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Director of Development

Durham University
United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time

Durham University is founded on philanthropy, established through a generous gift by Bishop van Mildert in 1832 that included Durham Castle and much of the land and buildings we still occupy today. Durham University is proud to have one of the most committed and vibrant global alumni communities of any UK academic institution, whose loyalty and generosity have factored in establishing Durham as one of the very best universities in the UK.

Building on this history, the University is now seeking to appoint a Director of Development. This is a new senior leadership role, integral to the successful delivery of Durham University’s strategic objectives; leading philanthropy and alumni to support engagement to develop a programme to grow substantially the level of gifts that Durham attracts globally.

Building on a strong base, you will develop and deliver a global principal gifts strategy that prioritises identified targets whilst also seeking out new funders who have a strong interest in supporting Durham, personally leading approaches focused on seven-figure principal and major gifts.

Reporting directly to the Director of Advancement, Marketing and Communications, you will  work closely with and support the Vice-Chancellor, and will have a dotted line to the Vice-Chancellor in respect of specified major projects.

You will be an experienced leader, with a track record of supporting, growing, and developing teams to increase performance in a way which inspires and motivates staff at all levels. You will bring significant fundraising experience of working closely with senior colleagues to raise six and seven figure gifts from a variety of donors including alumni and supporters, philanthropists, trusts, charities and companies along with experience of global philanthropy and the cultural nuances that shape giving.

If you feel you have the skills and experience, we are looking for then we would be delighted to hear from you. For an informal and confidential conversation please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Ross Highfield 07891 138 886

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