Appointment Details

University of Aberdeen

Job Title: Director of Advancement

Job Reference:WVBS

Closing Date: Tuesday 7 May 2019

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, The University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest and the UK’s fifth oldest university. We remain true to Elphinstone’s guiding principle of a university that is “open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others”. Named as the Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, ranked 158th in the world by the Time Higher and in February 2018 awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of our world-leading research into health economics and health services over the last forty years, we are committed to building further on our history and international reputation for teaching and research excellence.

The University of Aberdeen Development Trust exists to inspire our community of alumni and donors to support the University’s ambitions for the future. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Development Trust is a charity founded in 1982 with the sole purpose of attracting charitable donations to benefit the University of Aberdeen.  The Trust’s key priorities are designed to provide support for the patronage of students; progress innovation and; preservation of heritage. The Development Trust has an excellent track record in fundraising and consistently performs extremely well amongst institutions of a comparable size and heritage. Annual income is ~£6M across major gifts, legacies, regular giving and community (third party) fundraising. In 2017, the Trust featured in the top 200 charities in the UK for legacy income, one of only three higher education institutions to feature in the list.

We are now looking for outstanding candidates for the role of Director of Advancement to lead the new fundraising campaign and to provide inspirational leadership to the Development Trust Team. Working closely with the Principal  & Vice Chancellor and the Board of Trustees of the Development Trust as a member of the University’s senior management team, this person will be responsible for developing and implementing the advancement strategy for the 2020 Campaign, and for driving forward the achievement of our ambitious fundraising target. Candidates should bring a track record of leadership and successfully implementing an advancement strategy to reach fundraising targets in complex organisations. This is an exciting opportunity to build on the success of one of the UK’s most prestigious higher education institutions.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of Aberdeen on this appointment.  For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference  WVBS.  Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 7 May 2019.


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