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Senior Leadership – Global Advancement University of Exeter

Come make the exceptional happen at the University of Exeter by joining the Senior Leadership team and have a real and lasting impact on the world around us.

  • Location: Exeter, UK (hybrid working available)
  • Salary: Various

We are recruiting multiple senior positions for the Global Advancement department at the University of Exeter to expand the expertise and increase philanthropic activities to support the 2030 Strategy:

Assistant Director – Philanthropy

Salary: £58,562 – £67,539, grade H

The Assistant Director – Philanthropy will lead the Philanthropy team with the aim of developing long term relationships with philanthropists around the world to generate Major (£25k+), Principal (£250k+) and Transformational (£1m+) donations in support of University priorities including support for students, research and the development of campuses in Devon and Cornwall. The Assistant Director – Philanthropy will develop fundraising strategies and will support the philanthropy team to deliver against individual and overall fundraising targets. The Assistant Director – Philanthropy will manage a small portfolio of fundraising prospects to deliver against a personal target.

The Assistant Director – Philanthropy will have a high-profile within and beyond the University. They will work closely with the Director of Global Advancement, the Assistant Director – Supporter Engagement and Assistant Director – Operations, Campaign Board Chair, academic colleagues and senior University leaders including the Vice-Chancellor, Provost and Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellors.

Head of Development3x roles covering; Medicine, Environment, and Humanities and Social Sciences

Salary: £58,562 – £67,539, grade H

The Heads of Development will work with colleagues across the Philanthropy team with the aim of developing long-term relationships with philanthropists around the world to generate Major (£25k+), Principal (£250k+) and Transformational (£1m+) donations in support of University priorities including support for students, research and the development of campuses in Devon and Cornwall. The Heads of Development will work closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the relevant Faculty to identify fundraising priorities and develop fundraising strategies to meet individual and team fundraising targets. Heads of Development will manage a portfolio of fundraising prospects to deliver against a personal target.

Heads of Development will have a high-profile within and beyond the University. They will work closely with the Director of Global Advancement, the Assistant Director – Philanthropy, Assistant Director – Supporter Engagement and Assistant Director – Operations, Campaign Board Members, academic colleagues and Senior University leaders including Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors.

Senior Development Manager

Salary: £44,706 – £51,799, grade G

Senior Development Managers will work with colleagues across the Philanthropy team with the aim of developing long-term relationships with philanthropists around the world to generate Major (£25k+), and Principal (£250k+) donations in support of University priorities including support for students, research and the development of campuses in Devon and Cornwall.

The Senior Development Manager will work in a small team led by a Head of Development and whilst having knowledge of all fundraising themes, will focus on generating philanthropic support for one of the University’s three academic faculties – Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, and Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

These roles are permanent, full-time and based at the University of Exeter, with hybrid working available.

The following pages provide further background into the University and the Global Advancement department. To access the job information packs for these roles, please complete the ‘How to apply’ tab.

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A message from the Director of Global Advancement

Thank you for your interest in joining our Global Advancement team.

The University of Exeter combines world-class research with excellent student satisfaction, and we are both a member of the Russell Group and have a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework. We have over 25,000 students from 130 countries and over 125,000 alumni in 183 countries providing our academic community of staff, students and visiting researchers with a truly global experience and a diverse, inclusive environment.

Our Strategy 2030 will use the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision will continually move us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners, and to the world around us.

Global Advancement is responsible for building long-term relationships with the University’s alumni and supporters around the world. Donations have funded vital research into diseases such as dementia, diabetes and cancer; into environmental problems like climate change, plastic pollution and food security; and into understanding important economic, social and political dynamics across the world.

The money raised has also supported students to both attend Exeter and to have the best possible experience during their time here. It has funded bursaries and scholarships so talented students can come irrespective of their financial background, and it has paid for sports facilities and student events.

Exeter’s largest ever fundraising Campaign ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ closed in December 2020, which surpassed our target of £60m, raising over £71m. We are now at a pivotal point in the growth and development of the Global Advancement department, we now look to the future in order to build on our success.

We are reshaping our faculties, creating renewed focus in Medicine, Environment, and Humanities and Social Sciences, which creates a variety of potential fundraising activities. In order to continue to strive for excellence, we are now looking to expand the expertise in my team and increase philanthropic activities. As such we have created five new senior positions, which include:

  • Assistant Director – Philanthropy
  • Head of Development – three roles covering; Medicine, Environment, and Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Senior Development Manager

Our strategic partnerships across the world bring together leading academics and the resources of outstanding universities to deliver transformative impact in key global challenges. As a member of the Global Advancement team, you will make a real difference by advancing our vital work for the benefit of current and future generations.

At the University of Exeter, we want to make the exceptional happen, and have a real and lasting impact on the world around us. We are already firmly at the forefront of universities worldwide and our ambition is to increase that position, particularly as a Global 100 institution.

We want to challenge achieve more than they ever thought possible, and recruit the very best people from around the world to reach greater heights in research excellence, innovation and impact.

This is an opportunity for you to be part of our success. Come join us.

Dr Shaun Curtis

Director of Global AdvancementUniversity of Exeter

About the Organisation

The University of Exeter combines world-class research with excellent student satisfaction, from our campuses in the South West of England, in Exeter and Cornwall. We are one of the very few universities to be both a member of the Russell Group and have a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), evidence of our established international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. Our success is built on a strong partnership with our students and a clear focus on high performance.

Changing lives through education since 1851

The University of Exeter has been dedicated to discovery and changing lives through education since 1851 when the Exeter Schools of Art and Science were founded. In 1922 we became the University College of the South West, receiving our Charter in 1955, achieving full university status and becoming the University of Exeter.

