Please talk to us at if you don’t quite meet all of the essential criteria but feel enthusiastic and want to know more about the role – contact details for each position are provided. We value applicants for the skills they bring beyond a job description and we look forward to learning more about you and the unique experiences you bring to our team.

Volunteer Officer

Our new Volunteer Officer will play a key role in delivering an exciting programme of volunteering activities and initiatives, which builds and strengthens mutually beneficial, lifelong relationships between alumni and supporters, students, and the wider University.  Working with departments across the university, you will develop a regular calendar of volunteering opportunities for alumni and supporters, which directly support University priorities including student recruitment, graduate employability, and student success.

You will be responsible for managing the volunteer journey, ensuring alumni and supporter volunteers feel valued and an essential part of the University community.

Your enthusiasm for volunteering and understanding of its value will help build a successful volunteering programme, which gives alumni and supporter volunteers positive experiences. You will be a team player with outstanding customer service skills, who is comfortable working with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. You will have a passion for innovation and creative thinking and enjoy the opportunity to put your mark on our volunteering communities.

You will proactively build and manage relationships with colleagues across the University, and our community of volunteers around the world. With strong organisational and administrative skills, you will be experienced in working on projects to tight deadlines and with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

For an informal chat, please contact Christopher Shank, Volunteer Manager on

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Senior Development Manager

As Senior Development Manager you will play a prominent leadership role in the Fundraising team, personally delivering Major (£25K+) – Principle (£1m+) gifts from a portfolio of individuals and organisations in support of strategic priorities.  Line management responsibilities will include our Legacy Manager and you will also manage the Gift of Sight team, whose work secures donations for the University’s vision research department.

With a proven track record of securing 6 figures+ gifts, you will be ambitious, enthusiastic and passionate about making a difference to Higher Education.  You will bring experience of developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies with a range of supporters and your strong organisational and management skills will contribute to a team wide focus on results.  You will have worked alongside senior leaders, academics and volunteers to engage with prospective and existing donors, and understand the importance of excellent stewardship.  Experience of working on legacy or in memory gifts would be an advantage.

If you’d like to have an informal chat about this role, please contact Katherine de Retuerto, Associate Director, Development by email

Interviews 30.10.23

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Senior Global Philanthropy Manager

Here at the University of Southampton, we are looking for a new Senior Global Philanthropy Manager to join our successful fundraising team.

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior fundraiser to develop new international relationships for the University, working to raise significant philanthropic income at principal (£1 million+) and higher-end major gift levels.

You will have a significant impact on the success of the University by playing an active role in planning and delivering the first university-wide fundraising campaign, recognising the significant role played by international alumni and supporters in achieving our goals. You will also work closely with colleagues across the University who are focused on delivering the International Strategic plan, to maximize engagement, cultivation and stewardship opportunities in priority regions.

You will be working as part of a broader development team which is dedicated to supporting our academic colleagues across the university in their pursuit of excellence in research and education, and in supporting the University’s purpose and vision of inspiring excellence to achieve the remarkable and build an inclusive world. ODAR is a warm, collaborative team and take a cross-office approach in our work across the Development, Alumni and Supporter Engagement, and Development Services functions.

You do not need a background in international fundraising for this position – we are looking for someone with fundraising experience who is intellectually curious, skilled at building new relationships, and is a team player. If this is you and you want to work where you can make a significant impact, both globally and locally, then we would love to hear from you.

This role is based in Southampton but requires regular international travel. The office practices a hybrid working model and the successful candidate will be expected to work from the office regularly as well as from home when not travelling.

Do please contact Katherine de Retuerto, Associate Director, Development for an informal discussion about this role – or by phone on +44 (0)7789 947749.

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter.

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