundraising, as well as experience of developing and implementing fundraising strategies. Excellent cultivation, stewardship and in establishing, monitoring, and achieving highly ambitious fundraising targets will be what you bring to the table, and what excites you to join us.

You will have a natural ability to influence and negotiate, demonstrating the capability to secure 7, 8, and 9 figure gifts (£3m+) through face-to-face fundraising. We need someone with the ability to negotiate throughout a large, complex environment with multi-dimensional points of view, and the ability to manage multiple projects, identifying conflicting demands and establishing clear priorities.

If your skills and experience match, and the challenges we offer are enticing, then we would very much like to hear from you.

Although based in London, a balance of home and office working is available.

Closing date for all applications: By 9 a.m., Tuesday 24th May 2022

We realise that the “perfect candidate” doesn’t always exist, so don’t be put off applying for one of our jobs because you don’t tick every box. If you’re passionate and excited about working for us and possess the main skills and experience we are looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be just what we are looking for!

To access the job information packs for these roles, please complete the ‘How to Apply’ tab. If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

Jules Chaney (E: jules@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07399 749982) or

James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

Our friendly, professional community embraces a culture with a deep respect for individual differences. Equality, Diversity & Inclusion are central tenets of King’s Vision, and thus we particularly welcome applicants who are disabled, LGBTQ+ and/or from a minority ethnic group, as they are under-represented at King’s.


If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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Dear Candidate,

Welcome to the King’s College London and King’s Health Partners recruitment page and thank you for taking a look at our site.

King’s is home to one of the largest and most respected university fundraising functions in the UK. Ambitious and innovative, the team has won awards across the higher education and charity sectors, including a CASE Platinum Award for Fundraising and a CASE Gold Award for Donor Relations and Stewardship. The award-winning World questions| King’s answers campaign closed in December 2015, having raised over £600m to tackle some of the world’s biggest questions in areas such as neuroscience, mental health, global security, and cancer. That campaign broke the mould for UK higher education fundraising; it was sector leading and we want to achieve the same again.

We work with donors across the globe to support strategic projects at King’s College London and for the academic health sciences centre, King’s Health Partners.

We are currently in the momentum building phase of our new campaign which will culminate in 2029 when King’s College London will celebrate its bicentenary. This milestone represents an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the past two hundred years and plan with confidence for the future.

We are recruiting four new senior strategic roles which will be key to developing and shaping our journey towards this milestone and enabling us to celebrate it with success.

Working for a university means I get to absorb knowledge on an eclectic and critical range of topics every day. As a fundraiser, I’m inspired to succeed, knowing that we can help provide the very best support to King’s College and King’s Health Partners to invest in new ground-breaking research, build world class facilities and improve social mobility by widening access to a university education and healthcare.

I am committed to making this next step in your career a fulfilling one. For me, fulfilment comes from my engagement with the breadth of the work that King’s and its partners is doing to make a positive change in the world. From ensuring every young person can step into adult life with good mental health. To ground-breaking research that improves the way people do sustainable business. To ensuring that the brightest young mathematicians, no matter their background, can pursue their passion. I hope that you, too, can be engaged and stimulated by the broad range of activity King’s is engaged in.

I look forward to discussing this opportunity with you further.

Matt Gorman

Director of Development, King’s College London & King’s Health Partners

Matthew Gorman | LinkedIn

Our Department

Fundraising and Supporter Development (F&SD) is an integrated department that provides a single fundraising and supporter engagement function in support of King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and for King’s Health Partners. In doing so, we work closely with and on behalf of the Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, as well as the Maudsley Charity. Based at King’s College London, we work with colleagues across our partners to help them serve society through world-leading education, research and healthcare.

We operate a unique and powerful model, which brings together fundraising for all our partners across major and principal gifts; trusts & foundations; legacies; corporate engagement and public fundraising. We also promote King’s College London’s engagement with its worldwide alumni community, as well as engaging more broadly with supporters of all our partners. Our work is underpinned and enhanced by a range of dedicated professionals in areas such as donor relations, communications and marketing, prospect research, finance, data, supporter services, governance and general administration.

By pooling our passion and expertise, our potential and impact is maximised – to the benefit of our partners and their beneficiaries, supporters and donors. Our model also drives benefits for our staff, who get to work in a unique environment, engaging with several world-leading organisations and having opportunities to learn about and work across the many different component parts of our activity.

