Senior Development Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
£44,263 to £56,021 per annum
13 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Development & Alumni Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £44,263 to £56,021 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 10 October 2023
Interview Date:   Monday 30 October 2023
Reference:  2438523CD

Thank you for your interest in the Senior Development Manager role.

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 Senior Development Manager will play a prominent leadership role in the Fundraising team, personally delivering Major (£25K+) - Principle (£1m+) gifts from a portfolio of individuals and organisations in support of strategic priorities.  Line management responsibilities will include our Legacy Manager and you will also manage the Gift of Sight team, whose work secures donations for the University’s vision research department.

About you

With a proven track record of securing 6 figures+ gifts, you will be ambitious, enthusiastic and passionate about making a difference to Higher Education.  You will bring experience of developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies with a range of supporters and your strong organisational and management skills will contribute to a team wide focus on results.  You will have worked alongside senior leaders, academics and volunteers to engage with prospective and existing donors, and understand the importance of excellent stewardship.  Experience of working on legacy or in memory gifts would be an advantage.

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.

See Join ODAR to learn about our team and current opportunities. If you’d like to have an informal chat about this role, please contact Katherine de Retuerto, Associate Director, Development by email Please do contact us if you feel you don’t meet all of the selection criteria and want to discuss the role further.

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