Are you looking for an opportunity to transform philanthropic giving at a world-class university?
Salary: c.£70k, depending on experience, plus benefits
We are seeking an inspirational leader to head up our expanding philanthropy team and drive forward our fundraising efforts for the next decade.
The new Assistant Director–Philanthropy is a crucial role in helping us to increase our philanthropic income significantly into the future. You will work with colleagues across the University to deliver ambitious philanthropic targets and develop lifelong relationships between the University, our alumni and other supporters.
A key part of this role will be to develop long-term relationships with philanthropists around the world to secure transformational gifts, including funding for students, research projects and the redevelopment of our campuses.
We are looking for someone with significant personal success in securing six and seven figure philanthropic gifts in HE, voluntary or cultural sectors, or proven transferable skills. You will be a senior leader who has developed and implemented successful fundraising strategies, with the natural ability to inspire. As a sophisticated networker, you will bring exceptional negotiating skills, with a persuasive communication style.
3x roles covering; Medicine, Environment, and Humanities and Social Sciences
Salary: c.£60k, depending on experience, plus benefits
The new Heads of Development are key roles, working with colleagues across the University to deliver ambitious philanthropic support and develop lifelong relationships between the University, our alumni and other supporters. Heads of Development have a high-profile within and beyond the University, and each will lead a small team to support fundraising with focus on one of the University’s three academic faculties – Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, and Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
You will develop long-term relationships with philanthropists around the world to secure Major (£25k+), Principal (£250k+) and Transformational (£1m+) gifts in support of University priorities including support for students, research and the development of campuses.
We seek individuals with significant personal success in securing six figure philanthropic gifts in HE, voluntary or cultural sectors, or proven transferable skills. You will have developed and implemented successful fundraising strategies, have proven management experience and the natural ability to inspire. As a sophisticated networker, you will bring exceptional negotiating skills, with a persuasive communication style.
This role may require you to work outside normal office hours occasionally, and travel across the UK and internationally as required (40-50%).
Salary: £44,706 – £51,799, depending on experience, plus benefits
The new Senior Development Manager will work with colleagues across the University to deliver ambitious philanthropic support and develop lifelong relationships between the University, our alumni and other supporters. You will develop 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.
Whilst having knowledge of all fundraising themes, you will focus on generating philanthropic support for one of the University’s three academic faculties – Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, and Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
We seek individuals with significant personal success in securing six figure philanthropic gifts in HE, voluntary or cultural sectors, or proven transferable skills. You will have experience of working in a team whilst working towards personal targets. We need someone who can effectively represent the University to all stakeholders including national and international figures of affluence and influence and high-net-worth individuals. As a sophisticated networker, you will bring exceptional negotiating skills, with a persuasive communication style.
This role may require you to occasionally work outside normal office hours, and travel across the UK as required (40-60%).
If you believe in the power of education, research and philanthropy to transform lives then we would very much like to hear from you.
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.
If you would like to have an informal conversation about these opportunities, you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.
Thank you for your interest in joining our Global Advancement team.
We are offering you an opportunity to make a real difference in your professional career as we strengthen and expand the University of Exeter’s engagement with supporters around the world. Our work has helped fund 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.
Money raised has also supported students to 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, and surpassed its original target, raising more than £71m. We are now at a pivotal point in the growth and development of our philanthropic endeavours.
The University has reshaped its academic faculties, creating renewed focus in Medicine, Environment, and Humanities and Social Sciences. This creates significant fundraising opportunities.
We will double the size of our operations over the next few years to circa 70 staff as we plan for our next philanthropic campaign. We are therefore seeking to appoint five new senior positions immediately:
If you have a track record of raising significant philanthropic donations, and can inspire others to do the same, then come join us and deploy your skills to have a real and lasting impact on the world around us.
Dr Shaun Curtis
Director of Global Advancement
University of Exeter
Formed in 1955, we are a member of the Russell Group, which comprises the UK’s leading research-intensive universities. We are proud of our achievements but we remain ambitious for the future. The University of Exeter has gone from strength to strength becoming the UK’s fastest rising research university over the past decade.
Our ambition is to 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 supporters around the world. We’re in touch with more than 155,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. Exeter graduates have been making a positive difference to the lives of others for over 100 years.
The Global Advancement team is organised into three interrelated areas:
Philanthropy: responsible for relationships with high-net-worth individuals and organisations. They regularly meet one-to-one with current and potential donors to discuss areas of interest and update on the progress of a philanthropically funded project. As well as meetings this activity can take the form of online and physical events where donors can meet with academics and learn more about areas of interest. The Philanthropy team is also responsible for all bid submissions to Trusts and Foundations.