King’s Health Partners

King’s Health Partners (KHP) is an Academic Health Sciences Centre and a partnership between King’s College London and three NHS Foundation Trusts – Guys and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley. Academic Health Sciences Centres are engine rooms of high impact and innovation discovering new insights into disease, transforming diagnostics and unlocking new therapies. We speed up the time it takes to translate research and high impact innovations in physical and mental health into outstanding patient care. We bring together 40,000 NHS Staff with 30,000 students and researchers to join up world class research, education and pioneering clinical practice. For more information, visit: King’s Health Partners | An Academic Health Science Centre | London (kingshealthpartners.org)

King’s College London

King’s College London is an internationally renowned university delivering exceptional education and world-leading research. The university is dedicated to driving positive and sustainable change in society and realising our vision of making the world a better place.  Through its commitment to exceptional education, impactful research and genuine service to society, King’s College London is creating positive change in its communities, both in London and on the world stage. For more information, visit: King’s College London (kcl.ac.uk)

Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

We work closely with and on behalf of Guy’s & St Thomas’s Foundation to secure income and engage stakeholders in support of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust is among the UK’s busiest and most successful foundation trusts, with a long history of clinical excellence and high-quality care.  The Trust is made up of two of London’s best known teaching hospitals – St Thomas’ Hospital and Guy’s Hospital. It also includes Evelina London Children’s Hospital and both adult and children’s community services in Lambeth and Southwark.

Dedication to the communities it serves is at the heart of everything the Trust undertakes, providing high quality and personal care. The Trust is guided by its values: putting patients first, taking pride in what we do, respecting others, striving to be the best and acting with integrity. Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals became part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ in February 2021, bringing together world-leading expertise and research in heart and lung disease.


Our Strategic Vision 2029 looks forward to King’s College London’s 200th anniversary in 2029 and sets out ambitious plans in five key areas:

  1. Educating the next generation of change-makers;
  2. Challenging ideas and driving change through research;
  3. Giving back to society through meaningful service;
  4. Working with our local communities in London;
  5. Fostering global citizens with an international perspective.

The role of Fundraising & Supporter Development is fundamental in supporting the strategic direction of the university and ultimately the design and delivery of our next Campaign will be aligned to the principals set out in Vision 2029. You could play a key role in helping us realise this vision.

World questions | King’s answers campaign raised over £600m, helping turn answers into action and dreaming into doing. This sector leading campaign enabled King’s to think different about the problems of the world and has transformed millions of lives. You can watch the official launch to the campaign here.

Examples of our work

There are numerous examples across King’s where the impact of philanthropy is visible. Over the last decade, we’ve secured significant donations including: £15m for the Qatar Centre for Banking & Finance, £15m for the Lau China Institute, and £20m for the Dickson Poon School of Law.

Students are at the heart of King’s. Philanthropy not only supports individuals during their time at King’s but helps to shape a future generation of socially responsible citizens.

‘I feel when a donor gives money to King’s in terms of scholarships and financial support, they are really investing in the students. As a recipient of a scholarship myself, I feel grateful that someone believes in me, and someone is really investing in me to reach the full potential that I can at university’.

Graham Booker awarded a scholarship to attend medical, Graham was the first in his family to attend university.

One of our current priorities is fundraising for Children & Young People’s Mental Health. Our ambition is to ensure that every young person can step into their adult life with good mental health and the advantages it brings. Now is the time to make this ambition a reality, as research and major scientific developments stand on the cusp of making a transformational difference to young people’s mental health.

This vision has led to our plans for the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People, a pioneering new centre for care and research based in South London at the heart of the world-leading Maudsley Hospital site. With support from our generous philanthropic partners, this ground-breaking Centre will bring together patients, families, scientists, clinicians and educators to dramatically improve our understanding of young people’s mental health and the way we address it.

Equality and Inclusion Statement

Students KCL Jan 2019

In Fundraising & Supporter Development we are committed to building a truly diverse workforce that reflects the communities served by our partners, recognising the range of benefits that we derive when colleagues bring experiences and perspectives from a range of backgrounds. As part of this work we have developed a race equality plan that instils this within our recruitment and we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion are central tenets of King’s Vision 2029 which sets out the roadmap for King’s ambition to provide an exceptional student experience and to be an employer of choice. Integral to this is ensuring equality of opportunity and outcome, recognising, celebrating and improving our diversity and inclusion.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion means that King’s aims to create an environment where differences are not just respected, but also valued and celebrated. Everyone should be able to bring their whole self to King’s.

