Development Director

Thank you for your interest in the role of Development Director at Regent’s University London.

Salary range: £75,000 - £95,000 per annum depending on skills, experience and qualifications 
Hours: Full-time, 35 per week
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Regent’s University London, Regent’s Park, London

Regent’s University London seeks an experienced fundraiser for this exciting new opportunity. Building on an established alumni relations programme, the Development Director will be responsible for the creation of a vibrant fundraising operation.

The Development Director will report directly to the Vice Chancellor. A member of the senior management team, the role holder will initially lead a team of five people and have overall responsibility for setting and delivering the University’s development programme, embedding fundraising and philanthropy throughout the University’s community and beyond.

The role will be based at the University’s campus, situated within the beautiful surroundings of Regent’s Park in Central London.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a proven fundraiser who would relish establishing and building a development programme for a university with significant fundraising potential. Prior experience in establishing and building effective fundraising strategies and of working with philanthropic individuals will be instrumental in driving the future success of the development strategy, particularly in relation to identifying funding priorities.

The successful candidate must:

- be educated to degree level or equivalent
- have substantial fundraising experience, including proven success in securing major gifts within a senior level role
- be a strong leader with the ability to engage and motivate a team
- be able to influence at senior level to promote ideas and proposals
- have experience of researching, targeting, cultivating and soliciting prospects
- have experience of working with academic leaders (or analogous leaders from charitable sector)
- have the ability to both promote innovation and respond creatively to problems.

In addition to being self-motivated, tenacious, driven and imaginative, the ideal candidate will have the ability to command respect from and influence people at all levels by means of their excellent personal and communication skills. With a successful track record in fundraising and experience in securing philanthropic gifts, they will have proven managerial and strategic planning skills and will be able to build empathetic relations with high net-worth individuals while also developing a wide-ranging understanding of, and empathy for, the academic purposes of the University. 

Regent’s University London is one of only four independent, not-for-profit universities in the UK.  It is uniquely international in breadth and depth, with students and alumni from 140 different countries studying a wide variety of courses and benefiting from inspirational teaching that is both cutting edge and practical.  Based in Royal Regent’s Park and Marylebone, its students study in a supportive, personal environment and go on to become global entrepreneurs and leaders. This is an exciting time to join the University, with this new role a key element of an ambitious strategic plan to lead it to 2023 and beyond.

Regent’s University London values diversity, and is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity, and to proper and fair representation across its senior decision making groups. In support of these commitments, the University particularly welcomes expressions of interest and applications from women and from individuals of black and ethnic minority backgrounds, for this post.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 5th July 2018 at midnight. 
Selection Dates:
First round interviews will take place on Wednesday 1st August 2018, with second round interviews on Thursday 9th August 2018. 

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List of benefits

Regent’s University London is independent and not-for-profit. It has a clear sense of purpose: to ensure that it can offer an unparalleled standard of teaching to an intimate yet global community of students in an exceptional campus environment. Situated in the heart of a Royal Park in central London, Regent’s gained University status in 2013 when it was awarded taught-degree awarding powers. In an increasingly crowded higher education market, Regent’s University London aims to cultivate a scholarly environment which combines intimacy and close personal focus, with a uniquely global perspective.

Regent’s University London places great emphasis on providing a dynamic learning and research-informed environment. Students are taught in small groups, benefitting from high contact hours and close pedagogic bonds with their tutors that is further enhanced by the interactive virtual learning environment. Regent’s aims to create a learning environment which is comfortable, intimate, safe and supportive that encourages active learning.

Unlike many UK universities, Regent’s offers a range of degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level, both conforming to the typical British bachelor’s and master’s degree format and also to American and international standards. In many cases, this allows its students the best of both worlds: flexibility of learning and the opportunity to study in one of the world’s foremost centres of cultural and commercial hubs – London. 

Regent’s University London graduates enjoy one of the highest graduate employability levels and are highly sought after, attracting average salaries substantially above the norm.  Alumni now occupy key roles in a wide variety of business, commercial, media, governmental and public service organisations.