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Executive Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Relations

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
22 Apr 2024

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King’s College London

Are you an experienced fundraiser interested in being part of our vision to make the world a better place?

We are searching for our next Executive Director to lead Philanthropy and Alumni Relations at King’s College London, an internationally renowned university delivering exceptional education and world-leading research to over 40,000 students (including more than 19,000 postgraduates) from some 150 countries.

As one of England’s oldest universities, based in the heart of London, philanthropy has been a critical element in King’s success to date, raising £68 million in philanthropic income for King’s and its Health partners last year, and will continue to play a fundamental role in delivering our strategic ambitions.

The King’s Fundraising and Supporter Development Team (F&SD), as it has been traditionally called, brings together fundraising activity across the following areas: major and principal gifts; trusts & foundations; legacies; corporate engagement and annual giving. We also focus on engaging with King’s College London’s worldwide alumni community. Our work is underpinned and enhanced by a range of dedicated professionals in areas such as donor relations, project development, events, communications, prospect research, finance, data, supporter services, governance, and general administration.

This is an exceptional opportunity to build on our many successes to date as we look towards our 200th Anniversary in 2029. We are searching for someone with a demonstrable track record in fundraising, with the drive and passion to lead a values-driven team with a commitment to building a supportive culture. The candidate will be proactive, and results oriented with experience of developing purposeful and effective relationships with prospective benefactors and connectors. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor & President, and as a senior leader in the University, you will be expected to build relationships with academics across our nine academic faculties to support colleagues in identifying and developing projects for philanthropic support. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to King’s values, including promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

For further information please visit the job description and to apply please go to the King’s College London Careers pages and submit the specified documentation. For an informal conversation please contact Jamie Surgenor at

The closing date for applications is 11.00 (GMT) on Monday 22nd April 2024. The selection process will include a formal two stage process with final interviews scheduled for Wednesday 5th June 2024.

King’s is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and through this appointment it is our aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities.



King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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