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Donor Relations Manager

Job title Donor Relations Manager

Department Development & Alumni Relations

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 3545

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Tuesday 15 November 2022

Closing date Tuesday 06 December 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference JS10039

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Join the University of Bath's growing Department of Development and Alumni Relations as our Donor Relations Manager. This is a unique opportunity to play your part in securing transformational gifts to support the University and its communities by delivering an exceptional giving experience to our donors.

About the role:

The department has recently been through some considerable changes, with significant investment in the team and a new senior leadership structure in place, making it an exciting time to join and be part of a new chapter in the University's philanthropic journey. 

As the Donor Relations Manager, you will manage a broad portfolio of work, from using strong organisational and project management skills to deliver a framework of timely, relevant stewardship to donors, to showing your creative side in creating unique engagement experiences for individual donors.  

You will collaborate with colleagues across the team to deliver a streamlined process that ensures:

  • philanthropic gifts at all levels are befitting to the University and the donor
  • thanking is swift and consistent
  • all donors can enjoy relevant and inspiring events, communications and recognition for their contributions

This is a permanent, full time position working 36.5 hours per week.

About you:

The successful candidate will be an adept networker, able to quickly build excellent relationships with colleagues around the University – including the beneficiaries of philanthropic income – in order to effectively report on and communicate the stories of its impact. Your work will be at the core of the team, helping to build and maintain lifelong relationships with our supporters that will ultimately lead to further financial support for the University's key strategic fundraising priorities.

You will:

  • have an excellent track record of achievement in devising and delivering supporter engagement programming (ideally in a fundraising or higher education setting)
  • be familiar with working with a broad range of audiences
  • understand how to adapt your communication style
  • be exceptionally well-organised
  • bring efficiencies and high professional standards to deliver a high-quality framework of activities on time
  • build trust and the competencies of others involved in systematic processes

Finally, you will have a people-first approach to your work and demonstrate this in your internal and external relationship building and communications with your audiences. You'll have enthusiasm for the impact of philanthropic giving and a belief in the importance of universities to society, which will translate into your leadership style and motivate those around 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 Joanna Sochacka however please submit your application and CV through the university website.

What we can offer you:

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

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • 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:

 - Relocation Procedure

 - Visa Reimbursement Scheme

 - Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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 aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.


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Further details:

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 that 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 / ILR, 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 the personal details of applicants may be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.