Major Gifts Manager
Major Gifts Manager
Business School of a London-based University
Our client is seeking an experienced and creative fundraiser as its new Major Gifts Manager. The post-holder will be responsible for managing strategic projects and high-priority donor relationships, with the aim of securing major gifts in support of the Business School, as well as the wider University’s fundraising objectives.
Established in 1907, the London-based University is consistently included among the top in the world, ranking 8th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings and ranked in the top ten in the 2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our client is one of four Faculties at the University, which is committed to driving business advantage through the fusion of business and technology and an entrepreneurial mind-set. It offers high-ranking MBA, MSc and Executive Education programmes and access to industry experts and the direct experience of major corporates, consultancies, investment banks, venture capitalist and public sector organisations.
The Major Gifts Manager will be responsible for delivering on key areas of the School’s major gifts fundraising strategy. Reporting to the Head of Development at the Business School, s/he will manage high-priority donor relationships with the aim of securing major gifts (£25k+) in support of the Business School as well as the wider College’s fundraising objectives. S/he will also help to coordinate and deliver on flagship campaign ambitions and activities.
The post-holder will provide high-quality professional advice both within and outside the Advancement Division for identifying a range of ways to capitalise on fundraising opportunities. In addition, s/he will be expected to assist in developing Business School staff in the culture, practices and techniques of successful fundraising.
The successful candidate will have substantial evidence of success as a professional fundraiser securing major gifts. S/he will be a strategic thinker with an ability to identify new opportunities for developing the fundraising programme.
The post-holder will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy and thoughtfulness when dealing with sensitive matters. S/he will have strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to apply knowledge creatively in new contexts and to think beyond traditional solutions.
An understanding of the alumni relations and development function within an educational institution is desirable.
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