Head of Philanthropy: Engineering

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Applications are invited for the above post within the University’s Campaign and Alumni Relations Office (CARO) based at its University Park Campus.

The University is building on the successes of the £200m Impact Campaign which continues to have ambitious fundraising goals and now seeks to create focussed philanthropic programmes related to individual faculties. This role will develop existing philanthropic support and seek new fundraising opportunities with specific responsibility for the Faculty of Engineering. This will be done by developing and managing a mixed portfolio (alumni, corporates, trusts and other individuals) of c.60 prospective and existing donors to the University to cultivate and solicit major gifts in the 5 - 7 figure range. They will work creatively to identify connections between the prospect’s existing links with the University, their charitable interests and opportunities requiring support within the University.

The role requires the management and development of a full and consistent pipeline of prospects, ensuring timely progression through each stage from assignment to stewardship. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence will be essential to building relationships and to develop the internal networks to deliver compelling and successful proposals. Speedy and accurate recording of all interactions will be important in maintaining data relied on by both the role-holder and others within the office.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, highly self-motivated and determined with excellent communication skills. They will require a flexible approach to working hours and enjoy a mobile role involving domestic and potentially overseas travel. Working in a busy, dynamic and challenging environment, the successful candidate will thrive on working towards and achieving ambitious financial targets.

Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications and have fundraising experience in a related role in Higher Education or the third sector. Experience of working in or knowledge of engineering (or other scientific or technical environment) would be desirable. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and interpersonal skills and an ability to engage and influence people from all backgrounds, ages and nationalities. They will have an excellent level of written and spoken English, computing skills including Microsoft Office and databases, the ability to handle confidential or sensitive information, and an ability to work efficiently and calmly under pressure. Candidates need to demonstrate excellent personal presentation and strong organisational and time management skills.

This is a full-time post on a fixed three year contract.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Douglas Thompson, tel: 0115 74 84651 or email douglas.thompson@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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