Director of Development
Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
Highly Competitive Salary
Fitzwilliam seeks to appoint an experienced professional into the role of Director of Development, a lead for philanthropic fundraising across the College. This is a key senior, strategic position and comes at an exciting time, with the recent appointment of Baroness Sally Morgan as the College’s ninth Master.
Fitzwilliam is a large, modern, diverse and friendly college and enjoys a seven-acre tranquil site within ten minutes' cycle ride of all the major faculties and departments. Most of its award-winning contemporary architecture dates from the 1960s onwards, including some of the best student accommodation in Cambridge, a state-of-the-art auditorium and the Olisa Library. Fitzwilliam's beautiful gardens are one of Cambridge's best-kept secrets.
The community is a dynamic, forward-looking one, reflecting Fitzwilliam’s motto of ‘The Best of the Old and the New’. The College combines a drive for academic excellence and inquiry, with a commitment to widening access to a Cambridge education. Fitzwilliam has one of the highest proportions of state school pupils in Cambridge and can demonstrate through its results that widening participation and academic success go hand in hand.
Fitzwilliam maintains close relationships with a community of over 10,000 alumni, who give support financially and in other ways. The 150th Anniversary Campaign that concluded two years ago, having raised £23.5 million over a ten-year period, was an illustration of that support. With the arrival of the new Master in 2019 and a new Bursar in 2020, the College has embarked on the development of a new strategic plan, which will enable Fitzwilliam to redefine its mission, to be confident about its identity as a college and to develop clear priorities for the years ahead. The components of this refreshed strategic vision will be used to form the basis of a new and ambitious fundraising campaign for the College.
The College sees this appointment as an exciting and challenging opportunity for a strategic and motivated individual who will actively seek - and seize - new fundraising opportunities, be they within Fitzwilliam’s alumni community or beyond. Supported by a new Communications & Alumni Engagement team, which sits alongside Development, the Director will lead a dedicated team of three with scope to reorganise and/or build the team as needed. The Director will report directly to the Bursar and will carry a dotted reporting line to the Master. Both the Master and Bursar are committed to give generously of their time and networks in the pursuit of ambitious philanthropy for the College. The Director will be expected to spend a significant proportion of time meeting with current or prospective donors in the UK and overseas.
As the College’s principal fundraiser, you will carry your own portfolio of major gifts prospects and will have a lead role in the solicitation of major donations. You will be a confident communicator with well-developed interpersonal skills and an enjoyment of people. You will have a strong sense of integrity and a proven track record in securing philanthropic gifts from major donors, together with experience of a variety of styles and types of fundraising campaigns, expertise in relationship management, outstanding organisational and management skills and a passion for the mission of Fitzwilliam College.
This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s leading academic institutions and, with the full support of the new leadership, to deliver a step-change in philanthropic fundraising.
The College recognises the importance of this position and a Fellowship will be awarded to the successful candidate.