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Development Director

Job description

Do you want to join an organisation that was established to transform the provision of higher education in the county and beyond? Would you like to join a modern and agile institution that is growing and developing in many ways including its approach to fundraising and philanthropic giving?  Could you take responsibility for a personal portfolio of High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNWIs) identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding philanthropic gifts from this group? If so, this might be the ideal opportunity for you.

Harris Hill is partnering with the University of Suffolk, a modern, agile institution, with an ambitious growth strategy and a vision to be recognised as an empowering force for individuals and communities. The University is focused on driving transformative change through education, research and public engagement. Suffolk’s growing success is evidenced by an incredible rise of 68 places in the last three years in the Complete University Guide. 

The Alumni Relations and Development team raises charitable funds to enhance the University’s ambitions, ensuring they are spent compliantly and impactfully. They work with donors, prospective donors, ambassadors and funders that promote and support their cause. The University of Suffolk is now seeking a proactive, experienced, and hands-on individual to join the team as a Development Director on a part time, permanent basis. 

Key details:

Role:                                                  Development Director 

Location:           Hybrid working with at least 1 day per week on campus            

Salary:                                              £56,000 - £67,000 per annum (FTE) plus benefits         

Contract:                                        Part time, permanent (3 days per week)

Amongst other criteria, the successful candidate will have:

  • Extensive philanthropic fundraising experience at a senior level with proven success in identifying, cultivating, and personally soliciting major gifts at the 5 and 6 figure level.

  • Experience in development and fundraising management, including major gifts, legacies and trusts and foundations.

  • Knowledge of Alumni working including strategy and development.

  • Experience of senior executive networking, public speaking, and ability to represent an organisation to a senior external audience.

  • Demonstrated success in setting strategy and achieving strategic outcomes within a comparable size institution.

If you would like to receive a full job description for this role with details on how to apply, please contact Faye Marshall or Hannah Laking at Harris Hill:

Faye Marshall:                                              faye.marshall@harrishill.co.uk | 020 7820 7303

Hannah Laking:                            hannah.laking@harrishill.co.uk | 020 7820 7331

  • Closing date for applications:              9am, Monday 24th June 2024

  • Date of First Interview:

    Wednesday 3rd July 2024

As leading charity recruitment specialists and a certified B Corp™, Harris Hill is committed to high and ever-improving standards of equitable and inclusive recruitment. We actively welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and other protected characteristics.