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Senior Scientific Fundraiser - Philanthropy

University of Oxford
OX1 2JD, Oxford - hybrid working may be an option
Grade 8: £45,585 - £54,395 per annum with possible extension to £59,421
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts
Full Time
Contract Type
Senior Executive

Job Details

University of Oxford Development and Alumni Engagement

Senior Scientific Fundraiser - Philanthropy

  • Location: Oxford – hybrid working may be an option
  • Salary: Grade 8: £45,585 - £54,395 per annum with possible extension to £59,421
  • Contract type: Permanent, full time

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.

We are looking for two enthusiastic and energetic communicators with a passion for science to work towards meeting the funding needs of a globally recognised centre of excellence. The successful candidates must be motivated by the concept of working on many of the solutions to the problems faced by humanity and beyond. You’ll work with donors and academics at the highest level, part of an energising community of education and research. One of these roles will work across the range of non-clinical science departments at the university and the other will have a portfolio focussed on the Department of Physics.

In these roles you will:

  • Play a crucial role in ensuring that philanthropic income against the core priorities of the MPLS Division rises in a steady and sustainable manner year on year.
  • Implement solicitation strategies to secure major gift support from individuals, corporates partners and trusts and foundations, often working jointly with a senior academic.
  • Identify prospective donors with whom the University will aim to develop significant philanthropic relationships and build a robust prospect pipeline.
  • Be able to understand academically complex projects and explain and promote them to potential, non-specialist donors.

Skills that are required to apply for these roles:

  • Experience in a complex organisation and direct involvement in securing major gifts or corporate partnerships.
  • An ability to think both strategically and tactically about the relations between potential donors and fundraising goals.
  • An ability to provide specialist expertise in the area of major gift philanthropy, and to develop a long-term strategy for the solicitation of principal gifts.
  • A passion for science and technology, although that could be curiosity and interest, rather than any specific working experience.

What We Offer:

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

  • Flexible hybrid working
  • An excellent contributory pension scheme
  • 38 days annual leave
  • Membership to CASE
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • A comprehensive range of childcare services
  • Family leave schemes
  • Cycle loan scheme
  • Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs
  • Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

Application process:

  • Please specify on your application if you have a preference for either of the two roles.
    • The role working with non-clinical science departments is known at Oxford as a Senior Development Executive – Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences. Vacancy ID: 172964,
    • The role with a portfolio focussed on the Department of Physics is known at Oxford as a Senior Development Executive – Physics. Vacancy ID: 172912.
  • Click the link to ‘Apply’ and follow the on-screen instructions on our Application portal.
  • Applications must include a CV and a letter of application, in your own words (in PDF format), outlining your motivations to apply for this role, your relevant experience and how you meet the criteria of the person specification.

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Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 7 June 2024 can be considered.

Shortlisted candidates for both available roles are currently scheduled to be interviewed on 20 or 21 June 2024, in person in Oxford and we hope to appoint two candidates from the same pool of applicants.

Development and Alumni Engagement is committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills and experiences. We encourage applicants from all sectors of the community and are especially keen to encourage candidates from under-represented groups to apply.


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"...World-class research and education to benefit society on a local, regional, national and global scale"

Welcome to the University Of Oxford

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)

What we do - Philanthropy

"£222+ million raised so far"

Philanthropy is vital in helping the University to realise its ambitious goals. By pushing the boundaries of knowledge, nurturing the most talented students, and identifying innovative ways to share the treasures of our unique collections, Oxford’s work touches lives across the world. Thank you to all our supporters for your generosity.

Download the full Philanthropy report here

What we do - Research 

"...Ground breaking research and innovation"

Oxford is world-famous for research excellence and home to some of the most talented people from across the globe. Our work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of our research sparks imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.

Career Opportunities

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

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