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Associate Director, Supporter Engagement

Job title Associate Director, Supporter Engagement

Department Development & Alumni Relations

Salary Starting from £53,353, rising to £61,823

Grade Grade 9

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2317

Placed on Monday 09 January 2023

Closing date Sunday 05 February 2023

Interview date Wednesday 15 February 2023

Reference CH10212

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Are you looking for an opportunity to join a new leadership team at a top 10 university and support the growth of philanthropic giving? 

The University of Bath is looking to appoint an exceptional Associate Director of Supporter Engagement within the department of Development and Alumni Relations. The department is currently on a significant growth path and there has never been a more exciting time to join. 

About the role 

As a member of the Development and Alumni Relations Leadership team, the Associate Director of Supporter Engagement will be responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy driving engagement with supporters from around the world.

You will provide strategic direction to the development of regular giving and supporter engagement programmes through data-driven analysis, to maximise engagement, philanthropic income and volunteering from constituents. 

Develop and implement an ambitious strategy which maximises the convening power of alumni and volunteers and work pan-University to build connections and support student recruitment, international, internships, placements, marketing, communication, scholarships and other important stakeholders in the delivery of their strategies.

You will be responsible for driving innovative and creative techniques for encouraging new donors to support the University. You will ensure alumni and other supporters are appropriately engaged and stewarded through efficient management, excellent global events and engaging communications. 

Line managing the Supporter Engagement Team and shape, plan and implement the strategic direction of the team’s activities, and you will be required to consider immediate and longer-term implications in order to support the University’s objectives, as well as setting and monitoring progress against KPIs as appropriate. 

About you 

  • Have a proven track record of managing high-performing teams in a fundraising, sales or marketing environment. 
  • In-depth experience of using data gathered to inform strategy, taking strategic ideas and delivering operational reality and streamlining business processes. 

If this sounds like you, we would very much like to hear from you!

It is an ambitious and exciting time to join our Development & Alumni Relations team, as we drive the University Strategy forward and advance its world-leading research in sustainability, digital, and health and well-being. We are a very friendly, creative, and collaborative team and this is an opportunity for you to be part of our success.

For an informal discussion about the role contact Natasha Bishop on to arrange a call with Gordon Cox, Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

What we can offer you:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and disabled people, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Visa information

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK, you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain − please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.