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Advancement Officer Cancer

Requisition ID:  5588

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  13-Jan-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £25,941.00 - £33,797.00 


Closing Date: 27 January 2021

The Role


Under the guidance of the Head of Individual Giving, you will form positive relationships with potential supporters such as philanthropic individuals, including alumni, and a diverse range of companies in order to secure philanthropic support for the strategic objectives of the University around cancer research.


The post is full time, fixed term for 12 months for maternity cover.


For informal enquiries, please contact Aerian Rogers on Aerian.Rogers@ncl.ac.uk


For more information about Alumni, please click on the following link: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni/


Key Accountabilities


  1. To undertake a comprehensive programme of face-to-face engagement with philanthropic individuals, corporates and other stakeholders as appropriate, in support of work in the field of cancer research 
  1. To ask these stakeholders for philanthropic support and other offers of support for the University’s work in the field of cancer research and care, verbally and through written proposals 
  1. To manage a pool of identified prospects (i.e. potential donors) and build long term relationships through one-to-one meetings, and co-ordinate and contribute to meetings with academic staff and/or professional services staff as guided
  2. To devise and recommend cultivation plans for prospects for discussion and approval, devised to increase their affiliation to the University and their likelihood of making a gift
  1. To work towards a series of benchmarks and personal targets which may include number of meetings, and asks, and to contribute to the Department’s income and participation goals
  2. To advise on gift protocols and procedures, and tax-efficient giving, referring the more complex queries to the Head of Individual Giving for guidance
  3. To develop and maintain awareness of sector guidelines, GDPR and other policies, covering alumni engagement and fundraising
  4. To identify common interests within the prospect community and feed them in to the philanthropy, events and volunteering teams
  5. To support prospect events when necessary and represent NU Advancement at other events
  6. To support stewardship plans for donors to ensure they appreciate the impact of their gift and continue their support
  7. To support the delivery of strategic initiatives as directed, for example the membership growth of our mid-range donor clubs, development of prospect volunteering opportunities, community fundraising initiatives and raising the profile of legacy giving
  8. To diligently record interactions on the CRM system (Raiser’s Edge) to enable accurate reporting and analytics on team and personal activity
  9. Working closely with the Philanthropy team, support the creation of fundraising and stewardship materials as required


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Experience of working in a role with a focus on external relations, customer relations, community fundraising or alumni relations
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills, preferably demonstrable with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, preferably leading to a call to action
  • The confidence and maturity to engage with senior figures, with a preference for candidates who can demonstrate experience in this
  • Ability to work independently but also to share progress and challenges freely with the team
  • Experience of representing an organisation in meetings or events
  • Skills in negotiating and influencing (Desirable)
  • Experience of working in higher education (Desirable) 
  • Experience of working with an alumni database or equivalent (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of alumni engagement and fundraising (Desirable)
  • Direct experience of a fundraising role, preferably in higher education (Desirable)


Attributes & Behaviours


  • A high-level of self-motivation and readiness to generate leads and follow them through
  • An ability to be persistent and to maintain a positive attitude
  • A strong level of confidence in order to represent the University, ask people for money and negotiate gifts
  • Willingness to travel and work unsociable hours, sometimes requiring overnight stays
  • An ability to think tactically and creatively, whilst respecting the team guidelines and policies (Desirable)
  • Understanding of the importance and impact of universities and desire to grow support for the sector (Desirable)





  • Degree, or equivalent level qualification in a relevant discipline with experience in a similar role. Alternatively, demonstrable experience in an equivalent role



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 5588