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Trusts & Foundations Officer

University of Oxford
Oxford - OX1 2JD,
Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum, with discretionary range to £48,350
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts, Trusts & Foundations
Full Time
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Exciting Trusts & Foundation Officer Opportunity

As a Trusts & Foundation Officer at the University of Oxford, you will have the unique opportunity to work with leading experts addressing urgent world challenges, as well as enabling outstanding students to study at Oxford through the power of philanthropy.

About the role:

Your work will be both challenging and rewarding. You will work closely with the Head of Development - Foundations and Corporations and development colleagues

You will be responsible for identifying and cultivating major philanthropic partnerships with trusts and foundations, soliciting gifts up to £500k, typically in the range of £50k - £250k.

Our team works collaboratively across all subject areas, so you will have opportunities to work on a range of impactful projects in the sciences and social sciences. In the role, you will be prospecting and developing your own pipeline, negotiating gifts, and managing stewardship activity.  You will be supported by other members of the Foundations and Corporations Team as well as the wider Development Office but will be expected to work independently and to identify new opportunities to develop good working relationships with existing donors and new prospects with the aim of securing funding.

To be successful in this role: 

  • You will have proven fundraising and/or marketing experience and the capability of representing the University at the highest levels. You are highly motivated and enthusiastic about the impact of research and teaching, and confident about achieving ambitious income targets You will be entrepreneurial and possess diplomacy, creativity and outstanding verbal and written communication skills. You will have proven ability to develop good working relationships with academic colleagues, and new and existing supporters at all levels, and the creativity, discretion and tenacity to manage multiple projects.

What We Offer:

 Your happiness and wellbeing at work matter to us, so we offer a range of family-friendly, financial and professional benefits, including:

  • The opportunity for hybrid working Exceptional contributory pension scheme and salary sacrifice options 38 days annual leave Comprehensive childcare services and family-friendly leave schemes Cycle loan scheme and discounted bus travel Subsidised University Sports Centre membership Engaging social groups and sports clubs beyond the workplace Use of the student discount card Totum Membership to CASE for advancement professionals Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities

 How to apply:

If of interest please click on the "Apply on website" button:

 Applications should consist of a full CV and a cover letter (maximum of two pages) outlining your motivations to apply for this role, your relevant experience and how you meet the criteria of the person specification.

Diverse & Inclusive Hiring Process

*The *Development Office is committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging. We encourage applicants from all sectors of the community and are especially keen to encourage candidates from under-represented groups to apply.



About Us

Oxford is a unique and historic institution. As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, it can lay claim to nine centuries of continuous existence.

  • Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 - a record eight consecutive years.
  • There are more than 26,000 students at Oxford, including 12,683 undergraduates and 13,324 postgraduates.
  • Entry to undergraduate courses at Oxford continues to be very competitive: there are usually only around 3,300 places, and over 23,000 people applied to start in 2022.
  • The majority of Oxford’s UK undergraduates come from state schools. Over 68% of UK students admitted in 2022 were from the state sector.
  • 450 postgraduate courses received applications for year of entry 2022/23 (including part-time variants).
  • For 2022/23 entry, over 37,500 applications were received for some 6,056 postgraduate places.
  • International students make up 46% of our total student body - around 12,075 students. Students come to Oxford from more than 160 countries and territories (as of 1 December 2022). 
  • According to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions, Oxford’s submission had the highest volume of world-leading research¹. 
  • The University of Oxford contributes around £15.7 billion to the UK economy, and supports more than 28,000 full time jobs (2018/19). Find out more here.

Career Opportunities

The University is continuing to grow and has some up and coming roles to be a part of a fantastic educational estabilishment.

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01865 611530
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