10557, Berlin
London, Greater London
GBP £33,360 per annum (London), EUR 46,000 per annum (Berlin)
Contract, Fixed Term - Maternity cover replacement (12 months), Full Time (38.5 hours), Full-time
Job description

Job Title:             Funded Programmes Coordinator

Basis of Appointment:     Fixed Term - Maternity cover replacement (12 months), Full Time                                                                              (38.5 hours) 

Reporting to:         Deputy Executive Director of Advancement 

Location:             London (UK) or Berlin (Germany) - other locations may be considered

Starting Date:         28th June 2021

Salary:            GBP £33,360 per annum (London), EUR 46,000 per annum (Berlin)

Changing the world takes passion and dedication

Isn’t it time that your passion and dedication be channelled towards a career and community that genuinely change lives?

If you...

  • want to transform your own life by transforming the lives of others

  • crave a career that creates opportunity for others

  • desire to make dreams come true for those who never thought it possible

  • know that education is the foundation from which we can change the world

  • believe that today’s young people can transform tomorrow

  • strive for world peace and global sustainability

  • dare to dream

...then a career with UWC could be the change you need. 

UWC is a global family of schools with a powerful difference. With a shared goal of working towards global peace and sustainability, we bring together young people from around the world to study in one of our eighteen schools on four continents. There they don’t just learn how to be great at passing exams. They learn how to communicate across cultural boundaries. They develop the skills to be a changemaker. They design and engage in initiatives that transform their lives and the lives of those around them for the better. And they stay a “UWC-er” for life, becoming part of a global community of almost 60,000 changemakers transforming the lives of others. 

And why does philanthropy matter for us? Because we believe that access to quality education should be independent of socio-economic means, which is why UWC runs the world’s largest scholarship programme in international secondary education, with over 80% of students selected by UWC national committees receiving a scholarship. Do you want to help us make sure many more young people get this life-changing opportunity? 

Working with us will inspire and challenge you

Driving a mission to make the UWC experience available to tomorrow’s changemakers, irrespective of their background, beliefs and economic means demands colleagues with passion and dedication, and a talent for transformation. Our students go on to become leaders in politics, NGOs, social enterprises, community movements, charities, and business. For life, they remain dedicated to the UWC mission and many of them remain in close contact with us, their school, and their peers.

This is what fuels us at the UWC International Office.

We are based in London and Berlin, and we are the executive arm of UWC International, a registered charity in the United Kingdom and Germany. We collaborate closely with all stakeholders from across the UWC movement, including more than 4,000 volunteers and almost 60,000 alumni, and we serve UWC International’s governance bodies. 

Philanthropy is one of the core functions at UWC International, and a key contributor to UWC’s growth and financial sustainability. The Philanthropy Team at UWC International is responsible for developing UWC’s fundraising capacity, coordinating UWC movement-wide fundraising activities and bringing in multi-million dollar gifts to support. It also includes the management and running of funded programmes, which entail donor stewardship with a focus on providing regular scholar updates to our funders. 

The Philanthropy Team is part of the larger Advancement Team, which also includes Communications and Community Engagement, and which works closely with colleagues at all eighteen UWC schools, staff members and volunteers at the over 155 UWC national committees, and UWC governance stakeholders. This is why anyone who joins the Philanthropy Team at UWC International will also become part of a much bigger and truly global team. 

Are you our new Funded Programmes Coordinator?

Right now, we are searching for a Funded Programmes Coordinator as a temporary maternity cover. 

In this role, you will coordinate and oversee the planning and management of major gift scholarship programmes within designated countries. This includes donor stewardship as a way to promote long-term engagement and high-value interactions with funders, with a primary focuses on honouring the gift’s intentions - as a matter of fact, good stewardship of existing donors has proven to be the most effective way of ensuring that we receive a gift in the future, making the management of these relationships a crucial part of the job. 

This is a full-time fixed-term position for a duration of twelve months. Based either in London, United Kingdom, or Berlin, Germany,  though some travel abroad will be required from time to time.

If this sounds like the role to make you leap from bed every day, then read on for further details.

Key responsibilities

  • Implement UWC funded major gifts scholarship programmes, including donor reporting, in liaison with UWC schools and/or UWC national committees and support to individual scholars 

  • Manage major gifts scholarship budgets

  • Recommend solutions to challenges that may arise at UWC national committee and/or UWC school level from the implementation of major gift scholarship programmes 

  • Troubleshoot operational problems as they emerge

  • Develop processes to monitor and evaluate the overall progress and effectiveness of new and existing major gift programmes

  • Collaborate with other members of the Philanthropy Team on the planning, organisation and delivery of any fundraising-related events

  • Manage and run the stewardship programmes including follow up with donors

  • Ensure that the philanthropy database, relevant website pages and resource pages are updated 

  • Manage the Funded Programmes Officer within the Philanthropy Team 

  • Support the Philanthropy Team and other Philanthropy working groups and committees across UWC International with their meetings, including minute taking and agenda preparation


Essential skills required

  • Proven experience coordinating and administering complex major gift programmes 

  • Experience implementing and coordinating stewardship programmes for donors 

  • Proven experience in budget management and reporting

  • Experience and willingness to work on programme management activities in cooperations with other teams and to deliver cross-team objectives 

  • Ability to deliver and report upon agreed targets and plans within deadlines

  • Values own knowledge but always willing to learn and to remain open to alternative views and perspectives 

  • A cooperative attitude and proven ability to work as a member of a team and own initiative

  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in changing environments

  • A high level of comfort operating in an international and multicultural environment


  • Experience in donor relations

  • Experience in grant management 

It is expected that the job holder will travel to UWC schools. For that reason, a basic DBS check (disclosure barring statement) or international equivalent will be required before any job offer is made.

Visa requirements

Anyone who applies to work at UWC International in London or Berlin must have a work visa before starting employment, in compliance with the relevant immigration rules. UWC International might be able to sponsor individuals for work visas. If you need a work visa please make that clear in your application. 

Diversity Statement

UWC places deliberate diversity at the heart of our educational model because of its critical importance in our mission ‘to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future’.

At the UWC International Office, we believe this commitment to deliberate diversity must be reflected within our team, organisational practices, policies and culture. We recognise people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions, and we encourage and leverage these differences to make our work more relevant and approachable.

We will not discriminate or tolerate discriminatory behaviour on any grounds such as, but not limited to, race, gender, disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age or socioeconomic background. 

We strive to be an inclusive workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging, has a voice, can raise concerns, and feels comfortable and confident. We expect everyone who works with us to share this commitment and to act accordingly, as we aspire to best serve the UWC mission and our global community. It is an ongoing journey and we welcome all those who are ready to travel with us.

Applications Process and Deadline

Please send your CV and covering letter in English (each of a maximum of 2 pages) that relates your experience to the requirements. Please also indicate how you heard about this role. In your application, please also provide the name, roles and contact details of two referees. We will not contact them without letting you know. 

Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

Previous applicants need not apply.

Deadline for application: 5 pm UK time on 1st of June 2021. The first round of interviews will take place the week beginning 7th June 2021. Starting date: Ideally 28th June 2021 or ASAP. 

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