Philanthropy Writer

Students' Union UCL
London (Central), London (Greater)
£36,770 - £44,388 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts
Full Time
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UCL Advancement

Philanthropy Writer (2 posts)

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

Closing Date: 3/7/2022
Interview Date: TBC
Full time
The salary range will be £36,770 - £44,388 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

We are UCL: a diverse community with the freedom to challenge and think differently. From cancer research to climate change, dementia to social inequality, the world is facing huge challenges and we’re determined to solve them. There has never been a more exciting time to join Advancement, as we continue rapid growth in philanthropy and alumni engagement at UCL. We are a team of exceptionally ambitious and passionate individuals who work together to achieve remarkable things with a global impact. We would love for you to be part of this exciting journey. Equity, diversity and inclusion is important to us. We are committed to creating an environment where everyone is encouraged to give their best in a place where their unique experiences, perspectives and skills are seen as valuable assets. We particularly welcome applications from people of colour.

As Philanthropy Writer, you will be part of a specialist team producing content to support sector-leading fundraising and alumni engagement activity at UCL. You’ll write compelling proposals for some of the world’s most impactful philanthropists, create case for support materials on a range of exciting UCL projects, and develop a content hub to boost Advancement colleagues’ confidence in communicating UCL’s transformational philanthropy opportunities.

You’ll have exceptional communication skills with a proven ability to write inspiring, clear and concise content, bringing complex facts and concepts to life for a sophisticated but lay audience. You’ll work collaboratively with colleagues across the UCL community to develop compelling donor propositions that marry donor interests with UCL’s strategic goals. Working on multiple projects to tight deadlines, while maintaining the highest editorial standards is essential. We are pleased to accept applications from individuals who possess transferable skills and experience drawn from sectors outside of Higher Education. And from those with experience writing in areas of relevance to UCL fundraising activity (health, STEM, climate science and sustainability).

We are happy to consider applications from candidates seeking part-time opportunities (minimum 0.8 FTE – equivalent of 4 days per week, stated salary to be pro-rata). We know that our people are our greatest asset and in return we provide an empowering, values-based environment where personal and professional growth is invested in. We offer agile working and flexibility around working hours. Working with some of the greatest intellects in the world, UCL also offers a generous pension scheme and holiday allowance, plus closure and bank holidays.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to  and search on Reference Number1884911

To find out more about the role, contact Fran Hortop, Strategic Philanthropy Writer. For any queries about the application process, contact Marzena Kral, People Coordinator. Email:

When applying, please address the job description’s essential and desirable criteria in your supporting statement.

For more information about Advancement, please visit:

The UCL Ways of Working for professional services supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work – please see to find out more.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.


University College London Union
General Information

University College London Union (UCLU) provides a diverse range of social, sporting, commercial, support and representative services to members of University College London, (UCL), one of the world’s leading universities.

UCL Union is run by students, for students; its structure is democratic and it operates transparently with members at the heart of its governance and its provision of services and activities. A 100 member Union Council, (with representatives drawn from each College faculty and hall of residence), forms the overall governing body which supervises the activities of a number of junior committees. The day to day orientation of the Union is managed by the Executive Committee, working closely with the management team to ensure effective implementation of Council and Committee determined priorities. The Executive Committee comprises six Sabbatical Officers, who work full time for the Union and ten non-Sabbatical Officers, all of whom are elected from and by the UCL student body.

A staff team of over 100 permanent staff, headed by the Chief Executive, is employed to manage and deliver the services, facilities, and activities provided by the Union. A further 250 student staff (working on a part-time basis) are employed each week

Services and Facilities
The Union’s operations span eight sites, six of which are on the main Bloomsbury campus. Services and facilities operated by the Union include two retail outlets; five coffee shops/catering outlets, seven bars featuring regular entertainment and a hairdressing salon. The Union’s ample sports facilities include a fitness centre, an international-size indoor sports hall, and a 100-acre sports ground.

Extensive facilities for student support and personal development are also provided by the Union including an advice centre, a job-shop, a Volunteering Unit and facilities for clubs and societies. Students are also able to direct and participate in the activities of over 160 sports clubs, cultural and educational societies, and media and performing arts groups.
As a result UCL Union’s effectiveness in meeting the needs of a diverse body of students is widely recognised both by members of College as well as externally.

Additional Benefits of UCL Union Employment
The postholder will be eligible to join the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London , which is a final salary scheme with a current employee contribution rate of 6% and an employer contribution rate of 13% of salary

Annual leave on this pay scale is 27 per year, plus 8 public holidays. There are also a number of College closure days, (currently 6) when staff are not required to work.

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UCL is one of the UK’s premier universities.  It is a world-class research and teaching institution based in London whose staff and former students have included 19 Nobel Prize winners.  Founded in 1826, it was the only university in England at that time which admitted students regardless of race or religion.  UCL was also the first to admit women on equal terms with men.  Today UCL is a friendly university in which to work and study and it continues to thrive on the diversity and creativity of its community. 

UCL is in practice a university in its own right, although constitutionally a college within the federal University of London.  With an annual turnover exceeding £500 million, it is financially and managerially independent of the University of London.

The UCL community

UCL currently employs approximately 8,000 staff and includes academic units as diverse as the Slade School of Fine Art, the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Institute of Child Health, which is associated with Great Ormond Street Hospital.  In total, there are 70 Academic Departments and Institutes whose activities span the following: arts and humanities, social and historical sciences, law, architecture and the built environment, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences, life and clinical sciences, and medicine.  UCL’s academic and research staff are a truly international community with more than a quarter coming from 84 countries outside the UK.

13,000 undergraduates and 8,000 graduate students study at UCL, of whom over 25% come from 130 countries outside the UK.  UCL offers 275 undergraduate programmes and more than 220 taught postgraduate programmes as well as the opportunity to carry out postgraduate research in all of its subjects. 

UCL is consistently rated among the top four universities in the UK (together with Cambridge, Imperial College and Oxford) and in the 10 best universities in the world.

Location and working environment
Based in Bloomsbury, UCL is a welcoming, inclusive university situated at the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities. 

UCL’s central campus is within easy reach of Euston, Kings Cross and Marylebone mainline stations and the following Underground stations – Euston Square, Warren Street, Goodge Street and Russell Square.  Road connections to the M1 and M40 motorways give easy access to the north and west road networks.  There are also good public transport links to Heathrow airport.


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