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Unestablished Prospect Development Manager, Principal Gifts (Maternity Cover)

The University Development and Alumni Relations 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.

We are looking for a Prospect Development Manager, Principal Gifts to cover a 12 month maternity leave. This is a key role working in close partnership with the Director of Principal Gifts to provide analytical prospect research and portfolio management of the University of Cambridge's most important prospects and donors and project management of the regular strategic discussions involving key stakeholders.

You will provide pivotal, in-depth knowledge of Principal Gift level prospects and donors, in support of the strategic engagement of these individuals by the Vice-Chancellor, senior academics and volunteers, the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations and the Principal Gifts team. This strategic donor research and fundraising intelligence will support the management of the prospect pipeline, to strengthen and expand the donor pipeline for those individuals and organisations capable of making gifts in excess of £5 million.

We are searching for someone with a depth of experience, especially in supporting a principal gift level programme in a complex academic organisation, underpinned by excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. You will be educated to degree level, with a flexible and methodical approach to work; an eye for detail and the ability to work effectively on your own initiative and as a member of a highly experienced team, often operating under pressure.

You will have exceptional analytical and research skills, including the ability to collect, assess and analyse information rapidly, identifying key points and drawing conclusions. Ultimately, you will be able to evidence creativity and come with the ability to understand business needs, develop effective solutions and be seen as a champion on knowledge management.

This is a career defining opportunity to play a pivotal role in fulfilling the University of Cambridge's mission to educate and engage a global community of ambassadors, advocates and supporters. If you are excited by this role, then begin the next chapter of your career with us.

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

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.

Closing Date: 06 August 2017 Interviews will take place on 15 August 2017

Please quote reference DH12600 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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