A global institution, the University of Reading enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. We are a leading force in British and international higher education, and continue to evolve to reflect an ever-changing world, which drives the development of our areas of research excellence and strength. We tackle the most significant challenges of our time, from climate change to AI, and our top-class teaching is equipping the next generation of leaders and caring citizens of the world. Last year we launched IMAGINE, our campaign to inspire philanthropy and volunteering in support of our strongest research and teaching areas. To meet our ambitions and drive our outstanding work, we have set a goal to raise £150 million and inspire our supporters to give over 60,000 hours of their time. We are turning the time and donations of our supporters into long-lasting impact.Our Development Services team underpins the success of our fundraising, alumni relations and supporter engagement activities across the University. We are seeking a new Head of Development Services to lead this high-performing team, and work closely with colleagues across the University, to ensure that effective data and information resources, systems and processes are in place to enable engagement activities across all levels and platforms. With extensive experience in operations, information and data management, ideally gained within a fundraising environment, you are skilled at shaping and improving performance, to deliver results. Your strong analytical, technical and interpersonal skills help you to gain the confidence of those around you. Through robust planning, management, and implementation of effective systems and processes, your leadership skills and strategic insight will inform, drive and maximise our success across the University and beyond.If you have experience leading and motivating multiple stakeholder facing operations teams, we’d like to hear from you.
A unique high-profile opportunity has arisen to join the award-winning fundraising team at the University of Leicester. This is an exciting time to join us, as we have just completed the most successful financial year for philanthropic fundraising in the history of the University. Our dedicated and experienced team of major and principal gift fundraisers are working effectively with University leadership and senior academics to bring in more and larger gifts, ranging from the six to the mid-seven figures, to support the University’s strategic priorities. We are also increasingly engaging with our 170,000-member global alumni community to build a robust pipeline of small and mid-level giving. Our ambitions are set to increase as the University approaches its centenary commemorations period (2018-2021) and prepares for its second century. To support these aspirations, we are expanding our team, and are therefore seeking a Director of Philanthropy to build on our accomplishments to date. The successful candidate will work closely with the Group Director for Philanthropy, Alumni and External Engagement to shape and drive a strategy to raise £5-10m per year from a variety of philanthropic sources. You will have a senior role in developing and implementing a comprehensive philanthropic fundraising programme, including capital appeals.Your significant track record of successfully cultivating and soliciting major gifts at the 6-figure level or more, and ability to deliver a comprehensive fundraising programme, will be key to your success in this role. You have strong communication, influencing and interpersonal skills, are self motivated and enjoy working towards and achieving ambitious targets. A track record of managing and motivating experienced fundraising staff, including supporting others in securing major gifts, is critical, as is your ability to gain the trust of and to inspire those around you.