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Senior Associate Director - Arts & Humanities


The University of Cambridge seeks an outstanding individual for the position of Senior Associate Director - School of Arts and Humanities. This is an exceptional opportunity for a senior fundraiser who is interested in securing philanthropic investment for subjects that are consistently rated among the best in the world for teaching and research. In 2017, the School was second overall in the QS World University Rankings. Its aim is to foster academic excellence, to encourage original thinking, to set agendas, and to answer the biggest questions in our fields.

From Architecture and Music to Philosophy and Comparative Literature, arts and humanities research and teaching explores some of the most compelling questions we ask ourselves and equips the brightest students for life ahead. At Cambridge there is an intellectual life that is second to none. Faculties within the School are home to leading thinkers in many different fields - and students have direct access to them. The University's structure also allows students to build strong, lasting relationships both within and across disciplinary boundaries. Cambridge gives its students the opportunity to engage with some of the most brilliant minds of this generation ¿ and meet and learn with the leaders and scholars of the next.

This role will enable you to work with visionary philanthropists and world class academics to deliver significant benefit to the world we live in. With countless notable alumni, the study of arts and humanities at Cambridge is deeply engaged with the modern world. Its research and teaching consistently challenges the boundaries of convention and strikes at the core of perceptions and understandings of the world and of the individual.

The University of Cambridge publicly launched its £2 billion campaign in October 2016; it is the biggest and most ambitious Europe has ever seen. The campaign will enable Cambridge to address some of the biggest issues facing society today, and make a major impact on the world in the 21st century. It will ensure the University's research and teaching stays at the cutting edge by providing world-class infrastructure and attracting great minds to study and work across the University and Colleges, meaning the University can continue to thrive and serve society at large.

With responsibility for the design, management and execution of the University's major gifts fundraising strategy for the School, the postholder will be a senior member of the Major Gifts team. S/he will raise significant financial support for the University's fundraising priorities, generating six- and seven-figure gifts from individuals, trusts and foundations, and corporations in the UK and internationally.

The University of Cambridge seeks an exceptional candidate for this position who will possess the following essential experience and skills:

  • Proven track record in major gift fundraising and/or management of key relationships with high net worth individuals, corporates or trusts & foundations

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically

  • Outstanding negotiation and communication skills

  • Ability to be highly credible across a variety of audiences

  • An entrepreneurial and proactive approach to building networks and developing strategic relationships

  • A demonstrable track record of operating at a senior level in a complex institution or environment

This role is based in central Cambridge.

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 for this position is the 8th July 2018. Interviews will be held on Friday 20th July 2018

Please quote reference DH15479 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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