Associate Director (Fundraising & Volunteering)

United Kingdom
Jun 18, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job Purpose Are you a leading fundraising professional with the ability to secure institutional change through a dynamic fundraising and volunteering programme? Are you an inspirational leader capable of mobilising a passionate and creative team? Are you looking to develop your career at a prestigious organisation?

Our University has a proud history of philanthropy stretching back to its foundation in 1900. With a clear vision to change the lives of the people of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain raised the funds required to build the University from citizens and corporations based locally and around the globe. Since then philanthropy has continued to play an important role in shaping the University. There have been a number of fundraising campaigns, which have raised money for buildings, students, and research, including a £1m urgent capital appeal after the Second World War and a £1.4m campaign to fund the Vale ‘student village’ in the 1960s. In 2015 we closed the Circles of Influence Campaign, which raised £193 million, making it the largest HE fundraising campaign outside Oxbridge and London.

The University has global reach, including several partnerships with other leading universities around the world, and is grounded in its local community, having opened the first fully comprehensive University secondary school in the country in 2015. It is also an innovative institution, being the first University to incorporate a Medical School, the first to create a students’ union, and the first to offer a women’s hall of residence.

We are an ambitious and successful research-intensive University (one of the top 100 research-led universities globally) and have produced 11 Nobel Prize winners, including three who received their awards in 2016. Academics here are exploring the impact of climate change, helping to prevent global health epidemics, and changing our understanding of Shakespeare.

Our student body is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK. Our students come from nearly 150 countries and our flagship outreach programmes mean that almost 25% of our student population come from disadvantaged backgrounds, one of the highest proportions in the UK.

The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) exists to support this academic and student community by engaging, inspiring, and celebrating alumni, individuals, and charitable funders who give their money, time, and networks to support the University’s strategic priorities. The Office, which is comprised of 50 staff across five teams, is focused on fundraising and volunteering from alumni and individuals who are passionate about changing lives, through funding various research trials, supporting student bursaries, mentoring students, and providing internships.

We are now planning our next campaign. Inspired by our founder, Joseph Chamberlain, it will change lives both locally and globally. It is unique and ambitious, and will allow Birmingham to be one of the leading fundraising and volunteering universities in the world. We are now looking for an Associate Director of Fundraising and Volunteering to join our team to shape and deliver a bold and innovative strategy to support this exciting campaign. For an informal discussion of the role contact Simon Lerwill on 01214146367. Person Specification Leadership & strategic thinking

• Proven record of leading and motivating a team.
• The ability to think and plan strategically, to develop and deliver the fundraising and volunteering strategy and, as part of the leadership team, the overall DARO strategy.
• Proven record of developing innovative solutions and practical implementations to deliver a strategy.
• The ability to work with initiative, to take decisions and think creatively and laterally.
• Experience of financial and budget management.
• Strong sense of professional integrity.
• The ability to work effectively both in a team and independently.

Knowledge & experience

• A strong track record of leading a fundraising and / or volunteering team.
• A strong track record of securing leadership and principal (6 and 7 figure) gifts for charitable causes and / or securing a large number of volunteers.
• Experience of building long-term relationships with leading philanthropists and /or volunteers in the UK and overseas.
• An understanding of, and experience in, share, legacy, and other ways of tax-efficient giving in the UK and overseas and an understanding of the relevant charity law.
• An understanding of, and experience in, volunteer programmes including mentoring, work placements, and guest lectures.
• Passion for, commitment to, and knowledge of higher education and the role of philanthropy and volunteering.
• Extensive experience of working to and delivering against specific targets.
• Experience of working in a large, complex organization.
• Awareness and understanding of University activities and objectives.
• Understanding of and empathy with the vision and mission of the University of Birmingham.

Communication & relationship building

• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a wide range of audiences including senior colleagues, donors, volunteers, academics, students, and external organisations.
• Experience of working with senior management.
• An empathy with and understanding of the worlds of business and academia.
• Negotiation skills and the ability to persuade and influence.
• The ability to represent the University internally and externally with confidence, diplomacy and authority.


• Proven problem solving capability.
• Ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise own workload under pressure.
• Educated to degree level or equivalent.

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