Trust and Foundation Officer

Durham, United Kingdom
£27,166 - £33,309 per annum
11 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Development and Alumni Relations

Grade 6: - £27,166 - £33,309 per annum
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 02-Feb-2022, 7:59:00 AM

The closing date for applications is 1 February 2022 at midnight.

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.

Durham University

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral.  A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. We offer the inspiration - they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join us.

As a University, we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  At Durham, we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.

Durham University’s Athena Swan institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up to the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

Diversity brings strength and we welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Durham University uses a job families approach for Professional Services roles. The job families underpin our career pathways and clearly demonstrate how all of our roles contribute to our strategy and provides a framework for how you can develop your career at Durham.

The Department and role purpose

The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) is responsible for coordinating philanthropy, alumni and supporter engagement, advancement services, and supporter communications on behalf of the University. DARO works with colleges, academic departments, research centres and institutes, wider student experience partners, and professional departments to engage over 180,000 alumni and supporters around the world.

The Development Team within DARO is ultimately responsible for: soliciting major and principal donations from alumni, philanthropists, corporations, trusts and foundations, and other charitable bodies; stewarding major and principal donors through reports, presentations, events and face-to-face meetings; meeting with gift beneficiaries to collate and produce gift impact reporting materials; hosting and devising engagement opportunities for existing and prospective benefactors on campus; and managing relationships with key stakeholders on behalf of the University.

The team is currently engaged in a major philanthropic initiative – the Durham Inspired Campaign - which seeks to support the next generation of inspiration and leadership at Durham.

This is a very exciting time to join the team as it expands significantly to support the second phase of this important campaign. We hope that you will be inspired to join us.

Trust and Foundation Officer

The Trust and Foundation Officer will play a key role in contributing to the delivery of the Durham Inspired campaign.

We are seeking a dynamic, proactive individual who enjoys working both independently and as part of a team, who will support the further development of this key area of fundraising.

You will have responsibility for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donations from charitable trusts and foundations, individually and in collaboration with the Senior Development Manager (Trusts and Foundations) and wider Development Team.

You will have responsibility for researching and identifying new funding opportunities, building and managing relationships with donors, writing funding applications, ensuring grants are processed effectively and that all reporting requirements are met, in collaboration with Fundraising, Stewardship and Donor Relations colleagues.

You will provide fundraising advice to support the development of University project plans, and will work closely with colleagues across the University to generate funding to support a wide range of projects. Key areas currently supported by trust and foundation fundraising include capital projects, scholarships, research projects, museums/heritage, wider student experience and outreach.

Candidates will have excellent writing skills with close attention to detail.  They will have the ability to understand many, varied, complex project plans/business cases quickly, and to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.  They will have the ability to present complex information on a wide range of subjects concisely and persuasively, appealing to varied donors and audiences. They will have excellent relationship-building and management skills, and will take a strategic approach to their work.

Candidates must be versatile and able to work closely with senior University leaders, prominent and public figures, major benefactors and advocates, and senior volunteers in multiple capacities facilitating the advancement of Durham University.

Although working globally and across all Campaign priorities, there will be opportunities to take responsibility for specific areas of trust and foundation fundraising. The post-holder will be supported in all aspects of their work, and training will be provided where required.

Core responsibilities:

  • Plan and co-ordinate projects alongside wider University activities.
  • Plan and organise own workload.
  • Support problem solving and query handling in relation to trust and foundation fundraising.
  • Work proactively and reactively to support an excellent stakeholder experience.
  • Network internally and externally to build and update knowledge and skills.
  • Engage with external peers and specialists to exchange knowledge and information.
  • Implement standard operating procedures relating to fundraising in collaboration with Fundraising, Stewardship and Donor Relations colleagues.
  • Monitor and report incidents.
  • Research information and data to support fundraising, and to identify trends.
  • Take responsibility for day to day decision making within own area of responsibility, translating external requirements into practical application and advice.
  • Implement and monitor recognised procedures to ensure compliance and meet University values of inclusion, diversity and participation.
  • Contribute to business meetings, working groups and committees to support fundraising.

Role responsibilities:

  • Act as a recognised point of contact between the University and key internal and external stakeholders, including donors, providing fundraising advice to support the development of University project plans.
  • Carry out internal and external presentations to support fundraising. 
  • Identify potential service improvements and make recommendations.
  • Develop, plan and deliver events and activities for students, staff and visitors, to support fundraising.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific role requirements 

The post-holder may occasionally be required to work some evenings and weekends. Occasional travel may also be required as per ongoing business needs. 

Working Arrangements

At Durham we recognise that our staff and students are our greatest asset and we want to support the health and wellbeing of all. Hybrid working supports this ethos and provides many benefits to our colleagues, including empowering people, where their role allows, to work in a manner which is more suitable for them, whilst encouraging our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Depending on the needs of the business and the job role, Durham University is piloting hybrid working for all Professional Services colleagues in the academic year 2021/2022, which may include the opportunity to work both on and off campus and to flex working hours. If appointed to the post, your line-manager will discuss the specific arrangements with you. Any hybrid arrangements are non-contractual and may change within the pilot and when the pilot ends.

Interviews are anticipated to take place w/c 14 February 2022.

Reward and Benefits

To support the delivery of the University's People Strategy to attract, retain and reward the very best, we offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits to our staff, including:

  • 27 days annual leave, plus 4 customary days and 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part time) and the option to purchase additional leave;
  • Automatic enrolment into a pension scheme;
  • Corporate and local discounts;
  • Wellbeing resources and discounted health benefits;
  • Health discounts on sports and activities at Maiden Castle Health and Activity Centre;
  • Reward and Recognition Schemes;
  • Personal and career development;
  • And SO much more, with further information available here

Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification. In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

Please note that Candidates applying via redeployment are only eligible to apply for a post at the same Grade or one Grade lower.

How to apply 

We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

Information if you have a disability

The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk.

What you are required to submit 

  1. A CV; 
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out in the essential and desirable criteria of the Person Specification (below).

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details

For further information regarding this post, please contact: Anna Abbott, Senior Development Manager, Trust & Foundations (DARO), anna.abbott@durham.ac.uk.

Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email. Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.

Person specification - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Essential Criteria

  1. Educated to degree level (or equivalent professional experience). 
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills with close attention to presentation and detail
  3. Excellent research skills and experience in finding/creating new funding or business opportunities
  4. Excellent project management skills, and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  5. Ability to understand and construct project budgets
  6. Confident in providing specialist advice and guidance to a range of stakeholders and colleagues
  7. Excellent relationship-building skills and confidence in developing strong and productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  8. Ability to work proactively and independently, as well as part of a team.
  9. Ability to organise own work, and to work quickly, efficiently and to tight deadlines
  10. Ability to present complex information coherently, succinctly, and to suit varied audiences.
  11. Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office, design and presentation systems, web page development, and CRM (preferably Raiser’s Edge)

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of working in a fundraising or business development environment, successfully generating funding.
  • Experience of working in a campaign setting.  
  • Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines (including GDPR and Data Protection).

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.