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Director of External and College Engagement

The University of Cambridge seeks an ambitious, hard-working individual for the role of Director of External and College Engagement. The post-holder will be responsible for providing vision, strategic direction and leadership for the University's donor related programmes designed to support the long-term fundraising goals of the University including Donor Relations & Philanthropic Communications. Additionally, the post holder will also lead the communications & delivery of the Campaign, and initiatives with Cambridge's 31 Colleges.

The University of Cambridge is a global leader in education and research - a centre of excellence for over 800 years where people, ideas and achievements continue to transform and benefit the world. It has produced more Nobel Prize winners than any other university.

In autumn 2015, Cambridge launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. The 'Dear World... Yours, Cambridge' campaign for the University and Colleges aims to raise £2bn to attract the brightest minds, create the most inspiring environment for world-class research and enable Cambridge to continue to respond to the world's biggest challenges.

Reporting to the Executive Director as a member of the Leadership Management team, the Director of External & College Engagement defines and leads meaningful engagement opportunities for donors through communication and stewardship. The role manages the delivery of the Campaign and communicating its impact. The role holder leads in building an enhanced relationship between College and University development and alumni programs to maximize effectiveness and opportunities for efficiencies across all programs.

We are looking for an experienced candidate with extensive leadership experience in planning and executing communications and marketing support for a comprehensive fundraising campaign, preferably for a University or College.

The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with a strong commitment to customer service and open communication. S/he will have experience of managing the delivery of professional services in a large and complex organisation, a track record of operating at senior level with multiple stakeholders, as well as a demonstrable knowledge of creative event production, communications, and marketing in a University setting.

This new senior leadership role provides a rare opportunity to join one of the world's leading higher education institutions as part of a dynamic and innovative team, delivering upon the University of Cambridge's significant fundraising potential.

This role is based in central Cambridge.

Please ensure that a cover letter is submitted with your C.V, highlighting your suitability for the role.

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Please quote reference DH19470 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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