Charitable Funding Manager Development and Alumni Relations Office [closing 05.01.20]

Страна: Великобритания;

Город: Edgbaston

Добавлена: 02.12.2019

Работодатель: University of Birmingham

Тип: Vacancy for students or masters;

Для кого: For administrators;

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Зарплата: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year.

Дедлайн подачи: 05.01.2020


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.  In 2015 we closed the Circles of Influence Campaign, which raised £193 million, making it the largest HE fundraising campaign outside Oxbridge and London. We have just launched our new campaign. Birmingham In Action, which aims to change lives locally and globally. It is unique and ambitious and will place Birmingham as one of the leading fundraising and volunteering universities in the world. 


In support of this, we are now looking to bolster our trusts and foundations team through recruiting a Charitable Funding Manager (CFM) role that will seek to maximise philanthropic funding across the University. With a particular focus on grant writing for our most philanthropic medical research, our established student support programmes and our regular awards and applications to a range of charitable funders. A key member of DARO’s Charitable Funding team, you will work closely with colleagues across the campus, particularly the Business Engagement and Research Support teams, to achieve a financial target by proactively identifying and creating new charitable funding opportunities (with a particular focus on mid-tier Trusts, Foundations and other charities).  You will work closely with academics and professional services colleagues primarily to make new applications but also to support with existing relationships and bids where appropriate.


The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) exists to support the 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 60 staff across five teams, is focused on securing charitable donations and gifts of time from alumni and individuals who are passionate about changing lives, through funding various research trials, supporting student bursaries, mentoring students, and providing internships.


Main Duties


The Charitable Funding Manager will excel in the following areas:





  • Developing and strengthening relationships with key current charitable funders to the University to grow philanthropic income.
  • Identifying and building relationships with new charitable funders to secure five and six figure gifts
  • Managing a pipeline of regular funding calls and applications, such as fellowships.
  • Identifying research that aligns with the strategic priorities of charitable funders and work with the Charitable Funding Partners and other colleagues to progress funding opportunities.
  • Manage the whole donor journey of a charitable funder, from identification to acknowledgement and stewardship. Meeting reporting objectives of funders and ensuring an excellent experience for funders.
  • Working to agreed financial and non-financial targets.
  • Maintaining detailed records of all actions taken and adding relevant information to the CRM database.
  • Being familiar with methods of tax-efficient giving in the UK and overseas and understanding the relevant charity, Freedom of Information, and Data Protection legislation.


  • Taking responsibility for a developed and expert knowledge of a number of key campaign programmes, such as cancer research and student support.
  • Working with key colleagues to scope new charitable project areas by identifying potential funders and developing a project outline to generate significant income.
  • Signposting academic colleagues to resources to help secure income from a variety of sources, including research councils, charitable grants etc.

Relationship and stakeholder management 

  • Acting as a key contact for DARO in the Colleges, sharing intelligence on projects and research that could be useful for colleagues across the office, especially in the Fundraising Team.
  • Building close working relationships with academics, alongside other University colleagues, to find information needed to write clear and compelling proposals on existing and new areas of research.
  • Building effective working relationships with external stakeholders where appropriate including city/regional/national bodies.
  • Working closely with the Head of Charitable Funding Partners, whom this role will report to, the Charitable Funding Partners and Associate Directors, to support 7 and 8 figure opportunities
  • Influencing internal and external parties including academics, professional services, and potential funders and volunteers, and using positive working relationships to deliver a proactive and joined-up approach for delivery.
  • Working with diplomacy and tact with stakeholders of all levels at the University and externally.


  • Displaying an ability to write compelling fundraising proposals which will entail the ability to express complex ideas coherently and persuasively.
  • Understanding the interests of charitable funders and putting forward the best possible funding proposals which align to these interests.
  • Communicating College research strengths and funding priorities to the rest of the DARO team, particularly the Fundraising Team.

Organisational understanding

  • Understanding the breadth of the University and appreciating the differences of each College.
  • Good comprehension of the work of the Medical and Dentistry School
  • Understanding the context of our operations in relation to the REF and other metrics that relate to the University’s reputation.
  • Proactively looking for ways to improve the experience of working with DARO from others across the institution.
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience


  • Evidence of writing motivational and persuasive written bids, reports or proposals – this could be demonstrated through performance in full time, part time or voluntary roles.
  • Proven track record of securing 5 and 6 figure donations.
  • Experience of working to and exceeding financial and non-financial objectives.
  • Passion for and knowledge of higher education, particularly research and the role of philanthropy. 
  • Ability to build strong relationships and engage with individuals and organisations, internally and externally.
  • Personal confidence, independence and determination to succeed as an individual and as part of a team.
  • A demonstrable understanding of the regulation environment in which fundraising and research are required to operate in.


  • The ability to understand and communicate complex expressions of academic vision to non-academic philanthropic supporters – particularly in a medical field.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills including the ability to prepare applications and reports for potential funders and to present confidently to audiences of all sizes.
  • The ability to represent the University internally and externally with confidence, diplomacy and authority.
  • A demonstrable understanding of the different approaches to design in presenting information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: diplomacy, discretion, tact, persuasiveness, the confidence to deal with a wide range of audiences, along with the ability to deploy negotiation skills when required.
  • Understanding of and ability to represent, orally and in writing, the vision and mission of the University of Birmingham. 


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Good understanding of the UK HE sector.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload under pressure and balance a range of competing deadlines.
  • The desire to support colleagues in the achievement of their individual and the collective goals and to celebrate others’ success as positively as your own.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide audience internally including academics and Professional Services staff.
  • Good all-round IT skills including competence with all aspects of MS Office and the CRM. 
  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent grasp of written English. 
  • Experience of working in a large, complex organization.
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.
  • The flexibility and willingness to work unsociable hours (evenings and weekends) when required
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