Cambridge University Reporter


Exeter College


Exeter College is seeking to appoint a Development Director to replace the current incumbent when he leaves in mid-June this year. The College is looking for a person who can make best use of the transformative potential of the 700th anniversary of its foundation, which falls in 2014. The post-holder will be directly responsible to the Rector for the development of fund-raising and alumni relations at Exeter by: taking an active lead on fund-raising in the College through the cultivation and face-to-face solicitation of major gifts, as well as working to define clear strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; developing a vision and strategic plan for fund-raising and alumni relations, particularly focused on the 700th anniversary Campaign; and overseeing and managing the Development Office staff.

The successful candidate will demonstrate: an interest in and sympathy with the nature and goals of an Oxford College and an awareness of some of the current challenges facing higher education; an understanding of the importance of philanthropic giving and experience of major gift solicitation; excellent communication skills, including an ability to write and speak eloquently and to communicate effectively with internal and external constituencies of all backgrounds; evidence of the ability to think strategically and tactically about the relation between potential donors and the College's fundraising goals; evidence of the ability to plan, manage, and implement a substantial capital campaign efficiently and effectively; previous experience of management responsibility and evidence of the ability to motivate and lead staff and volunteers; and evidence of the ability to quickly assimilate large amounts of new information.

The appointment is full-time and permanent (subject to the completion of a six-month probationary period). The salary is in the range of £45,000 to £50,000 a year (subject to review). The Director is entitled to lunch and dine at Common Table each day, for which provision is made. The College is also in the process of making provision for the Development Director, after a suitable period of time, to become a Fellow of the College by Special Election.

Applicants should write to the Academic Administrator, Exeter College, Oxford, OX1 3DP (e-mail by 9 June 2006, enclosing a curriculum vitae and the details of three referees, who should be asked to write to the College at once if an applicant is short-listed. Short-listing will take place on 13 June, and candidates will be notified promptly of the result. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed at the College on the morning of 27 June.