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Senior Events Manager

University of Oxford
OX1 2JD, Oxford
Grade 8: £45,585- £54,395 per annum with a possible extension to £59,421
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Our research plays a key role in tackling many global challenges, from reducing our carbon emissions to developing vaccines during a pandemic.

The Senior Events Manager will be organising high-end, high-profile events to further philanthropic relationships and the strategic philanthropic goals of the Development Office.

About the role

  • This is a chance for you to get creative and manage events that wow our donors and make them feel part of Oxford! From dinners under the watchful gaze of dinosaurs and elegant receptions in beautiful 15th-century rooms to tours of cutting-edge vaccine labs and talks with leading academics to engage guests with world-changing research. This is a fast-paced role with lots of demands; you will need to juggle multiple tasks and events all at the same time. Oxford is a world-leading University. The events you create and manage will be supporting our fundraising priorities for student support, research, capital projects and much, much more. We are building up to our next fundraising campaign; the work you do will directly support this and the fundraising teams to create change for good.

About you

  • You need to have proven significant experience to deliver high-profile, high-end, high-stakes events. You need to have outstanding planning and organisation skills for our VIP events – the devil is in the detail! We are a tight-knit, supportive team that likes to have fun while we work hard on lots of exciting and unique events. You need to have a cool head under pressure, be someone who can communicate at all levels, and be a team player.

If you would like to have a chat about this role, please email Huw Mason, Head of Development Events to arrange a time

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:

  • Flexible 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 Membership of CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) for advancement professionals Access to a wide range of training and professional development opportunities

How to apply:

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.

  • Only applications received before 12 noon on 28 November 2023 can be considered.
  • Interviews are currently scheduled to take place on 6 December 2023, in person in Oxford. 

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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