Major Gifts Lead

Hereford, (GB)
Friday, 31 January 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 2 March 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

NMITE is working towards becoming a new higher education provider in Hereford. Engineering- and teaching-focussed, it will enable its future students to learn by undertaking real-world engineering and technical projects provided by employers and community groups. NMITE hopes to break the mould in existing higher education provision – to be a disruptive game-changer in every facet of its operations and programmes. Supported by government, industry and the profession our first intake will join us as soon as we have completed the validation process. Who, what and how we teach will all be radically different to traditional engineering degrees.   

We recognise that future engineers need technical knowledge, but also that creativity, problem-solving ability, and understanding of humanities, arts, business and many other areas are all required to succeed, as well as the ability to use this knowledge in current and future professional contexts.  For these reasons our planned programmes will be open to all with the creativity, imagination and the determination to solve society’s challenges, not just those with A-level maths and physics.  Our teaching will be studio-based, problem-led, and deeply connected to industrial and social partners.


We are seeking an outstanding Major Gifts Lead to cultivate strong relationships with existing and potential donors to raise significant levels of philanthropic income in the form of major gifts. An inspirational communicator with a proven track record in securing significant donations you will execute and manage subsequent donor stewardship and recognition opportunities and play a key role in building a culture of philanthropy at NMITE.



  • To raise significant funds in the form of major gifts for NMITE from individual donors through a variety of methods including face-to-face meetings and other activities.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of major gifts fundraising strategies, working closely with NMiTE staff and senior volunteers to achieve the targeted levels of income within set timescales.
  • To work closely with academic colleagues to identify potential fundraising priorities then in consultation with the Head of Fundraising develop them into viable projects to be approved as priorities for fundraising.
  • Work closely with academic members of staff and colleagues in the Fundraising and Partnerships Teams to deliver the required investment and to ensure the smooth running of projects.
  • To manage and develop relationships with a portfolio of individual prospects, including prospective and existing supporters – using a wide range of methods including stewardship events and recognition programmes; developing networks amongst donors and prospects; and involving donors and prospects closely with planning activity within NMITE.
  • To lead the development of tailored, individualised solicitation plans for each of the identified prospects for which they are responsible and include the clear prioritisation of actions and engagement.
  • Develop a legacy programme and cultivate and solicit bequest prospects.
  • To complete an agreed number of significant actions involving major gift prospects. Record progress in relationships with prospects and donors effectively and comprehensively, ensuring that all research, contacts and progress are recorded fully, and an accurate list of prospects maintained.
  • To ensure that all stakeholders including academic members of staff, prospective and existing donors receive timely, appropriate information about the progress and outcome of projects.
  • Develop and maintain an up-to-date knowledge of higher education in general and a good understanding and knowledge of professional practice in fundraising, including legacies, gifts of shares and other tax efficient giving both in the UK and in other countries.
  • Develop and maintain specific knowledge of higher education funding sources and of the mission and priorities NMITE.
  • Adhere to the highest standards of fundraising best practice.
  • Throughout all fundraising ensure that activities comply with the relevant Data Protection and any other legislation.
  • To deputise for the Head of Fundraising when required.
  • The Major Gifts Lead may also be expected to carry out other duties, which may be reasonably requested. As such, the job may involve occasional evening and weekend work.

LOCATION: All NMITE sites. We are currently situated at Venns Lane, Hereford

For this exciting challenge in a brand-new concept organisation, this role requires a flexible and pragmatic approach to provide the infrastructure for our “agile” multisite, multifunctioning campus, both now and for our strategic future focus.  Excellent package and benefits. Immediate start available


Membership of a professional fundraising body is encouraged and CFRE accreditation would be desirable. 

The successful candidate must have a full UK driving licence and access to a car for work purposes. Travel will be crucial for the role and this may include overnight stays.


Previous experience in a major gift fundraising role is essential.  Knowledge of an education environment is desirable and experience of building excellent relationships is essential. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of soliciting and closing major gifts.


  • Excellent relationship manager
  • Positive outlook
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Resilient


  • Equality focused
  • Inclusive
  • Respectful
  • Creative
  • Honest
  • Non-judgemental

To Apply

To apply, please email a CV and a two-minute video to explaining why you are interested and why you are suitable for the role.

The opening date for applications is Friday 31st January 2020. The closing date for completed applications is Monday 2nd March 2020.