Head of Philanthropy: Social Sciences (fixed term)

University of Nottingham - Campaign and Alumni Relations Office

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 success of the £242million Impact Campaign, continues to have ambitious fundraising goals and now seeks to create focussed fundraising programmes related to individual faculties. This role will develop existing philanthropic support and seek new fundraising opportunities with specific responsibility for the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the largest and most diverse in Europe, with seven different schools with teaching and research varying across a wide range of topics, theories and methods of analysis. The role will be Faculty-wide; identifying opportunities to secure philanthropic income across the range of the Social Sciences.  However, an initial priority will be to secure funds for The Rights Lab, a major initiative led by the Social Sciences and one of the University’s six designated Research “Beacons of Excellence”. 

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 substantial fundraising experience in a related role in Higher Education or the third sector. 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, IT 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, fixed-term post for 3 years. Job share arrangements may be considered for this position. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Douglas Thomson, tel: 0115 74 84651 or email douglas.thomson@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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