Donor Relations Officer

Southampton, United Kingdom
£25,627 to £27,116 Pro rata per annum (0.6 FTE)
27 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
22 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Part Time

Development & Alumni Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £25,627 to £27,116 Pro rata per annum (0.6 FTE)
Part Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 22 November 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1571321CD

At the University of Southampton, our aim is to change the world for the better, bringing together realms of academic research, creativity and knowledge to have a truly collaborative, immersive and ground-breaking impact. We care about the challenges that humanity is facing, and work to support others on a local and global scale.

In the Office of Development & Alumni Relations (ODAR), our job is to galvanise our community to solve these challenges and to make a difference. Would you like this to be your job too?

About the role

The Donor Relations Officers will play a central role in ensuring we thank our supporters well and articulate the impact of philanthropy at Southampton in creative and compelling ways. These roles will focus on the important data management, administration and research required to deliver the Donor Relations Programme, as well as the creative and bespoke considerations that make our supporters feel valued.  These two roles will ensure our donors are recognised as an essential part of the University’s community, with every gift and donor treated in a special way. 

About you

With developed organisational and planning skills, you will be experienced at managing data, expert at understanding and delivering administration and you will recognise the importance of donor stewardship. Your excellent writing skills will complement your experience of working with others to generate positive reporting and high-quality narrative. You will bring a natural enthusiasm for the power of philanthropy, supporting others and ensuring quality outcomes for team-wide activity that stewards our donors. 

About us

We are planning our first University-wide fundraising and engagement campaign. Together, we want to raise more money and to engage more alumni and friends with Southampton so that we can change the world. And with the full support and investment of our University leadership, we are growing our team over the next few years. We are so excited.  

We need people with intellectual curiosity and people who have different ideas. We need people with direct experience or transferable skills and the interest and drive to take on a new challenge. We are actively determined to welcome a diverse group of colleagues into our inclusive team. Every day will be different, you will meet incredible people and the rewards will be huge.  

Imagine fundraising for medical technologies that could cure cancer or dementia. Or engaging a volunteer who can help a student improve their graduate prospects. Or connecting alumni around the world and reawakening important friendships and partnerships. Or seeing the look on a student’s face when they learn they will be the first person in their family to attend University—because of a scholarship that you secured. That could be you. 

The only thing holding us back is more talented people. This could be a career-defining and remarkable opportunity. Help us change the world. Join us. 

The working pattern is flexible and will be discussed with the successful candidate.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team

To learn more about working in the ODAR team, visit our Join ODAR website.

If you’d like to have an informal chat about this role or ask any questions, please contact Emma Smart, Senior Development Manager on Please do contact us if you feel you don’t meet all of the selection criteria and want to discuss the role further.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507 or email  Please quote reference 1571321CD on all correspondence.