The University of York was founded on principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. Our new strategic vision sets out our role as a University for public good, building upon our founders who endowed the University with a strong social purpose.
To help us achieve our aims, the University of York’s Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA) works with a community of global donors including individual philanthropists, family trusts, foundations and corporates and our alumni community. Our approach is change-driven and collaborative. We invite supporters to be part of the University of York community and to find new ways to tackle inequalities, new ways for research to help society, and new ways to help every student succeed.
With ambitious plans to grow our income through the University’s transformational fundraising campaign York Unlimited, there is no better time to join the team. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills, the ability to build strong relationships, passion and commitment, to join as a Philanthropy Manager in the Individual Philanthropy Team.
As a member of the team, you will develop and lead the University’s fundraising from a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors. Working with colleagues across the institution, you will be responsible for inspirational stories, bringing supporters closer to the organisation and helping them to create impact through their philanthropic goals. You will promote bespoke giving opportunities to a variety of different audiences – charities, foundations and corporates interested in a broad range of philanthropic topics - and your voice will make an impact and champion philanthropy at York. This is an exciting time to join the University of York as York Unlimited - the campaign for the University of York demonstrates clearly the role philanthropy has to play in the University’s strategic vision.
In this varied role you will work closely with all members of OPPA and with a broad range of colleagues, including academics, University board members, University council members and staff within departments. Working within a small team you will have a high level of independence and authority and through working to personal targets be expected to make a significant contribution to the team’s annual income and pledge targets.
This role will suit an individual with fundraising experience who is looking to develop their career to the next level.
Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA) works with a community of global alumni and donors to deepen their ties with York and each other, and encourage them to support the University through York Unlimited, the Campaign for York. This role is part of the Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy which develops long term, strategic partnerships with philanthropic corporate and foundation supporters, working closely with the other OPPA teams:
Individual Philanthropy Team: manages major individual philanthropy and the legacy giving programme.
Fundraising Programmes: managing mass fundraising appeals, crowdfunding campaigns, community fundraising and student projects.
Operations and Experience: providing business intelligence, information and insight, governance and stewardship of supporter and alumni relationships, and managing all mass communications with alumni and supporters.
Volunteering and Alumni Programmes: developing volunteering and alumni engagement programmes in support of the University’s strategic aims.
OPPA is part of the University’s Directorate of External Relations, and works closely with other sections of the directorate, which are Marketing, Recruitment, Outreach and Admissions, Communications, Public Engagement and Events, and International Student Recruitment, Partnerships and Mobility.
The role of Philanthropy Manager is to inspire and encourage transformative philanthropic income from corporate and foundation donors to the University of York. You will work to build engagement and involvement of potential donors and colleagues across the University to develop and deliver a pipeline of significant philanthropic gifts to priority themes and projects across the University’s research and public good agenda.
You will work with academics and senior management to shape and develop projects to ensure they become an exciting case for support for donor gifts and investment. This will involve multi-cause fundraising within and beyond faculties and departments.
You will manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation donor prospects and have responsibility and accountability for communication, events and content production relevant and appealing to these prospects, including liaising with academic theme coordinators to determine this..
With the support of the OPPA’s Research and Stewardship Teams, the Philanthropy Manager’s role is to ensure that their portfolio of prospective donors are taken through the stages of donor development – from initial research, through meetings and cultivation activity, to asking for gifts, due diligence, stewardship and donor progression, creating a sustainable pipeline of philanthropic income.
This is a demanding and rewarding role that requires resilience and a long term view. The post holder will work to individual financial cash and pledge targets and KPIs based on proposals developed and asks made.
This role is available on a fixed term basis to cover a maternity leave for 12 months.
Interview date: w/c Monday 27th February
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The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.
We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.
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