B15, Birmingham
£27,924 - £30,497 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Do you want to be a key part of a global fundraising and volunteering campaign? Are you passionate about the difference that philanthropy can make to the lives of people across the world?

We are an ambitious and successful research-intensive University (one of the top 100 research-led universities globally) and have produced 10 Nobel Prize winners, including three who received their awards in 2016.  Academics here are tackling some of the world’s most pressing global challenges such as antibody testing and Covid-19, the impact of climate change on our woodlands and forests, issues caused by migration and displacement, the rise in youth mental health issues, and the prevention of needless maternal deaths in the developing world. 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. Philanthropy has always played an important role in shaping the University, most recently in 2015 when we closed the Circles of Influence Campaign, which raised £193 million, making it the largest HE fundraising campaign outside Oxbridge and London. Through the ‘Birmingham In Action’ campaign, philanthropy will continue to play a vital role in delivering projects to change lives locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Donor Engagement Officer role is your opportunity to join our excellent team at an exciting time.  Stewardship and donor engagement are vital activities to the success of any philanthropic campaign.  Donors of time and money need to be thanked and understand what their support has achieved, and how integral their gifts have been to making a positive and meaningful difference to the student community and to academic research. In doing so, donors are encouraged to continue their giving, and to increase and diversify their support.

The appointment of a Donor Engagement Officer will double the stewardship resource within DARO, allowing for an expansion of our donor engagement programmes.  The Donor Engagement Officer will be expected to lead and manage the stewardship activity for our regular donors, four-figure donors, and volunteers, and to support on stewardship for our five-figure donors.  The successful candidate will work with our Communications and Events Teams to deliver appropriate, meaningful, and effective activities that express gratitude and communicate impact.  They will work closely with colleagues in the Fundraising, Volunteering and Regular Giving Teams to build programmes to steward these key donor communities, and will work alongside the Data Team to help manage donor data and segmentation.   

The successful candidate will have outstanding communication skills with experience in writing for impact, in creating digital content, and an understanding of the needs and expectations of different audiences.  They will be able to balance creativity and imagination with a structured, thoughtful and organised approach to their work. They will be creative and conscientious programme deliverers who value integrity and sincerity, and who will demonstrate these qualities through their work.

As an office, we are committed to sustainability and value green working practices. The environment is an integral part of our campaign and we encourage eco-friendly ways of working in order to have a positive impact on our campus and global surroundings.

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Refreshed on: 09 October 2021
Closed date: 28 October 2021
Job ref: 97981
Tags: Communications, PR, Fundraising

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