Development Officer (Major Giving/Trusts and Foundations)

Vacancy ID: 8559
Main Location: UAL - High Holborn, London UK
Hours: 35
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £35,468 - £43,558 per annum
Closing date: August 26, 2022 10:55 pm

The role

UAL is preparing to launch its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, with an aim to raise more money than ever before, and to build a culture of philanthropy across the University.   

The post-holder will be a key member of the Development team, with specific responsibility for gift administration and donor stewardship for the Major Gifts and Trusts and Foundations teams. They will work with colleagues across the Development department to support the fundraising effort.

They will also liaise with students, academic colleagues, and colleagues in central departments to maintain systems for the effective management of philanthropic income and to deliver high-quality reports.

Why choose us?

University of the Arts London (UAL) is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six Colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.   

The University provides transformative education and world-leading research and enterprise. We are the centre of public debate for the future of arts, design, fashion, and communication and provide an inspirational environment for students, staff, and wider communities. UAL has around 20,000 students and 5,000 staff, based at campuses across London. We are engaged in several major change programmes over the next five years. This includes moves for two of our colleges.   

At UAL, everyone’s identity matters. We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all our diverse students, staff, and the creative and cultural sector partners with whom we engage. We aim to take every opportunity to progress equality and diversity and celebrate the enrichment this brings to our community. 

Your Profile


  • Liaise with UAL’s Legal and Finance teams to coordinate gift agreements and income’s protocols relating to gifts and grants to the University and its colleges.
  • Coordinate the implementation of contractual arrangements across the University, liaising with academic staff, Student Funding Services and members of the Development team.
  • Process donors and funders’ payments in a timely manner, liaising with Finance and Development Services teams to track and record payments of such gifts.
  • Conduct all financial matters associated with the role in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.


  • Provide day-to-day management of
  • Develop and manage donor communications templates, research and collate information, including student and tutor feedback, to facilitate the production of donor reports and proposals.
  • Supports Major Giving and Trusts & Foundations areas of donor stewardship by writing donor reports, ensuring their timely submission.
  • Draft and prepare correspondence with prospects, donors and funders as
  • Maintain comprehensive, accurate records of communications with donors and funders using the Raiser’s Edge and Development’s filing system to ensure efficient reporting and seamless stewardship of donor and funders.
  • Assist in the drafting of fundraising proposals to support specific projects and
  • Be a main point of contact for UAL’s Student Funding Services for scholarships, bursaries and prizes supported by major donors, trusts and foundations, making available all necessary information to ensure they are implemented seamlessly, as per the contractual
  • Liaise with colleagues across the team to maintain an accurate and detailed database of scholarships, bursaries and prizes.
  • Assist with the implementation of best practice for donor relations and
  • Attend internal and external functions (i.e. UAL receptions, private views, cultivation and stewardship events ) for the purpose of supporting events. Often these will require working evenings and, on rare occasions, weekends.

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, pension and a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.

If you have any queries, you may contact Jaspreet Kaur via email or telephone: 020 7514 9627.

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

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