Development Director

Jesus College, Cambridge - Jesus College Cambridge

Up to £83,558, depending on experience

At Jesus, the culture of philanthropy is deeply embedded and its value recognised throughout the College. It has one of the most successful and longest established development offices in Collegiate Cambridge where the Master, Bursar and Fellowship work with the Development Director to deliver its philanthropic goals.

With the retirement of the present incumbent, the College seeks an outstanding individual with substantive major gift fundraising experience for this high-profile role. The Development Director is a Fellow and officer of the College, with responsibility for building and growing key relationships between the College, its members and other potential benefactors in support of the College’s development goals. 

Reporting to the Master and College Council, the Development Director will lead a team of five talented staff. S/he will be responsible for the development and implementation of an innovative fundraising strategy, and securing major gifts in support of the College’s priorities.

The Development Office at Jesus College makes a significant contribution to college life, and the success of the office demonstrates what is possible when you harness a strong vision with a compelling case for support and an enormously warm and generous alumni body.

Known for its egalitarian and open culture, Jesus College is one of the largest and best-known of the Cambridge colleges. Alongside the academic research and study, it actively encourages its students to pursue other areas of interest. It is internationally renowned for its music and its commitment to the arts can be seen around the estate.

Your experience in developing and implementing effective fundraising strategies along with working with philanthropic individuals will be instrumental in driving the future success of the Development strategy, particularly in relation to identifying new opportunities from core and new donors including the corporate sector and non-alumni whose interests are aligned to the values and objectives of the College.

You will be a creative thinker with a strong sense of integrity and a values-driven approach to philanthropic fundraising. You will have a proven record in securing philanthropic gifts from potential major benefactors together with experience of developing inspiring campaign messaging, expertise in relationship management, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and a passion for the mission of Jesus College.

With clearly articulated needs for future funding and a stable and engaged leadership, this position is an outstanding opportunity for a proven fundraiser to play a pivotal role in one of the most successful fundraising teams in Cambridge.

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The closing date for applications is the 9 February 2018.

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