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Philanthropy Officer

Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

Location:  Brighton - Moulsecoomb
Salary:  £29,605 to £32,982 per annum
Closing Date:  Wednesday 13 December 2023
Interview Date:  See advert
Reference:  PA5036-23-435

Are you looking to join a team that values people and partnerships and is dedicated to creating transformational experiences for our community?  A place where you will have the opportunity to learn, develop and grow in a collaborative and supportive culture? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you.  

The Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Department believes in the power of building relationships and partnerships with our valued alumni and supporters. And, in providing them with the opportunity to offer gifts of time, experiences and funding, which provide transformational experiences for our students and deliver impactful and world-leading research at the university. 

The Philanthropy Officer is a newly created position where you will develop relationships with alumni and donors to raise philanthropic income and encourage volunteering to support students.  In this role you will cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with prospective and existing supporters, and alumni through establishing networks with supporters and colleagues, and by undertaking research.  We provide our donors and alumni volunteers with the highest quality experience where they are engaged with the impact their donations and volunteering.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Great communication and interpersonal skills that develop strong relationships.
  • Experience of working in a fundraising or a client focused environment.
  • Experience of engaging with supporters or clients, as well as writing compelling narratives to attract funding.
  • Experience of organising and running events both online and in-person.
  • An ongoing openness to learn and develop your knowledge.

This is a full-time 37.0 hours per week, permanent post however we will consider applications from candidates seeking to job share or  wanting to take the role on a maximum of 30.0 hours per week.  This post is eligible for our of our hybrid working policy, meaning you can work from home for a proportion of the week. 

This role will require travel to other university sites and to meet with potential and existing supporters away from campus and Brighton & Hove.  There will also be some events in the evenings and at weekends in support of the wider work of the department.

We are committed to investing in potential. We encourage people to contact us if they think they only meet some of the criteria for an informal chat to discuss your suitability for the role.  If you would like to discuss this post please contact Marnie Middlemiss, Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement -

It is planned that interviews will take place on 8th and 9th January 2024.

The University provides a competitive benefits package including incremental rates of pay, generous pension contributions and 25 days annual leave, with additional concessionary days such as university closure time between Christmas and New Year. We provide a flexible working environment through our Agile Working Framework, enhanced family friendly and wellbeing schemes, and discounted sport and leisure facilities. You can find more information about our full benefits package on our website.

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The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment for all staff regardless of age, disability, family or caring responsibilities, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief (including non-belief), sex and sexual orientation. We embrace equality and diversity in our working, learning, research and teaching environment and are committed to maintaining a supportive and inclusive community. We particularly encourage applicants from Minority Ethnic backgrounds because the University is under-represented by Minority Ethnic staff.

For the vast majority of our roles, we operate an agile working system with time split between working on campus and at the employee's home. It is the University's expectation that home working will take place within the UK.

Further information about working for us, as well as the wide range of benefits we offer, can be found in the working with us section of our vacancies page.



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