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Senior Associate Director - Sports, Clubs, Societies


The University of Cambridge seeks an outstanding individual for the position of Senior Associate Director - Sports, Clubs & Societies. This is an exceptional opportunity for a senior fundraiser who is interested in raising funds to support student experiences at Cambridge University.

The University of Cambridge publicly launched its £2 billion campaign in October of 2015; 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.

The Senior Associate Director for Sports, Clubs & Societies will play a major role in this campaign. You will work with visionary philanthropists to deliver significant benefit to the University's Sports, Clubs and other Societies themselves, and to the current students at Cambridge who are involved with Sports, Clubs and Societies. The University has countless notable alumni who have gone on to become international and Olympic competitors, and world class musicians and artists

With responsibility for the design, management and execution of the University's major gifts fundraising strategy for Cambridge's Sports, Clubs & Societies, 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 knowledge and skills:

A proven track record in major gift fundraising and/or management of key relationships with the specific donor constituency (internationally based high net worth individuals, corporates or trusts & foundations respectively)

A proven track record of securing major gifts/income; demonstrable capacity to analyse, think critically, strategically and to innovate; demonstrable ability to build empathetic relations with high net worth individuals

Outstanding negotiation and communication skills, credible across a variety of audiences; culturally sensitive; a strong natural drive to go out into the field; a successful track record of operating at a senior level with multiple stakeholders and an ability to relate effectively to the academic community and its aims.

This role is based in central Cambridge.

Closing date Friday 22 June 2018.

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 ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application.

Please quote reference DH15617 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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