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Strategic Philanthropy Manager University of Glasgow

Are you looking for an opportunity to drive philanthropic giving at one of the world’s top universities?

  • Location: Glasgow, with hybrid/flexible working available
  • Salary: £44,706 - £51,799, depending on experience
  • Closing date: By 9 a.m. Tuesday 12th July 2022

The University of Glasgow is seeking to appoint a highly driven and ambitious Strategic Philanthropy Manager.

You will play a leading role in the University’s fundraising and alumni engagement strategies by managing a programme to secure lifetime gifts of between £10K and £1M (primarily in the UK); and by cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major donors at these levels.

With the Head of Strategic Philanthropy, the Philanthropy Manager (Legacies & Trusts), and the Global Philanthropy Manager, you will design the complex operational plans required to implement the strategies for major gift fundraising across teams in External Relations and with the four Colleges of the University.

With a proven track record of securing philanthropic gifts of between 4 and 6 figures, you will develop new fundraising audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

With experience of successfully managing and developing staff, you will have management responsibility for a team of 6, working primarily in the UK, which will include some priority European/short haul international markets as well.

If this sounds like you, we would very much like to hear from you.

This is a full-time permanent position.

To learn more, please read on through this recruitment site. To access the full job information pack, 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)




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

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Welcome from Fran Shepherd - Director of Development and Alumni

Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to find out more about us.

Glasgow is one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world. Our inventions, interventions and innovations have helped to shape the social, cultural and economic prosperity of our city, our country and civilisation itself. We have been changing the world since 1451 – and we’re just getting started.

In recent years, our outstanding disciplinary breadth and expertise has enabled us to make world-changing advances in fields as diverse as medicine, physics, linguistics, public policy and global development. 93.1% of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. As well as being one of the best universities in the world, we’re proud to be one of the best universities for the world; Glasgow is ranked in the world’s top 20 universities for contribution to the UN Sustainable Development goals.

Our staff, students and alumni come together as one Glasgow community, driven by a unifying desire to change the world for the better.

Philanthropy is one expression of this collective commitment.

Over the last ten years, our donors have helped to expand Glasgow’s world-class campus and facilities, to create life-changing scholarship programmes, and to catalyse pioneering research addressing challenges from the impact of climate change to virus research to refugee integration through culture. In 2023, we will close our first major institutional campaign, celebrating the impact of £110 million in philanthropic commitments. Development and Alumni have been critical to harnessing this philanthropic support, bringing people and the University together to make a positive difference.

We don’t plan to stop there. In the last few years, we have reshaped and invested in our team and revitalised our systems to lay the foundation for an ambitious new phase of fundraising. In the next decade, Glasgow aims to be synonymous with discoveries, innovations and leadership of global importance; a university characterised by the closeness of our community, the strength of our connections and the incredible potential unleashed by our collaborative spirit. The role of Strategic Philanthropy Manager will be vital to realising that vision.

We are seeking someone with shared purpose, shared values and the desire to make a difference, who will support and empower our talented team of major gifts specialists to do the same. With my full support and that of the Head of Strategic Philanthropy, you will have the opportunity to build an ambitious, results driven major gifts operation that will realise the full potential of our relationships with alumni and supporters in the UK and Europe.

Glasgow is a place of real community and warmth of spirit where fundraising is championed at every level of leadership. Thank you for you for taking the time to explore this opportunity with us and hope that you’ve been inspired to find out more.

Fran Shepherd
Director of Development and Alumni
University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the world’s top 100 universities. In 2020, we were named Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2020, and we were named Scottish University of the Year. Welcoming students from more than 140 countries worldwide, we have around 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, a global community of almost 250,000 alumni and we are a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 6,000 staff — more than 3,400 of them in research and teaching.

Glasgow’s research has flourished in recent years with significant increases in research income and in multidisciplinary grants. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework over 93% of our research was ranked world leading or internationally excellent. You can read about our six “Beacon” research areas here.

The University is proud of our students and have one of the best records in the Russell Group of research intensive universities of broadening access to higher education, with a culture of ‘openness’ at Glasgow that stretches back over centuries. Our outreach programme works tirelessly to encourage, prepare, and support students across Scotland who are under-represented in higher education to achieve entry to the University. Read students’ stories here.

The Chemistry labs at the Advanced Research Centre

Founded for the benefit of the city of Glasgow and its people, the University is currently undertaking the most dramatic evolution of its physical estate since its relocation to the West End of Glasgow in 1870, bringing significant community, economic, environmental, and cultural benefits including the creation of around 2,500 jobs.  Staff and students are engaged in strong, enduring research and community partnerships to improve health, boost the economy, build a better future, and celebrate the achievements of those living in Glasgow. You can learn more about those projects here.

But while Glasgow is home, the University is global in its outlook and reach, working in partnerships and alliances with sector leading organisations and networks, world-class universities and research institutes. These partnerships allow the delivery of teaching overseas to over 2,500 students each year, and innovative collaborations on research, teaching and engagement across the world. Find out more here.

Fundraising at the University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the top 25 fundraising universities in the UK, currently securing an average of £14million per annum (New Funds Secured as per Ross-CASE Survey methodology).

The longstanding Development & Alumni team has several successful capital appeals under its belt and has built an impressive legacy pipeline.

The University is now approaching the conclusion of its first institutional campaign, with a working target of £110million. A significant element of the Campaign focusses on the ambitious campus development on the site of the former Western Infirmary adjacent to the University.

The Campaign is supported by a Campaign Leadership Board of leading alumni and friends, including the broadcaster Andrew Neil, former Bloomberg Chief Marketing Officer, Maureen McGuire and McKinsey Global Managing Partner, Kevin Sneader. With their help, the University has hugely boosted philanthropic investment to its strategic projects. Gifts include the University’s largest philanthropic investment of modern times of USD 7.5million.

A student studies works of art in the Hunterian Art Gallery

The Campaign is scheduled to conclude in 2023 without a public phase. This will depend on realising the projected gift pipeline (with bequest income providing an additional £3-4million per annum). With this in mind, in 2020, the Development & Alumni team was recently re-organised to provide greater focus and capacity for major gifts and legacies. The Philanthropy Team now consists of ~16 FTE staff working across UK and international Major Gifts, Legacies, Trusts and Stewardship.

In the next 18 months, we aim to bring the Campaign to a successful, celebrated conclusion, while laying the groundwork for the next phase of fundraising at Glasgow. If our most valuable donors are to be fully engaged in this endeavour, they will need to be inspired by some of the best ideas in our research base and sights will need to be raised within and outside the University. Volunteer and academic leadership will have to be supported to play central roles in the considered and focussed relationship development that will bring these donors close to the University’s work and ambitions.

With Glasgow’s ‘World Changing’ brand growing in visibility, students are increasingly making Glasgow their first choice. Research income is now 5th in the Russell Group and the University’s ambitious campus plans are a catalyst for further growth. There has never been a better time to start conversations about what Glasgow could deliver to the world and how philanthropic investment could help make that a reality.

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    Interviews: From w/c Monday 25th July 2022

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