Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Oxford, Oxfordshire
Dependent on experience but will be appropriate for this important role.
04 Sep 2017
02 Oct 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

St Peter’s College seeks to recruit a new Director of Development and Alumni Relations to start as soon as possible. We are looking for an experienced fundraiser with an interest in higher education and a record of raising money.  It is desirable that the candidate should have experience of motivating and managing a team.   Key responsibilities:

  • develop, plan and implement a national and international fund-raising strategy for the Campaign, the current working target for which is £35 million;
  • develop the Case for Support for all College fund-raising projects, in consultation with the Master, the Bursar, Governing Body, relevant committees, Fellowship and staff;
  • to identify, target and steward major donors through individual meetings, reports and regular communications;
  • to oversee the Development Office, including recruitment and management of staff;
  • to oversee the organisation and support of Development and Alumni Relations events and publications programme, including newsletters, emails, website and brochure, ensuring ‘cradle to grave’ communication and solicitation;
  • To support the Master, the Bursar, other Fellows and key volunteers in undertaking major gift and legacy giving approaches;
  • develop and keep current the communications messages of the Campaign through all adopted channels and media;
  • to oversee the development and maintenance of efficient systems within the office with relation to gifts and other donor information;
  • to report on development business, with appropriate financial details , to the College’s Governing Body and its Development Committee;
  • to remain informed on best fundraising practice, ensuring that University fundraising activities are consistent with the Charity Commission’s requirements and other relevant legislation – particularly as regards data protection.
  • manage a Campaign Board, developing the remit and membership.
  • After 12 months in post, the successful candidate will have:
  • become thoroughly familiar with all aspects of St Peter’s College, its history, teaching and research activities and the College’s long-term plans, and with current issues relating to the public funding of higher education and research;
  • built an excellent working relationship with the current Master, Bursar, and all key Fellows, involving them in Campaign activities at the appropriate level, and have developed appropriate relationships with all constituencies within the College;
  • developed further the College’s Case for Support and gained approval for the Case from the Master, the Bursar and the wider Fellowship;
  • agreed realistic Campaign and personal targets with the College;
  • familiarised themselves with Oxford University protocol  with regards to fundraising and donor solicitation;
  • defined the reporting frameworks for analysing and monitoring fundraising success;
  • maintained and built on the substantial fundraising momentum; solicited and secured some significant pledges; and become a confident and fluent advocate for St Peter’s and its long-term plans;

Person specification Essential

  • an interest in higher education and an affinity with the ethos of an Oxford College; sensitivity to the issues of running an elite academic institution and to its mission to provide a centre for world-class teaching and research within a collegiate University;
  • proven track record of successful fund-raising, demonstrating in particular the ability to raise large gifts through direct personal approaches and to support others who make personal approaches on behalf of the College;
  • either a successful track record in fund-raising, ideally in higher education, or the ability to demonstrate experience and achievements appropriate to this position;
  • accomplished social skills, a proven track record of building trusted relationships with a wide variety of individuals, including high net worth individuals;
  • demonstrable maturity, particularly the ability to interact easily and professionally with a sophisticated and diverse alumni, benefactors and academics of all ages and nationalities;
  • persuasiveness, with the ability to influence a social situation using instinct and judgement;
  • the ability and imagination to develop ways of enhancing the College’s relationship with its alumni;
  • good strategic vision, with the ability to develop flexible strategies and tactics appropriate to the changing academic and funding environment;
  • willingness to maintain an energetic schedule, including international travel and regular evening and weekend commitments;
  • enthusiasm, flexibility, creativity, self-motivation and resilience, appreciative of the level of ambiguity which exists in fundraising;
  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with experience in preparing written proposals;
  • clear sympathy with the aims and values of higher education, including those of Oxford;
  • a good university degree.


  • experience of higher education fund-raising;
  • experience of working with volunteer boards;
  • experience of fund-raising from foundations;
  • knowledge of the national context of university funding.


How to Apply

Letters of application and CVs can be submitted online together with the names and contact details of two referees,to the HR Manager Graham Stowell at the following address

If candidates prefer to send their application by mail, it should be addressed to:

Graham Stowell

HR Manager

St Peter’s College

New Inn Hall Street


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Those named as referees should have direct experience of the candidate’s work, either as a manager or through a sustained period of professional interaction; ideally one of them should be a formal line manager at the most recent employer.  It would be helpful if candidates could indicate the capacity in which their referees have gained knowledge of their work. The College will assume that it can approach referees at any stage of the application process unless candidates indicate to the contrary. Any such restriction should be clearly stated alongside the details of the relevant referee(s).

Applications must be received by Monday 2 October 2017.