University Of Dundee
University Of Dundee

Charity registered in Scotland SC015096

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Senior Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £36,024 – £44,263
  • Dundee (Hybrid)
  • Closing 21st May 2024

We are delighted to offer a significant opportunity for a Senior Development Officer at the University of Dundee, a renowned institution celebrated for its world-class research and innovative teaching. This role represents a chance to be at the forefront of philanthropic efforts that support ground-breaking research and transformative educational experiences.

The University of Dundee has been a beacon of innovation for over five decades, with notable achievements that include pioneering flat-screen technology and keyhole surgery, and playing a vital role in Dundee’s regeneration through initiatives like the V&A Museum of Design. With a global alumni network of over 100,000 graduates, the university has a robust foundation for fundraising and alumni relations.

The successful candidate will join the Directorate of External Relations, where they will be instrumental in securing substantial donations for priority projects such as scholarships, research, and infrastructure. The role involves engaging with a diverse range of donors, planning and executing fundraising events, and crafting strategies to maximise donor contributions.

The University of Dundee is in an exciting phase of its development, with a strategic vision focused on enhancing its social impact both locally and globally. The Senior Development Officer will be key to realising this vision, requiring a dynamic and committed individual who can harness the power of philanthropy to make a genuine impact.

This full-time role is based in Dundee and offers a competitive salary and an extensive benefits package. It is tailored for someone passionate about higher education and research, possessing the drive to engage and inspire donors towards contributing to the university’s ambitious goals.

If you are looking to lead transformative change and thrive in a vibrant academic community, the role of Senior Development Officer at the University of Dundee offers a unique and rewarding opportunity.

This vacancy has now closed

Development Officer – Trusts and Foundations

  • Full time
  • £29,605 – £36,024
  • Dundee
  • Closing 14th January 2024

The Directorate of External Relations aims to enhance the reputation of the University through effective engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, external and internal, and thus support income generation. It includes admissions and applicant experience, enquirer and applicant communications, global engagement and recruitment, marketing, corporate communications, public affairs, advancement (incorporating alumni relations, development and major events), and web and creative services.

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Development Officer – Trusts and Foundations. The successful candidate will capture the inspiring work of the University of Dundee community and communicate its impact to secure funding from charitable trusts and foundations. Your prime responsibility will be to raise funds for priority University initiatives to meet an agreed fundraising target and record activity according to established systems and procedures. This is a permanent appointment.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional to join a dynamic team at a pivotal point in the University of Dundee’s philanthropic journey. With ambitious plans for a major University-wide fundraising campaign, the successful candidate will have the chance to build on their skills in a nurturing, creative and stimulating environment.

Your priorities will include:

  • Raising funds for University initiatives from institutional funders, charitable trusts and foundations and other friends of the University through various methods, including faceto-face meetings, written proposals and other activities.
  • Developing written proposals, including financial summaries and planning approaches to potential supporters to secure donations for campaigns
  • Carrying out research to identify potential funders and to inform planned approaches to these funders
  • Working to agreed activity and financial targets, recording activity and producing documentation according to established office-wide systems and procedures, including Raisers Edge.
  • Creating, developing, and delivering stewardship strategies to ensure donors are thanked appropriately and have a planned future programme of engagement

Who we’re looking for:

  • Demonstrable track record in fundraising
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including evidence of writing for different audiences and formats
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and to prioritise competing deadlines
  • Ability to comprehend, digest and express complicated information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills relating to both internal and external contacts

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

For further information about this position please contact Suzanne Paterson-Black, Senior Development Officer - Trusts and Foundations at To find out more about Development, Alumni Relations and Major Events, visit:

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Head of Development and Alumni Relations

  • Full time
  • £53,348 – £60,022
  • Dundee
  • Closing 8th August 2022

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the Development and Alumni Relations office at the University of Dundee (UoD). Due to the impending retirement of the current post-holder, UoD are seeking their next Head of Development and Alumni Relations to nurture and sustain the relationships and funding needed to support a new and ambitious University strategy.

UoD is a world class university, recognised for its focus on providing outstanding and inclusive student experiences as well as leading major research programmes with global significance. Its work has a social, cultural and economic impact and it is at the forefront of research into the major disease in Scotland and across the world – including cancer, Parkinson’s and Covid 19. This research relies on major donations, gifts and legacies and the role of Head of Development and Alumni Relations is pivotal in securing and sustaining such support in the years ahead.

In this position, you will be responsible for developing and delivering the Directorate’s overall fundraising strategy to support the University’s institutional objectives. You will make a strategic and direct impact by working closely with both senior management and relevant academic colleagues to develop, engage and secure support from UK and International Philanthropists.

With a mix of strategic and operational responsibilities, including line management, it is essential that you are able to work flexibly to accommodate the requirements of this senior role as you will be expected to travel regularly in the UK and internationally and to participate in dinners and events out with normal office hours.

A confident and experienced team leader with a genuine love for the full spectrum of fundraising, you will be energetic, results-driven, intellectually curious and collegiate in your working style. You will have the gravitas to hold your own with senior academic staff and high-level external stakeholders and you will bring a growth mindset to all you undertake.

You may have academic, charitable, public or private sector experience. The key will be that you bring senior experience and a demonstrable track record in high level fundraising, high value stakeholder relations and the achievement of ambitious targets. A skilled ambassador, great at relationship-building, you will be confident in representing the University to diverse stakeholders and audiences across the UK and globally, always with a mind to the benefits and impact this work will bring.

The rewards are significant. You will lead a committed, creative and close-knit team across the University’s Development and Alumni Relations office - a team that recognises and nurtures talent every day. On top of an excellent package that includes a salary of between £53,348-£60,022; a significant employer contributory pension (21.6%) and generous annual leave (39 days p.a.) plus the opportunity for global travel you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are leading the vital funding and donor relations work that will ensure the legacy of a world class University – one that places social value and making a difference to the lives of people and communities at its core.

This is a rare and unique opportunity to make a real difference to the future of a great Scottish University with a global vision. If you are passionate about Dundee’s values and mission and believe you have what it takes to lead this team and to build success, please consider this as your next career move.