Prospect Research Manager

Client: University of Sussex

Location: Sussex House, Falmer Campus

Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum, pro rata if part time

Closing date: Sunday, 30 June 2024 23:30

We’re looking for an experienced philanthropy researcher to join the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) at the University of Sussex. With a strong track record in identifying, evaluating, and profiling prospects, as well as managing prospect pipelines, you will play a pivotal role in supporting the development team.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sasha Roseneil, is developing a new strategy (Sussex 2035) for the University that will set out a compelling vision to guide Sussex over the next decade. DARO will play a central role in raising philanthropic income to deliver an aspirational programme of work, and the Prospect Research Manager will play a key role in helping to deliver our fundraising strategy.

You will have significant experience in identifying and researching high net-worth individuals and prospective supporters, including individuals, corporates, and trusts and foundations. You will also have experience of developing and managing prospect pipelines and managing prospect data via the database. With some responsibility for conducting due diligence and ethical screening on prospective supporters, you will ensure donations are compatible with the University’s donations and ethical policy. Strong attention to detail and adept at extracting and communicating summary evidence to internal audiences, the successful candidate will be self-driven and motivated, and will share our vision as a university and our values as a team. In return we offer the opportunity to work for an institution that is forward thinking, within a team that is passionate about ensuring access to quality education and facilitating research that makes the world a better place.

The University of Sussex was founded in 1961 and led the way in developing interdisciplinary research and studies. Today, we’re a leading research-intensive university with over 200,000 alumni across the world. With hybrid working, a beautiful campus and a collaborative and supportive team, this is a great opportunity for an experienced researcher to join a talented, ambitious, and high performing fundraising team.

 Communications Engagement & Advancement / Development and Alumni Relations

The Communications Engagement & Advancement Division is responsible for enhancing the reputation of the University and profiling the institution’s vision and aims to a wide range of stakeholders including media, staff, students, alumni, supporters, prospective students, government, business and the public.

The Division is responsible for promoting the achievements of academics and researchers, as well as major developments and partnerships. It works with colleagues across the University to help drive Sussex’s reputation as a world-class, innovative institution, whose genuinely avant-garde approach to education is transforming society. Responsible for the recruitment of students, the Division also communicates the University’s outstanding education offer alongside the student experience in the UK and internationally.

The Development & Alumni Relations Office sits within the Division and holds responsibility for our alumni engagement programme and for raising funds to support the University of Sussex.


Development and Alumni Relations

The Development & Alumni Relations Department sits within the Communications, Engagement and Advancement Division. The department is responsible for raising philanthropic funds to support the University of Sussex; and for developing and maintaining excellent relationships with the growing international community of alumni, supporters and friends of the University. The department will soon be developing a new strategy and case for support to align with the University’s new strategic plan, under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor.

The Development and Alumni Relations team manages the relationships with all the University’s donors and actively seeks new pathways for continued support in aid of the institution’s strategic objectives. As well as engaging with an active network of more than 200,000 alumni worldwide, the department is also responsible for organizing Sussex’s corporate events and graduation ceremonies, which are flagship milestones in the University’s calendar.

The University of Sussex is committed to equality of opportunity.

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