Polly Symondson Recruitment | 000162
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Job Number: 000162

Job Title: Head of Philanthropy
Charity: University of Warwick
Location: Coventry, hybrid or homebased
Contract: full time
Salary Range: £51,799-£63,668
Closing: 28th April

The University of Warwick is one of the most successful young universities in the UK. With a dynamic and forward-thinking culture, and a reputation for combining innovation with the relentless pursuit of excellence, it is firmly established within the top 10 of all UK university rankings, and currently 62nd in the world. Its Development and Alumni Engagement office is on a similar trajectory, challenged to raise the funds needed to take the University and its students to the next level.

To help meet this challenge, the University is looking to recruit a Head of Philanthropy to develop, coordinate and implement a big gift fundraising strategy that maximises fundraising income and helps to build a culture of philanthropy at the University of Warwick.

You will deliver a robust fundraising strategy that relies on a comprehensive series of KPIs to manage performance and create a high performing fundraising team. You will deliver a pipeline of potential donors (including alumni, high net worth individuals, companies and charitable organizations), income, and metrics that will yield a step change in team performance.

A key part of your role will be to manage the Major, Leadership and Regular Giving fundraising teams to achieve ambitious personal and team targets, including personally managing a small portfolio of Major Gifts prospects. Holding the team to account for their progress and importantly create a culture that emphasises high performance, support and inclusiveness. This includes being responsible for coaching and mentoring staff to ultimately build across all giving levels and ensure best practices are shared.

We are seeking someone with substantial experience of Major Gifts, Regular Gifts, and Direct Marketing fundraising, with experience of leading, mentoring and coaching fundraisers. Strong team management, and developing team culture will be key, as will leading from the front when it comes to best practice.

We seek someone who is used to working in high performing fundraising teams, and a natural problem solver with the ability to work laterally to resolve fundraising challenges across departments. Self-awareness, gravitas, and experience in helping others to develop it is vital.

Within the Development and Alumni Engagement team, we’re proud to work within a framework of behaviours that were collectively shaped and agreed. These describe the way in which we as a team behave towards each other and our approach to work and as such, our recruitment process will include two interviews – one based on capabilities and the other behaviour-based. More information will be shared with candidates who progress to interview stage. 

Our team behaviours are: 

  • MAKING A DIFFERENCE: We are Ambitious to Make a Difference
  • COLLABORATION: We Collaborate to Achieve Together
  • SOLUTION FOCUSSED: We are Accountable for Creating Solutions
  • PASSION FOR LEARNING: We Learn from our Best Performances

This role will allow you room to co-create and lead your team’s brief and represents an exciting opportunity for the post-holder to develop their career.

This role can either be based that the University, hybrid and home working are available.

For a copy of the full job description please apply via this website.

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