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Bangor University
Bangor, Gwynedd, United Kingdom (hybrid)
27 days ago
Bangor University
Bangor, Gwynedd, United Kingdom (hybrid)
27 days ago


Purpose of the Job:

To secure and increase philanthropic support for Bangor University along with leading a team of Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) staff focused on supporting an engaged, vibrant community of alumni and friends worldwide. The postholder will work with colleagues to identify opportunities for funding, prioritising the strategic objectives of the University, and will seek appropriate matches with potential individual donors, trusts, foundations, and alumni, managing the processes of applications and asks. This will include leading the development of a Case for Support for institutional fundraising and planning and leading support for specific projects or initiatives. The postholder will have oversight of relationships with donors and the disbursement of endowments and funds. They will provide fundraising advice to senior colleagues and championing the value of engaging in philanthropic activity across the University community. The Head of DARO will also manage the Alumni Board which is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and have oversight of the University’s Annual Fund and alumni networks and events.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:


• To lead and deliver the securing of philanthropic support for the University.
• To lead and deliver a programme of fundraising from Charitable Trusts and Foundations that supports wider University and specific research priorities. Taking responsibility for the identification of potential target Trusts and Foundations which have synergy in their interests and priorities.
• Identify opportunities for the Case for Support which align to the University Strategy.
• Develop the institutional Case for Support and other fundraising-related project plans.
• Write funding bids.
• Identify and nurture other potential philanthropy-related relationships with alumni and others, including potential major donors.
• To devise and implement a strategy to coordinate fundraising activity, taking a lead role in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewarding of major gifts in support of priority projects.
• To lead, plan and deliver high-profile creative fundraising campaigns that will help position Bangor University as an international research-led university.
• To ensure that potential support from individuals and organisations of a non-philanthropic nature is followed up internally as and when identified.
• To have oversight of the disbursement of endowment funds, ensuring these funds are used for the purposes stipulated by the donors.
• To have oversight of the University’s Annual Fund and disbursement of donations.
• To take responsibility for income generation targets and to pro-actively manage performance against these targets. Alumni Relations and Relationship Management
• To lead and manage the University’s Development and Alumni Relations activity.
• To work closely with other members of the Directorate of Marketing, Communications and Recruitment, academic colleagues, members of the University’s Executive team and others in progressing the University’s fundraising activities.
• To lead and manage relationships with benefactors, individuals and organisations with responsibility for endowments.
• To develop and manage relationships with prospective alumni and non-alumni benefactors with a view to building relationships that will lead to financial or specialist support for the University.
• To develop a cultivation programme that matches individual interests with the University’s Strategy 2030 priorities and involves subject-appropriate academic colleagues and members of the University’s Executive team.
• Have oversight of an events programme aimed at maintaining links with the University’s 100,000 contactable alumni.
• To build and maintain close professional relationships with a wide network of contacts including donors, potential donors, the Alumni Board, high-profile alumni and relevant external organisations and bodies.
• To brief and involve the Vice-Chancellor and senior colleagues in alumni and fundraising opportunities.
• To recommend candidates for the award of Honorary Fellow drawn from alumni and donor networks.
• To support the annual awarding of Honorary Fellows by researching potential candidates. General
• To manage income and expenditure budgets and ensure delivery within budget.
• To line manage Development and Alumni Relations staff.
• To be a member of the Directorate management team and the Communications and Brand leadership team.
• To be data led and data informed and ensure that activities and plans have clear and measurable KPI’s and that impact is measured and reported.
• Monitor competitor behaviour and ensure that we are market leading.

• To be proactive in the development of external higher education networks, including active engagement in the CASE community.
• To work with other colleagues in the Directorate to ensure full integration, consistency and complementarity of activities.
• To work with the Director of Communications & Brand to develop and deliver a DARO strategy and fundraising and alumni relations plans.
• To support and advise the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice-President (International) as required in matters related to the posts areas of responsibility.
• The post will require working some weekends and evenings, as well as travelling in the UK and internationally staying away from home.


• The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.
• The post holder will be expected to comply with the University equal opportunities policies, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Policy and the Welsh Language Standards.
• The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
• The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts.


Person Specification:


• Educated to degree level or equivalent in a related subject or have significant experience in directly related fields.  
• Evidence of continuing professional development in directly related fields.

• Postgraduate qualification. 
• Membership of a relevant professional body.


• Experience of the development and delivery of fundraising campaigns. 
• Experience of and success in securing funding from Trusts and Foundations.
• Clear understanding of what should be included in an institutional Case for Support.
• A track record of successful fundraising and managing relationships with donors and potential donors.
• Experience of working in a customer-focused environment.
• An ability to develop, an excellent understanding of the University, its strategy and operations.
• Experience of successful one-to-one meetings with individuals to negotiate financial or other tangible forms of support for a University or other relevant organisations.
• Experience of and the ability to absorb and assess detailed information from a wide variety of sources, to identify themes and key statistical indicators.

• A track record of successful management of Development and Alumni activity within higher education, the charity or other relevant sector.
• Experience of managing and leading staff.
• Experience of writing a fundraising Case for Support.
• Experience of community engagement that will help to strongly position the University as a strategic thought-leader within its geographic region.
• An ability to discuss strategic issues relating to higher education with donors and potential donors.
• Experience and knowledge of the higher education sector, particularly in Wales.


• A strong and focussed negotiator who is results focused.
• Highly creative with the ability to innovate in all areas of Development and Alumni Relations.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively present a Case for Support to potential donors.
• Diplomatic skills in handling relationships and representing the University with donors, potential donors, VIPs, alumni and volunteers, and representatives of trusts and foundations.
• Ability to monitor and evaluate progress and return on investment.
• Ability to form, develop and maintain high-performing teams.
• Exceptional people skills, enabling the development of relationships internally and externally.
• Exceptional networking skills, particularly externally, within higher education and beyond. ·
• Self-motivated and resilient.

• The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable for this role.  If applicants are not able to speak / write in Welsh, there are opportunities to learn if the successful candidate wishes to do so.


The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally. 

We are a member of Advance HE's Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University's policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. 

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact. 

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.  

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements *** If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job  we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements: 

Please note that we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the right to live and work in the UK legally.   When applying for this post you will be required to explain the basis upon which you believe you will be able to live and work in the UK legally on the commencement date of the role should your application be successful.  

Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University's Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65501398
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Bangor, Gwynedd, United Kingdom
  • Company Name For Job: Bangor University
  • Position Title: Head of Development & Alumni Relations
  • Industry: 4-Year College or University/Higher Education Institution
  • Job Function: Alumni Relations,
    Annual Fund & Giving,
    External & Community Relations,
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Management
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $53,353.00 - $61,823.00 (Yearly Salary)

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