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Head of Development

University of Derby

Location: Derby, Hybrid
Salary: £48,906 to £61,133
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 19th February 2024
Closes: 25th March 2024

The University of Derby is seeking to appoint a new Head of Development who will deliver an ambitious fundraising strategy to meet institutional targets and support a range of activities across the institution.

The University of Derby is located in the heart of England and offers industry-relevant, expert teaching from foundation and undergraduate degrees to postgraduate study and research. Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield, and we have invested more than £200 million in some of the best university facilities in the UK over the last ten years.

We achieve outstanding results for our teaching and research, and with more than 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academics and professional services staff.

The University boasts world-leading research that demonstrates real-world impact and has recently received the prestigious TEF Gold for learning and teaching and student experience, which places the University of Derby in the top 20% of universities in England.

About the role

As the most senior development professional at the University of Derby, the Head of Development is a member of the senior management team within the Stakeholder Relationships Department and will lead the development, implementation and delivery of the University’s Development and Fundraising strategies. The postholder will grow a comprehensive fundraising and stewardship programme that will meet ambitious institutional targets and support a range of activities across the institution.

The Head of Development will coordinate all aspects of fundraising activity, ensuring the development of a range of innovative income-generating activities in collaboration with colleagues and key external stakeholders.

Working closely with the wider External Relations team and the University’s Executive members, the Head of Development will lead the review and cultivation of a range of individual, corporate and trust prospects to solicit major gifts. This will include targeted gift-giving campaigns, hosting high-profile events alongside executive members, and developing a network of contacts and partners to ensure the University of Derby is well-positioned to respond to opportunities to meet ambitious income generation targets.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a Head of Development with excellent knowledge of fundraising, strong relationship management and engagement skills, and a proven track record of delivering to philanthropic income targets. Ideally, the post holder will have experience managing or being an integral part of a successful development function within a UK higher education setting.

Candidates must demonstrate their experience in the stewardship of high-profile donors and their ability to manage a pipeline of potential donors. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their experience in aligning the delivery of fundraising activities to support the achievement of wider institutional strategies.

Benefits

  • Generous annual leave entitlement of 30 days + bank holidays + 4 days concessionary leave
  • Hybrid working available
  • Coaching and development in role
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Access to employer-funded Private Health Insurance with BUPA
  • Suite of holistic wellbeing benefits and support, including family-friendly policies, generous sick pay provision, and a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme

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Applications for this role close at 9 a.m. Monday 25th March.

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