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No 6171

Wednesday 9 December 2009

Vol cxl No 12

pp. 373–420

Other External Vacancy

Cambridge Union Society


The Cambridge Union Society is a world-famous student debating society with an estimated 45,000 life members, many of whom, after leaving Cambridge, lose contact with the Society. The task of the Union’s first Director of Development and Alumni Relations will be to re-engage with alumni and to spearhead the ambitious development plans the Society has for its future.

Philanthropic giving will play a key role in funding the Society’s ambition. The Society wants to enhance the Union not only in its well-known public speaking and debating roles, but also its growing conferencing and commercial capabilities. To maximize its full potential the Union intends to refurbish its historic buildings and physically develop its city centre site for the benefit of all its members.

The successful applicant will create a comprehensive strategy to secure major gifts from individual donors, charitable trusts, and corporate bodies. The post-holder will also drive the Society’s international fundraising policies and activities, working alongside Union staff and student officers while reporting directly to the trustees. The salary is negotiable.

The appointee will need to quickly establish credibility within the Union and its alumni. The successful candidate’s background will clearly show experience in securing major gifts from various sources, as well as managing a programme of development activities. Ideally candidates should also have experience of running a legacy programme.

The Society is looking for an energetic and creative fundraiser who would relish the challenge of establishing this new and exciting role in Cambridge’s leading student Society.

Applications should be addressed to the Bursar at the Cambridge Union Society. These should include a covering letter, full curriculum vitae (including current salary), and the names of two referees who will be contacted at the short-listing stage.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 18 December 2009. Interviews are expected to take place in Cambridge in January.