Supporter Engagement: responsible for building engagement with our alumni community and working with them to support different objectives across the University. The team manage relationships with alumni volunteers, who give their time to support careers activities, student recruitment and also peer-to-peer networking. The team runs alumni networks and groups, organise larger scale events and are responsible for all mass communication and the Regular Giving programme.
Operations: responsible for other activity in Global Advancement. The team manages our alumni and supporter database ensuring all GDPR and data protection regulations are complied with. They also manage donor stewardship, prospect research and the processing of all donations.
Our new university structure aligns around three core themes: healthier, greener, fairer. From September 2022 we will have three new faculties championing each:
The health, wellbeing and life sciences agenda continues to grow rapidly in regional, national and global importance. Research, education, philanthropic and commercial funding are all increasingly directed to this field and we must clearly signal our intention to address the challenges and opportunities this presents. We are strong across public health, physical health and mental health agendas and can build a distinctive profile for integrating health, wellbeing and the broader life sciences.
“The last campaign raised £28.4m for medicine and allied subjects, supporting our work into chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and dementia. The generosity of our supporters is saving lives and improving care today. We can do so much more together, and our future development plans will take us to a new level.” Professor Sallie Lamb, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean
The creation of sustainable futures is a key pillar of Strategy 2030, arising from our institutional strength in environment and sustainability research and education, and a recognition that this is now a regional, national and global priority. We are one of the world’s best universities in environment and sustainability-driven science, engineering and business, founded on strong fundamental disciplinary research and education. We excel in areas allied to environment and sustainability both within and between disciplines.
“Exeter hosts some of the world’s top environmental scientists, with their work supported by philanthropists from across the world. This has facilitated incredible developments in areas such as marine conservation, sustainable land management, sustainable finance, renewable energy and climate change mitigation. Philanthropic donations are vital for helping us lead the charge for a more sustainable future.” Professor Dan Charman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean
Exeter’s Humanities and Social Sciences subjects are ranked amongst the best in the world. In a time of volatility, complexity and uncertainty, research and education across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences are critical to unlocking human creativity, to engaging in a human-centred way with the world around us, and to building the inclusive understanding that will help us to co-create a better future.
“Bringing together such highly ranked Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences into a connected, open and resilient faculty will inspire students and colleagues to think creatively and critically. Philanthropic support in recent years has supported a diverse range of teaching and research, from understanding science in the ancient world; funding programmes in Islamic archaeology; and forging greater understanding between China and the West.”
Professor Gareth Stansfield, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean
It’s a lively city with a strong independent sector. There are boutique shops alongside high street stores, as well as independent eateries using locally sourced produce. Exeter was recently rated by industry group Tech Nation as one of three cities in the UK (and the only one in England) to be named as the next potential technology hub. This was due to the high number of tech start-up companies already operating; the room for more in the city’s science parks and university; and its strong IT, road, rail and air connectivity with the UK and wider world.
The Exeter Tech ecosystem has come alive as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as people have found new ways to connect, form partnerships and help each other to build their businesses, big and small.
New ideas are encouraged and funded through Exeter-based organisations like SETsquared and Crowdcube, among others. In addition, established businesses are bringing new and innovative products to market to help others thrive and grow as we move through the global changes triggered by the pandemic.
Situated close to St Luke’s Campus is the state- of-the-art Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building. In partnership with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, the researchers in this building are making major scientific advances and upskilling tomorrow’s medical professionals. With a population of 130,000 – and nearly half a million people within a 45 minute catchment area – Exeter is a young, student-friendly city with 17 per cent of people aged between 18 and 24. Boasting a high quality of life and low crime rate, a quarter of Exeter’s population study or work at the University.
With a variety of travel options connecting Exeter to London, the UK and global destinations, the city is more accessible than ever. In recent years, a number of big-name companies and organisations have seen the potential of the South West’s capital city, from the Met Office to the John Lewis Partnership.
The University of Exeter has two sites in Cornwall; the Penryn Campus, which is unique in the country for its joint use of space with the highly respected Falmouth University; and the Knowledge Spa at Truro Hospital, home to the University’s College of Medicine and Health in Cornwall. Our Penryn Campus sits at the head of the Penryn River Estuary, on the northern edge of the coastal town of Falmouth.
One of the South West’s leading cultural destinations, Falmouth also offers a thriving business environment. The rollout of the most advanced broadband network in Europe provides connectivity across an area that has become home to a thriving cluster of creative enterprise and sustainable innovation. The city of Truro is Cornwall’s county town and its impressive cathedral is the site of our Cornwall graduation ceremonies.
Research on our Cornwall campuses encompasses a diverse range of themes; from renewable energy, conservation and construction to healthcare, culture and government. Our researchers collaborate with local businesses, as well as leading international institutions, to address global and local issues in science, medicine and society.
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