Development Officer – London

Development Officer

University of London



The University of London

The University of London is a leading UK provider of distance and digital education internationally, offering programmes to 45,000 students in 190 countries around the world. Although proudly rooted in London, our community and impact are global. We are a national leader in the humanities, and we promote their value to society and the economy through knowledge creation and exchange.

We are also a federation of 17 world class higher education institutions, with collaboration at the heart of our ethos. The University of London federation is a collective community of more than 240,000 learners and 50,000 staff, delivering world-leading research across all disciplines.

Our passion for increasing access to education and mobilising the collective power and expertise of the federation is central to our ability to transform lives around the world and address the global challenges of the future.

The Role

The Development Office at the University of London is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join its successful team as Development Officer. Working closely with the Development Manager, Trusts and Foundations, the post-holder will be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts and grants (£5,000+) from philanthropic organisations in the UK and abroad.

We are looking for a proactive and enthusiastic candidate, with excellent written and oral communication skills and a high standard of organisation. An entrepreneurial, results-orientated approach is essential, as the post-holder will actively contribute to the production of compelling funding applications and the establishment of successful relationships between the University and a range of charitable organisations.

For a full role profile, please refer to the job description below.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to produce accurate and compelling funding applications
  • Ability to build professional relationships both in person and online
  • Capacity to work collaboratively and to agreed deadlines
  • High standard of organisation, including the sensitive handling of personal and organisational data
  • Enthusiasm for the University’s projects and strategic priorities, with the ability to motivate and enthuse others
  • An informed understanding of fundraising (especially related to Trusts and Foundations) and experience securing and stewarding major gifts is desirable, but we encourage candidates with the above essential attributes to apply.

Further information

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application and CV (by clicking ‘apply for job’ at the bottom of this page) before the closing date at midnight on the 26th March 2023

The University reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the published end date should it receive sufficient applications to warrant earlier shortlisting. Preferential consideration will be given to the University redeployment pool.

The University of London is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We particularly encourage applications from members of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities as this group is currently under-represented in senior levels within the University. All appointments will be made on merit, based on the criteria identified in the job description.

Pursuing excellence in education and equal opportunities.