Scotland’s first university is seeking a Head of Development (United States) to capitalize on historic ties to the U.S. to lead a significant expansion of its U.S.-based fundraising program.
Founded in 1413, the University of St Andrews is the most international of Scotland’s universities, with a diverse and international community of over 10,500 students and staff. This community has long-standing connections to the United States: currently about 17% of students are drawn from the U.S. and more than 6,000 alumni live in North America, representing more than 10% of living graduates.
St Andrews has cultivated alumni in North America for more than 30 years. A recent study by Marts and Lundy shows that it secures greater average cohort giving than other major U.K. universities, and notes that there is significant potential for growth. The University’s rising popularity—especially at elite private schools in the Northeast, California and Texas—and a growing community of U.S.-based alumni and parents make this a propitious time to invest in a comprehensive U.S.-based fundraising effort that enhances engagement, builds career networks, and increases donations.
St Andrews is assembling a strategic U.S. development team to partner with U.K. staff on ambitious new revenue goals. The U.S. team will include the Head of Development, the Alumni and Family Programme Manager, and two major gifts officers to be added later on the East and West Coasts. By fostering life-long relationships with parents, alumni and select institutions, the team will provide critical support for the University’s ambitious new strategic plan. The plan features the development of a new College—the first new academic quadrangle at St Andrews in 300 years, to be developed on the site of an historic school established in town in 1844.
Based from home—with a strong preference for an East Coast location—the Head will work closely with the Development Office at St Andrews, led by the Director of Development, as well as the Principal and Vice-Chancellor and the Vice Principal (International Strategy and External Relations) to secure breakthrough gifts that provide the energy and momentum to achieve the University’s vision.
- At least 5 years in a senior fundraising role in the non-profit sector, preferably in higher education.
- Understanding of and commitment to philanthropy as a key component within the advancement of higher education; knowledge of St Andrews or Scottish education is desirable.
- Substantial track record in securing transformational gifts ($250,000 and above) designed to reimagine initiatives and programs.
- Proven track record of team management and mentoring; experience overseeing events is desirable.
- Ability to operate independently, coordinate complex projects and balance conflicting demands.
- Expertise in use of The Raiser’s Edge or similar databases.
- Bachelor’s degree.