Administrator for Fundraising

European University Institute

Vacancy Notice IUE/2/2018


The European University Institute (EUI) is an academic institution set up in 1972 by the then Member States of the European Union, providing doctoral training in Law, Economics, History and Civilisation and Political and Social Sciences with special reference to Europe. In addition to the departments, the Institute includes the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), which focuses on inter-disciplinary, comparative and policy research, the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies, which prepares fellows for a career in academia, and the School of Transnational Governance, which sets out to study, debate and teach matters pertaining to governance beyond the State.  The Institute also hosts the Historical Archives of the European Union. The EUI is not an EU Institution or body, but an inter-governmental organization, funded directly by the signatory states, partly by the European Commission and to some extent through external funding. The EUI provides a multinational work environment in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere.

The EUI School of Transnational Governance (STG), launched in summer 2017, delivers teaching and high-level training in the methods, knowledge, skills and practice of governance beyond the State. The School brings the worlds of academia and policy-making together in an effort to explore a context, both inside and outside Europe, where policy-making increasingly transcends national borders.

During the academic year 2017/2018, the School offers Executive Training Seminars for experienced professionals and a Policy Leaders Fellowship Programme for early- and mid-career innovators. It also hosts expert Policy Dialogues and is conducting an Oral History project to record the experiences of European Institution presidents.

In 2020, the School will launch a policy-focussed Masters programme for graduates. The programmes will be structured around cross-disciplinary clusters in policy fields such as trade, climate, democratisation, comparative regionalism, security, and economic and social policy.


The European University Institute is seeking an experienced professional to lead its fundraising strategy.

Reporting to the EUI President and the Secretary General, the Administrator for Fundraising will lead the EUI fundraising efforts in Europe and increasingly develop networks and revenue potential beyond it, especially in South and East Asia, Latin America and Africa, particularly in light of the establishment of the new EUI School of Transnational Governance (STG).

The Administrator for Fundraising will be entrusted with reviewing and revising the existing EUI fundraising strategy and capacity, including brand development and management, cultivating existing donors, identifying and targeting new donors, and exploring new thematic and geographical avenues for income generation.

The Administrator for Fundraising will work closely with the Outreach Development Officer to maximise the outreach potential of the EUI and of the STG’s emerging structure, optimizing their reach, particularly with regard to executive education and entry-level Masters education.

More specific duties include:

  • Developing a medium-term strategic outlook and scenarios for fundraising at the EUI;
  • Contributing to the coordination of planning and operations across EUI services and departments concerned with fundraising;
  • Representing the EUI externally on matters pertaining to fundraising, which includes extensive travelling both in Europe and outside;
  • Acting as the main Fundraising Expert for the EUI, with particular emphasis of service to the School of Transnational Governance.


On the closing date for online applications, candidates must fulfil all the following general and specific conditions:

3.1 General conditions

  • Being a national of a Member State of the European Union;
  • Enjoying full rights as a citizen attested by a recent extract from judicial records and/or certificate of good conduct proving no previous conviction for a criminal or administrative offence that could call into question his/her suitability for performing the duties of the post;
  • Having fulfilled any obligations imposed by the laws on military service;
  • Being physically fit to perform the duties.

 3. 2 Specific conditions

3.2.1 Education (Qualifications)

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma.

3.2.2 Knowledge of Languages

  • Main language: have a thorough knowledge of one official language of the European Union; and
  • Second language: a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties.



  • University degree in finance, business administration, social sciences and humanities or related disciplines;
  • A minimum of 5 years of proven experience in fundraising for an organization engaged in policy research and/or higher education;
  • A good knowledge of social science and policy research environments in Europe and beyond;
  • Familiarity with EU research funding mechanisms, and those of private foundations and donors;
  • An extensive portfolio of contacts in Europe and beyond, and a proven ability to build new ones, especially beyond Europe;
  • Ability to multitask and participate in institution-building in a new organization such as the School of Transnational Governance;
  • Excellent knowledge of English (CEFR level: C1 or above).


  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant field;
  • Knowledge of additional languages of the European Union;
  • Experience in working as part of a multinational team in an international environment.

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