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Donor Communications Associate - Reporting

The Cambridge University Development and Alumni Relations (CUDAR) Office has an outstanding track record of securing philanthropic income, and has overall responsibility for coordinating University-wide development campaigns, raising funds to support schools, faculties, departments and other central University institutions. The Development and Alumni Relations Office works closely with Cambridge's 31 Colleges and its sister office, Cambridge in America, to maximise fundraising from a range of constituencies across the globe.

The Donor Communications Associate compiles and writes reports to benefactors that inform and engage the donor with the activities and impact of the projects that they support. The Donor Communications Associate also ensures that stewardship activity is tracked using a relationship management database.

You will regularly liaise with senior members of University offices, including those of the Vice-Chancellor and Heads of Department, among many others. As such you will be adept at co-ordinating and compiling reports and correspondence for donors and similar audiences containing complicated ideas relating to academic work. You will be able to understand and convey complex financial information, and identify errors or inconsistencies. You will be able to communicate effectively with other colleagues and academic staff, so that stewardship tasks that require their cooperation are clearly defined, articulated and recorded, and with donors who have queries regarding their gifts.

You will have exceptional organisational skills, ensuring that an on-going project plan for all stewardship reports is maintained throughout the year, and be able to work to multiple deadlines. You are capable of working effectively on your own initiative and as a member of a team, often operating under pressure, and you can identify and implement actions that will engender the long-term support of benefactors in balance with the needs of the University.

You will have excellent writing skills, ensuring that stewardship reports clearly communicate to the donor how their support is being used, as well as reflecting the University's position as a world leader in teaching and research. Excellent computer skills, especially Word, Excel, Outlook and databases, are vital.

You will work within the Donor Relations team to develop new strategies to enhance stewardship practice and donor communications. This will include acting as a source of advice and expertise on good stewardship within and across the University. The post holder will also contribute to the overall development, planning, implementation and review of activities of the Stewardship team.

Experience in donor and/or alumni relations, fundraising or a higher education administrative role in which these skills have been key, is highly recommended.

Interviews for this position will take place on Friday 21 July 2017

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.

Please upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter explaining your interest in the position and how your experience would help you to fulfil the role in the Upload section of the online application to supplement your application.

Please quote reference DH12367 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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