Fundraising Relationship Trainee 

United Kingdom
Sep 14, 2018
Oct 08, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job Purpose

Are you looking to start your fundraising career at a prestigious organisation? Do you want to be part of the largest fundraising and volunteering campaign ever undertaken in the West Midlands? We are now in the planning stages of our next campaign.Inspired by our founder, Joseph Chamberlain, it will aim to change lives locally and globally.It will be unique and ambitious and will place Birmingham as one of the leading fundraising and volunteering universities in the world.

As a Fundraising Relationship Trainee you will develop a thorough understanding of face-to-face major gifts fundraising, through an extensive training programme. You will work with colleagues in the Fundraising and Volunteering Team to gain insight and demonstrable experience in how to relationship manage a portfolio of prospective donors in order to raise charitable funds for a range of key projects. You will learn how to develop the entire prospect relationship management process; approaching, cultivating, asking and stewarding. This will include:-

Relationship management of a portfolio of prospective and current donors

Securing 4 and 5 figure gifts against an agreed target for a range of projects

Effective communication with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders

Complete ownership of the end-to-end relationship management process including all research, proposal writing and stewardship activity

Our University has a long and proud history of philanthropy stretching back to its foundation in 1900.With a clear vision of changing the lives of the citizens of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain raised the funds required to build the University from philanthropists and corporations based locally and around the globe.Since then philanthropy has continued to play an important role in shaping the University.There have been a number of fundraising campaigns including a £1m urgent capital appeal after the Second World War, a £1.4m campaign to fund the Vale ‘student village' in the 1960s and, more recently, the Circles of Influence Campaign, which raised £193 million and was the largest HE fundraising campaign outside Oxbridge and London.

The University has global reach, including several partnerships with other leading universities around the world, and is grounded in its local community, having opened the first fully comprehensive University secondary school in the country in 2015.We are an ambitious and successful research-intensive University (one of the top 100 research-led universities globally) and have produced 11 Nobel Prize winners.Our students come from nearly 150 countries and our flagship outreach programmes mean that almost 25% of our student population come from disadvantaged backgrounds, one of the highest proportions in the UK.

The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) exists to support this academic and student community by engaging and inspiring alumni, individuals and charitable funders who can give their money, time and networks to support the University's strategic priorities.The Office is particularly focused on fundraising and volunteering from alumni and individuals who are based locally or globally and who are passionate about changing lives, whether by funding cancer research trials, supporting student bursaries, mentoring students or providing internships.

Person Specification

  • Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience
  • Educated to ‘A' Level or (equivalent qualification) and hold at least a GCSE in Mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • Aspiration to develop a career in major gifts fundraising.
  • Strong sense of professional integrity and ethics.
  • Credible, sincere and honest.
  • Develop an understanding of working in a target-driven environment and motivated to raise money.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills which will be continued to be developed in role.
  • Good all-round IT skills including competence with all aspects of MS Office, email and the internet.
  • The flexibility to work unsociable hours (evenings and weekends) when required.
  • The flexibility to travel within the UK.

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