Development Manager (Special Projects)

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£32,656 to £36,399 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £45,499 per annum
22 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

School/Department Alumni Relations and Development
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday
Contract type Permanent
Salary £32,656 to £36,399 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £45,499 per annum
Apply by 17/03/2019

Role Description

Are you looking for an exciting role with a world-leading university working with some really senior-level internal and external stakeholders and the chance to further your career? Do you want to make a meaningful difference to your organisation and see tangible results from your efforts? Would you like to work at our expansive and developing campus based in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside? Are you motivated by working for an organisation that is truly making the world a better place?

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management, with close links to industry and business and an active and influential network of alumni and friends around the globe.

The University’s alumni are at heart of this role and you will be in the privileged position of helping us to build relationships with some of the most prominent and influential individuals within our community. These are fascinating business leaders and entrepreneurs, whose shops you go to, restaurants you eat in and technology you use every day. They all share a strong connection with Cranfield University and have the power to make a difference to our University through philanthropy.

We are currently looking for an individual to join the Alumni Relations and Development team to increase levels of philanthropic support for the University. The Development Manager (Special Projects) is responsible for managing relationships with approximately 150 Year Representatives (YRs) who serve as a key liaison between the School of Management and their respective programme year groups, through regular communication via email, telephone and face-to-face meetings. You will also manage a portfolio of approximately 150 mid-value major gift prospects and encourage their support for Cranfield.  You will work closely with the Regular Giving Manager on strategies to encourage philanthropic support for the Annual Fund or other funding priorities as appropriate among this group.

Success in this role requires positivity, energy and most of all a large degree of emotional intelligence.  You will have gravitas and the ability to interact with sensitivity, diplomacy and discretion with individuals at the most senior levels.  You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and will be able to convey complex cases for support with conviction. You must also have excellent computer skills, ideally with some experience using a customer relationship management database. You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and will have worked in a similar role previously. Experience and understanding of the higher education or charity sectors would be an advantage.

For an informal discussion, please contact John Constable, Regular Giving Manager, on (T); +44 (0)1234 754377 or (E);

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.

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