Development Officer

University of Reading - Henley Business School

Main duties and responsibilities

This role will be responsible for supporting the Development function of Henley Business School’s Alumni and Development team. The post holder will have administrative knowledge of fundraising processes and a good understanding of the systems and processes to work with minimal supervision. They will have the ability to provide broad, comprehensive administrative services to the Development function and to prioritise their own workload. Furthermore, the role will support the delivery of the team’s objectives through the development of fundraising initiatives and processes as well as the implementation of process improvements.

This role will be assisting the Fundraising Team’s individual giving programme by managing, with guidance from one of the Development Managers, a pool of entry-level fundraising prospects.

  • With guidance from the Development Manager, to undertake appropriate research to assist with the Development Team’s individual and corporate fundraising streams.
  • With guidance from the Development Manager, to identify and solicit new and lapsed donors with a view to making a contribution to the School’s fundraising targets by increasing supporter numbers.
  • Liaise with colleagues in the Product Design & Programme Delivery Team, to participate to Product Design, review requirements and resolve problems.
  • Be a point of contact for fundraising queries for Henley Business School.
  • Support the Fundraising Team in administrative duties, including sending out letters and compiling reports, following up action points from meetings and ongoing contact with donors and prospects.
  • Work with the whole team to effectively steward donors with timely communications, event invitations and other contact points, including annual reports and stewardship events.
  • Assist the Head of Fundraising in preparing team briefings and conveying important information to members of the team.
  • Manage the processing and monitoring of incoming funds from direct debits, CAF and other sources, and ensure this information is correctly recorded in the Raisers Edge (fundraising database) and any other spreadsheets and budgets.
  • Extract and report on information from databases, including the elaboration of the Team’s KPIs for reporting and assist with the preparation of financial and/or management information.
  • Manage applications for Gift Aid (both at the Business School level for the Reading Real Estate Foundation and in collaboration with the wider University of Reading Development Team for other areas).
  • Ensure development web pages are kept up to date.
  • Perform other administrative tasks, including acting as secretary to meetings, when required and providing diary support to the Head of Fundraising.
  • Assist in the development of new systems/procedures.
  • Other duties, as defined by the Head of Fundraising.

Interviews to be held 23rd February 2018

Informal contact details
Contact role: Head of Fundraising
Contact name: Dr Paola Tinti
Contact phone: 0118 378 4096
Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

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