Job offer available in Scotland Development Officer at University of Aberdeen

Are you an experienced fundraiser with a proven track record? Are you looking for a new role to develop your fundraising skills further and broaden your experience? We have an exciting opportunity to join our team and raise funds for the University of Aberdeen’s ground-breaking research and talented students.

We have two Development Officer posts available, both responsible for securing major gifts from alumni and other individuals, as well as companies, trusts and foundations. Our current fundraising priorities are for medical research, supporting the University’s drive to tackle cancer and other global health challenges. However, the Development Officers will also work flexibly across a range of projects, potentially covering the breadth of the University’s expertise, facilities and student experience.

The role of a Development Officer is varied, creative and challenging. Every day is different. You might be taking a prospective donor to meet a leading academic, writing a fundraising proposal, presenting a case for support to the management team or participating in a University event. You’re a copywriter, crafting succinct and engaging proposals from detailed, technical information. You’re a spokesperson, bringing the cause to life and enthusing prospective donors. You’re a choreographer, meticulously planning and managing the donor journey. You’re a salesperson, capable of confidently ‘making the ask’. You’re a diplomat, managing important relationships and handling sensitive situations with tact and care. And you’re a project manager, balancing multiple work streams, prioritising effectively, meeting income targets and keeping accurate records of your activity on our CRM database. As we prepare for the launch of a major new fundraising campaign, we’re looking for people who can take on all aspects of the role, and who can bring their passion, creativity and innovation to the fore in our close-knit and supportive team.

Full-time working is preferred for both these posts, but part-time would be considered (minimum 0.7FTE).

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£33,199 – £39,610 per annum, pro rata), with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries can be made to Lisa Chilton by telephone (01224 274113) or email (

This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 14 February 2019.

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