Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
25,000 - 33,000
Permanent, Full-time
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

Position Summary

RAND Europe is seeking a Development Coordinator to join our newly established Development Team. You will be proactive, creative and an excellent communicator who is willing to begin or develop their career in philanthropy. This is a varied role and an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to a world-leading organisation committed to using data and evidence to help advance policy for the wider public good.

You will work with the Director of Development and other senior colleagues in Europe and development colleagues in the US, as well as our wide network of stakeholders to help build sustainable fundraising income streams.

Job Role: Following RAND Europe’s recent investment in fundraising readiness, the successful candidate will assist the Director of Development with all aspects of fundraising and donor relations, to help advance RAND Europe’s mission and drive positive societal impact through donations from individuals, foundations and trusts, and companies.


There’s an opportunity to grow within the role and develop the necessary skills for a career in philanthropy and fundraising, as the post holder contributes to the work of the Development team. This will include researching prospects, writing compelling proposals and reports, and attending meetings with internal and external stakeholders. Full and ongoing training will be provided.

A strong commitment to our mission – using research and analysis to help improve policy and decision-making – is essential, as is a mindset of cultivating close and attentive relationships with supporters and other stakeholders.


About RAND Europe: RAND Europe, with offices in Cambridge UK and Brussels, is an independent subsidiary of the US-based RAND Corporation. We share a mission to help improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Our work lies on the spectrum between that of universities and consultancies, combining academic rigour with a professional, impact-oriented approach. In other words, we operate as a research-focused business, using a professional services model, within a mission of sustaining the public good. We combine deep subject knowledge across many policy areas – including health, science, innovation, defence and security, transport, infrastructure, criminal justice, education, employment and social policy – with proven methodological expertise in evaluation, futures thinking and choice modelling. Our clients include European governments and institutions, charities, foundations, universities and private sector firms.


About You

  • You believe in the ability of rigorous research and analysis to make a positive contribution to solve today’s most pressing challenges.

  • You are an experienced administrator, ideally within a fundraising, marketing or sales environment.

  • You have strong IT proficiency in Microsoft Office, with previous experience of using databases, such as Salesforce and Raiser’s Edge, ideally in a fundraising or contact management capacity.

  • You have great organisational skills with the ability to manage your workload against tight and at times conflicting deadlines. You can demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • You are a proactive collaborator and are committed to lifelong learning.

  • You are entrepreneurial and ambitious, yet practical in your approach and appreciate the balance of skills and requirements that this role requires.



Key responsibilities

  • Providing administrative support to the Director of Development, including setting up meetings, taking minutes, writing thank you letters and other correspondence, and preparing briefing and proposal materials.

  • Undertaking prospect research.

  • Maintaining database records.

  • Maintaining documents pertaining to development policies and procedures.

  • Tracking, recording and reconciling income and donations, working closely with the RAND Europe Finance team.

  • Providing support at Development events.

  • Leading on Development mailings.

  • Being the first point of contact for Development queries.

  • Being responsible for effective liaison with external and internal contacts on behalf of the Director of Development, as required.

  • Undertaking any other project related and administrative duties, as necessary.

  • Developing good working knowledge and keeping abreast of developments concerning data protection and fundraising regulation.


Skills, Qualifications and Experience

Experience and Knowledge

  • Practical knowledge and good understanding of executive support/administration in a professional environment

  • Practical knowledge and good understanding of the principles of customer service, and the actions needed to apply these

  • Experience of writing in a philanthropy/charity/marketing/business setting

  • Practical knowledge and understanding of the philanthropy sector


    Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage with a wide range of people

  • Excellent organisational and project management skills and the ability to prioritise and multi-task effectively in a calm and focussed way under pressure

  • Proactive approach with the ability to plan ahead

  • Ability to consistently produce highly accurate work, in a busy environment, with the minimum of supervision and a high level of attention to detail

  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Word, Outlook and spreadsheets; competent in the use of databases for a variety of tasks with an aptitude and willingness to learn new software packages

  • Ability to prepare presentations and documents with Word, PowerPoint and other applications

  • Excellent skills in written English with a high level of attention to detail applied to proof-reading, drafting of donor documentation and proposals, senior level communications, agenda papers and minute-writing

  • The ability to source and apply relevant information from the internet and other sources, drawing out information for the attention of the Director

  • Ability to self-motivate, work as part of a small team, and support colleagues

  • Confident, resilient, and resourceful, practising discretion and tact in all matters

  • A commitment to excellence and professionalism

  • Appreciation of and support for the mission and values of RAND Europe


Benefits package

  • 8% Employer contribution pension

  • BUPA medical insurance

  • Income protection

  • Group life assurance

  • Employee Assistance scheme

  • Enhanced holiday allowance

  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay

  • Fresh fruit every day

  • Free parking

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Company bikes

  • Employee wellbeing initiatives



How to apply

If you feel that you have the qualities to be a part of our team please submit an application via the RAND Europe’s online careers portal. Your application will need to comprise of a CV and covering letter – this must be submitted as one document.

Please submit any applications by close of business on Monday 1st March 2021.

In the event that we receive a high number of suitable applications, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

Interviews will be held mid March.

Check commute
Starting Address
Mode of transport
Refreshed on: 19 February 2021
Closing date: 01 March 2021
Job ref: 1196
Tags: Fundraising, Policy/Research
Job closes in 4 days
Apply Saved