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Associate Director - Fundraising Cambridge Conservation Initiative


Sustaining life on Earth is one of the greatest challenges facing society today. The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique and exciting collaboration between the University of Cambridge and nine leading members of growing cluster of internationally-focused environmental conservation organisations in the Cambridge area1 (see:www.cambridgeconservation.org). CCI works to transform our global understanding and conservation of biodiversity by integrating research, practice, policy and capacity building. It brings together leading academic researchers and conservation practitioners to develop and deliver interdisciplinary and innovative solutions for conserving the natural world.

Since its formation in 2007, CCI has initiated more than sixty collaborations, including a large-scale landscape restoration programme for Europe, a natural capital initiative and an arts, science and conservation programme. It has also helped to establish a new Masters Programme in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge, to equip future generations with the skills and knowledge to sustain the planet. A major achievement of CCI has been the creation of a new Cambridge Conservation Campus in the David Attenborough Building, which provides office space, laboratories, and shared services and facilities for over 500 conservation professionals from across all CCI partners and has created a vibrant community full of ideas and ambitions for the future. In 2013 the University formally established a Conservation Research Institute (http://research-institute.conservation.cam.ac.uk) which fosters interdisciplinary working between university researchers located across all the six academic Schools of the University of Cambridge, which works alongside the other CCI partner organisations.

As a member of the University of Cambridge's Development & Alumni Relations team and working alongside the Executive Director of CCI, the UCCRI Director and CCI partners, the Associate Director is responsible for executing the major gifts fundraising strategy for CCI. This post enables CCI to capitalize on its fundraising potential and achieves its ambitious vision for transforming the landscape of global biodiversity conservation. The Associate Director will implement a strategy to secure major philanthropic support for CCI's top priorities, including the needs of UCCRI, as the University of Cambridge's hub for interdisciplinary research and teaching in conservation. Support for CCI will have an enduring impact on research and practice in biodiversity conservation worldwide.

This role is an exciting chance to support the philanthropic development activities for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative; with enormous potential for the right candidate to work with pioneering academics in one of the most prestigious University's in the world and to gain experience working with leading international conservation organisations. Collaborative, strategic and innovative in approach, the Associate Director will be responsible for developing new, and building on existing, high-value partnerships with philanthropic donors. Key to success will be the ability to engage with high net worth individuals, senior level staff across CCI, academics and with key stakeholders both internally and externally.

This is a unique opportunity for a driven and entrepreneurial individual with a track record of success in major gifts fundraising as well as passion and enthusiasm for environmental conservation.

The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2018 in the first instance, with the possibility of further extension subject to the availability of additional funding.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact a member of the human resources team via email at DARHR@admin.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference DH11371 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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