Glasgow City
£33,309 - £40,927 per year
Temporary, 12 month contract, Full-time
Job description


Development Officer - Scholarships

The Alumni and Development team at the University of Strathclyde seeks to appoint an experienced fundraiser to the post of Development Officer (Scholarships).  This is a 12-month maternity cover contract where you will be responsible for an exciting and popular student scholarships programme.  You will be heavily involved in account managing student scholarship support from our alumni, trusts and company supporters.  This is an opportunity to progress your fundraising career in a Higher Education environment and to develop your fundraising skills. 


Strathclyde is a socially progressive university and has a vision to widen access to university for talented students from all backgrounds, including those in financial need. If you are passionate about helping students, then you would have the opportunity to support our vision, by delivering a fundraising programme to increase the number of scholarships available to low income students.


Your day to day responsibilities include face-to-face fundraising meetings with donors and potential donors; organising cultivation events to develop relationships and working across the University with students, staff and our alumni and donors


The successful candidate will have some face to face fundraising experience and will be looking to take the next step in their career as a fundraising professional.


Job Description

  • Establish and deliver a programme of fundraising and donor engagement to raise philanthropic support for the University scholarship programme (gifts of £5,000+)
  • Identify, build and develop relationships with potential donors through a series of face-to-face meetings and by organising fundraising events.
  • Raise c£300k in scholarship funds over the year’s contract
  • Prepare and develop complex and detailed funding proposals for potential supporters. This could include alumni, corporate donors and trusts & foundations 
  • Secure and close funding opportunities by working closely with donors and colleagues. 
  • Prepare reports and steward existing donors to ensure ongoing engagement and support.
  • Support the development of scholarship fundraising strategy and work with the Individual Giving Manager in this goal.
  • Manage relationships with major scholarship partners. This includes creating funding proposals, producing reports, organising events, working with senior business figures and colleagues.
  • Develop fundraising materials and collateral by producing engaging copy and case for support.


Main Activities/Responsibilities:

1. Actively progress relationships with current and potential scholarship donors by managing a pool of 100+ contacts and reporting progress to the Individual Giving Manager.

2. Conduct face-to-face meetings with alumni and other potential donors which result in ’asks’ for gifts to the University at 5 and 6 figure gift levels (raising c£300k) from alumni, trusts and foundations, and corporate organisations.  

3. Support the development of the scholarship fundraising strategy and work closely with the Individual Giving Manager to deliver agreed goals and targets.

4. Organise events (small dinners and meetings) to involve alumni and potential donors and to promote scholarship and widening access projects. 

5. Develop engaging copy, cases for support and promotional materials to support fundraising projects, liaising with A&D colleagues and the University’s Communications team.

6. Negotiate formal gift agreements between the University and major donors, ensuring donors’ wishes can be met and the University’s responsibilities are clearly defined and adhered to.

7. Provide high quality stewardship to existing scholarship donors by preparing reports on the impact of their giving, and supporting opportunities to develop the relationship further.

8. Manage partnerships with existing strategic corporate funders to support the delivery and development of the relationship.

9. Represent the A&D Office and the University in a professional manner, both externally, and internally. Participating in the department, directorate and in the University, attending team meetings and contributing to planning.

10. Any other duties as may be required and which are appropriate to the grade and role of the post holder.

Full job description and person specification can be found in the attached document.

Application resources
Posted on: 11 January 2022
Closing date: 31 January 2022
Job ref: 416296
Tags: Fundraising

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