The University was joined in 1978 by St Luke’s College of Education (est. 1840) and in 2004 we opened the Penryn Campus, expanding the provision of higher education in Cornwall. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, recognised for both our research and teaching excellence. You can learn more about our history on our dedicated pages.

Global Exeter

The University has over 25,000 students from 130 countries and over 125,000 alumni in 183 countries providing our academic community of staff, students and visiting researchers with a truly global experience and a diverse, inclusive environment. Our strategic partnerships across the world bring together leading academics and the resources of outstanding universities to deliver transformative impact in key global challenges such as global sustainability and wellbeing.

Research Excellence

Our research is at the heart of what we do and is making a difference across the world. We unite expertise from across our academic disciplines, breaking down barriers to create innovative solutions to complex, global challenges.

Recent breakthroughs to come out of the University of Exeter’s research include using drone surveys and computer modelling to plot extreme arctic erosion, improving diagnosis and treatment for cancer and diabetes (for which we were awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize) and developing a 7-point plan to battle the climate emergency via economic reform. Our scientists and clinicians are also part of a £20 million investment to battle the spread of coronavirus utilising the University’s state-of-the-art equipment to sequence the virus from Devon patients to help combat the disease.

 

Student satisfaction

The University of Exeter has always been among the leaders for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. The senior management team has sought to build on this strength by putting student service at the centre of its strategy. The Students’ Guild (Exeter Campuses) and the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (Penryn Campus, Cornwall) are involved at the earliest stages of strategic planning and given a major role in making spending decisions through a specially created Budget Scrutiny Group. This has led to a remarkable degree of joint thinking and teamwork.

Outstanding facilities

We have excellent teaching and research facilities and laboratories for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, as well as humanities and science across all of our campuses. These include the Environment and Sustainability Institute at our Penryn Campus, the Living Systems Institute and Digital Humanities Lab at our Streatham Campus, and the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre (RILD) at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, near our St Luke’s Campus.

The University of Exeter in Cornwall

Key to our success are our two Cornwall campuses: the Truro Campus and the Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site, and the Penryn Campus where some of the world’s biggest challenges relating to the environment, health and sustainability are tackled. Our Truro Campus is a base for a proportion of students from the University’s College of Medicine and Health, as well as the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. On our Penryn Campus, investments to the Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF) and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) put not only the University, but also Cornwall as a whole, at the forefront of research aiming to solve problems associated with environmental change. This commitment to sustainability underpins our ethos and recurs throughout our degree programmes as well as in student societies, clubs and the running of the campus.

Our Penryn Campus currently supports around 6,000 students. It offers a close-knit friendly community, in an arrangement that is unique as the campus is shared with Falmouth University; a leading specialist arts institution. This combination creates a vibrant community of students and academics from science, engineering, humanities and arts backgrounds.

University of Exeter Sport

We believe that sport is an important part of the student experience and this is reflected in our investment of over £25 million during the last decade in the highest quality training environments, resources and services for the development, coaching and playing of sport making us home to some of the best sports facilities in UK universities. We’re the number 1 sports university in the South of England and Wales and consistently finish top 10 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings each year.

The Sports Park at our Streatham Campus includes our Athlete Development Centre, all weather pitches, Cricket, Golf and Tennis Centres as well as the Russell Seal Fitness Centre and beautiful outdoor swimming pool.  Our St Luke’s indoor pool provides opportunities for children in the local community to learn to swim at the St Luke’s Swim School and students also benefit from a gym on the campus. Students based in Exeter also have access to a range of facilities off-site such as the Boathouse and sports grounds. Students at our Penryn Campus have access to a range of excellent facilities including a 90-station gym, outdoor gym equipment, sports hall and all-weather multi-use games area.

Strategy 2030 – Together we create the possible.

We will use the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision will continually move us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners, and to the world around us. To learn more, please visit vision please visit our dedicated site.

Global Advancement

Global Advancement is responsible for building long-term relationships with the University’s alumni and supporters around the world.

The department has just completed the University’s largest ever fundraising Campaign, ‘Making the Exceptional Happen‘, which aimed to raise £60 million and 60,000 volunteering hours by 2020. The final totals were actually more than £70 million and 100,000 hours.

Donations have funded vital research into diseases such as dementia, diabetes and cancer; into environmental problems like climate change, plastic pollution and food security; and into understanding important economic, social and political dynamics across the world.

The money raised has also supported students to both attend Exeter and to have the best possible experience during their time here. It has funded bursaries and scholarships so talented students can come irrespective of their financial background, and it has paid for sports facilities and student events.

Global Advancement is also responsible for alumni relations. More than 140,000 Exeter alumni are spread across the world, and many remain closely involved in supporting the University. As well as supporting with generous gifts of time and money, our alumni stay connected through a programme of UK and international events, and through alumni networks, including international groups and sporting social networks.

Dr Shaun Curtis, Director of Global Advancement

Shaun leads the University’s supporter engagement and fundraising activities in the UK and overseas, and led the delivery of Exeter’s largest ever fundraising Campaign ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’, which raised over £71m at its close in December 2020. Over 100,000 volunteering hours had also been secured.

Shaun joined the University as Director of International Exeter in August 2009, where he delivered the University’s first, fully-integrated ‘Internationalisation Strategy 2010-2015’.

Previously, Shaun was the inaugural Head of the UK Higher Education International Unit (now Universities UK International) influencing and advising universities and agencies on the opportunities of internationalisation, and delivering a range of bilateral education agreements between the UK and overseas governments.

Over three decades Shaun has worked in the public and private sectors in several countries. Shaun studied Politics at the University of Exeter, and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto.

For more information about us, please visit the University of Exeter website.

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