Scotland’s first university is seeking a Development Officer (East Coast) to join a U.S.-based team that is capitalizing on significant ties to the U.S. to expand engagement and fundraising.
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, 60% of whom have graduated in the past decade.
St Andrews has engaged 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 and a growing community of alumni and parents make this a propitious time to invest in a comprehensive U.S.-based development 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 goals. The U.S. team will include the Head of Development, the Alumni and Family Engagement Manager, and two Development Officers. 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, the Development Officer will report to Head of Development (U.S.) Kathryn Humphreys and work closely with the Manager of Alumni and Family Engagement (U.S.) and the Development Office at St Andrews, led by Director of Development Robert Fleming, St Andrews’ chief advancement officer. The Development Officer will travel extensively throughout the region, with a focus on New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Chicago, to manage a portfolio of major donors.
- At least 3 to 5 years in a fundraising role in the non-profit sector, preferably in higher education or a similarly complex and consultative environment.
- 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.
- Proven track record in securing five- and six-figure gifts to support capital or other significant projects and programs.
- Experience developing and presenting oral and written fundraising proposals to high-level donors and inspiring ambitious levels of support.
- Expertise in use of The Raiser’s Edge or similar alumni/membership/relational databases, including proficiency in querying and exporting data for statistical analysis and reporting.
- Ability to gain credibility as a colleague and partner to development staff, academics and senior management.
- Flexibility and positive attitude to participate as a team member, usually via electronic means; willingness to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends, and to travel on a regular basis.
- Ability to work independently, exercise good judgement with limited direct oversight, meet stringent deadlines and deliver high-quality outcomes consistently.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.