Head of Development - Humanities

Oxford, Oxfordshire
Grade 10: £54,765 - £63,463 per annum with possible extension to £69,331
02 Apr 2019
01 May 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Head of Development – Humanities
University of Oxford

Grade 10: £54,765 - £63,463 per annum with possible extension to £69,331

The University of Oxford seeks to appoint an experienced fundraising professional with tenacity, drive and imagination to maximise philanthropic support for the Humanities. The Head of Development - Humanities will be responsible for leading a dedicated team of five to secure significant major gifts for world-leading academic posts, graduate scholarships and capital projects across the Division.

The University of Oxford aims to lead the world in research and education. The University is a world-leader in Humanities scholarship, recognised internationally for the outstanding quality and depth of its teaching and research. The University is placed first for the Humanities worldwide by the 2018 QS World University Rankings and has one of the highest concentrations of humanities students and scholars anywhere.

In 2017/18 the Humanities Division raised over £33m in philanthropic support. The Division has inspiring faculty members who are engaged with development activities, and a strong track record of support from alumni and global philanthropists. There are a number of exciting projects on the horizon for the Humanities and it is a pivotal time to be joining the team.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Development – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, the postholder will manage a portfolio of 75+ major gifts prospects with the capacity to give at the six- and seven- figure level. S/he will work closely with the Division’s senior management team and academics to identify opportunities and devise appropriate strategies to raise major and principal gifts towards the funding priorities for the Humanities. S/he will lead, nurture and inspire a dedicated team of five and will generate an ambitious and collaborative culture for fundraising within it.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in major gifts fundraising and will possess strong leadership ability, diplomacy, creativity and outstanding communication skills. You will be able to operate comfortably in a large, complex institution with multiple stakeholders. You will be a graduate (or equivalent) with an interest in the Humanities, and with the credibility and confidence to influence and engage at the highest levels.

This role presents an unrivalled opportunity to join a sector-leading Development Office, to build on strong foundations and to deliver against new and truly exciting philanthropic goals.

The University encourages applications from outstanding candidates with experience of fundraising in the higher education and/or broader non-profit sectors.


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