King’s has been a member of the Athena SWAN Gender Equality Charter since 2007 and gained its most recent Silver institutional award in 2021. In addition, we hold a Bronze Race Equality Charter Mark Award. We are members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions program aiming to ensure inclusion for all LGBTQIA+ people as well as the Business Disability Forum and Working Families. We also have a variety of staff networks that support our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy helping us foster good relations and providing development and support opportunities.​ The networks include NEST (parents and carers), Race Equality, Access King’s (disability equality), Elevate (gender equality) and Proudly King’s (LGBTQIA+ equality).

To be truly inclusive we need to recognise the inequality and unfairness that exists in society and which can be reproduced in our systems and processes. King’s challenges itself to continually improve and seeks to take proactive steps to correct imbalances. We have set ourselves targets of improving our gender balance at senior leadership levels as well as increasing the representation of black and minority ethnic people in our staff to better match our student body.

Fundraising and Supporter Development Core Values

Our Core Values are a key part of the culture in our team and are integral to the success of our staff members and the department. We are committed to our values and that’s why the successful candidate will be invited to take part in a Core Values-based interview before being offered the role.

Staff Benefits


You will have the option of joining Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). King’s has also introduced a scheme called PensionsPlus, which is a cost effective way to pay into your existing pension scheme, and increases your take home pay.

Annual Leave

27 working days per year (from January-December), plus bank holidays. King’s closes down between Christmas and New Year, staff are gifted these days on top of their annual entitlement!

Wellbeing Days

Wellbeing is the highest priority within Fundraising and Supporter Development. As such, we are trialing a new initiative of staff to take up to two days per calendar year without advance notice or a reason. Wellbeing days can be used where you are well and are fit for work but need some time out as you are feeling less resilient than usual or need to recover from a particularly busy schedule.

Flexible and Hybrid Working

We have introduced hybrid working alongside our existing flexible working policies to support our Professional Services staff to work more flexibly wherever we can. While it will be important to have an office presence in London, we would welcome applicants based in other parts of the country who would be willing to travel to London for a quota of days within a month.

Family-friendly Policies

We offer a range of generous packages for leave including maternity, paternity, parental leave and shared parental leave.

Service Time

Staff are entitled to spend up to 3 days per year doing voluntary work for an external cause, such as a charitable organisation, or within your community.

King’s Sports

There is a range of facilities available to staff, including:

  1. three outdoor sports grounds a short distance from the main campuses
  2. the King’s Health and Fitness Centre with high quality gym equipment and fitness classes with qualified instructors
  3. the Thomas Guy Club which operates two fitness centres and an indoor swimming pool.

Employee Assistance Programme

This provides independent, free, confidential advice and guidance on a range of practical issues for staff on both home and work concerns, such as family matters, debt management, relationships, well-being, personal development, and life events.

Cycle to Work Scheme

This scheme allows staff to make substantial savings on the cost of a bicycle, safety equipment and accessories.

Interest-free Ticket Loan

Each staff member has the opportunity to obtain an interest-free loan to pay for their annual travel ticket.

Staff Discounts

As a King’s member of staff, as well as working with the NHS, you are entitled to a variety of discounts.

And much more! – King’s College London offers a wide range of staff benefits. To see the full comprehensive list, please visit: kcl.ac.uk/hr/staffbenefits


The university has a firm commitment to disability equality and the Disability and Dyslexia Service supports disabled students to enable them to undertake their studies and enjoy a satisfying student experience. There is an active disabled student society that is working closely with the university to identify opportunities for enhancements to facilities and practice.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns/working locations can be adjusted.

Learn more about accessibility here

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    We realise that the “perfect candidate” doesn’t always exist, so don’t be put off applying for one of our jobs because you don’t tick every box. If you’re passionate and excited about working for us and possess the main skills and experience we are looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be just what we are looking for!

    To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

    Please send your application to (inserting “Application –*job title, KCL” into the subject field):  response@peridotpartners.co.uk

    *The job title inserted should be one of the following:

    • Strategic Philanthropy Manager
    • AD of Development Arts & Sciences
    • AD of Development Health

    If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:

    Jules Chaney (E: jules@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07399 749982) or

    James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

    All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants 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 job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

    Closing date: By 9 a.m. Tuesday 24th May 2022

    First Stage Interviews: From w/c 30th May 2022


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