University College Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£75,000 - £85,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

University College (known as "Univ" for short) was founded in 1249 and is thought to be the oldest college of the University of Oxford.  The College combines an ancient heritage with a forward-thinking and modern approach, blending academic excellence with an atmosphere that is friendly, relaxed and welcoming.  The College celebrates its 775th anniversary in 2024.


The College is a lively community of around 400 undergraduates and 230 graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds.  It offers a rigorous and nuanced education designed to inspire its students to be intellectually bold, to be challenged and be open to new ideas and ways of thinking.  At its heart, Univ is an inclusive institution and has pioneered many innovative outreach initiatives over the years in its pursuit to widen access to Oxford regardless of background.


The College seeks an outstanding individual for the role of Director of Development & Alumni Relations, to lead and manage fundraising and alumni engagement across the College.  The Director will play a key role in delivering the College’s strategic priorities and in contributing to College life. 


Reporting to the Master and leading a talented team of eight, the Director of Development & Alumni Relations will be responsible for devising and implementing a broad fundraising strategy in support of a range of development goals.  The Director will bring a creative and empathetic approach to developing long-term relationships between the College and its wider community to help deliver transformational philanthropic support.  The postholder will also have overall responsibility for the College’s comprehensive alumni relations’ programme, ensuring that it continues to evolve to meet the needs of its global alumni body.


The successful candidate will be a good listener with well-developed interpersonal skills and outstanding leadership abilities.  You will demonstrate emotional intelligence and strategic ability as well as the capacity to inspire confidence in others.  You will operate in a calm, thoughtful, collaborative and respectful manner.  You will also have a strong sense of integrity and a proven track record in income generation, outstanding organisational skills and a passion for the mission of University College. 


This is a special opportunity to work in one of Oxford’s oldest colleges with a bold, forward-looking agenda and a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity.  It is a particularly exciting time in the College’s history, with the election of Baroness Valerie Amos in 2019, the first woman Master of University College Oxford and the first black head of any Oxford college.  The role will especially appeal to those that would enjoy working in a collegiate environment alongside an inspirational and progressive academic Fellowship. 



The closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 7 February 2022.


Posted on: 13 January 2022
Closing date: 07 February 2022
Tags: Fundraising, Senior Management