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Fitzwilliam Museum & University of Cambridge Development & Alumni Relations: Senior Associate Director - Fitzwilliam Museum

The University of Cambridge seeks an outstanding major gifts fundraiser with the ability to develop long-term holistic partnerships with high level donors to lead the fundraising for the Fitzwilliam Museum.

The University of Cambridge is a global leader in education and research - a centre of excellence for over 800 years where people, ideas and achievements continue to transform and benefit the world. It has produced more Nobel Prize winners than any other university.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the lead partner of the spectacular collections of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and Botanic Garden. From antiquity to the present day, the Fitzwilliam houses a world-renowned collection of over half a million beautiful works of art, masterpiece paintings and historical artefacts.

The Museum aims to be one of the leading University Museums in the world. Known internationally for: exemplary collections and exhibitions; exceptional research; high standards of curatorial and conservation work; and a creative, inclusive and impactful learning and engagement programme. The museum is entering an exciting period of development with a new Director and a strategy being developed for its long term vision. Central to that vision is the building of a sustainable programme of major gift philanthropy to support the Museum's top priorities.

This senior fundraising role will be responsible for the design, support and delivery of the fundraising programme for philanthropic giving to the Fitzwilliam Museum. This includes, major gifts, gifts from individuals, legacies, trusts and foundations and gifts in kind of works of art.

We are looking for a candidate with a proven track record in major gift fundraising from individuals, corporates and/or trusts and foundations. Experience of raising funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund would also be beneficial. A strategic thinker, you will be capable of building strong relationships with high value potential partners and senior academic stakeholders. You should have outstanding communication and negotiation skills, and have the gravitas to be credible across a variety of audiences. An entrepreneurial and collaborative approach will be critical as will be a passion for the arts and the potential for collaborative research between museums and academic researchers. A background in arts and/or heritage fundraising would be highly desirable but we are interested in hearing from other candidates with a demonstrable track record of success in other sectors.

This is a unique chance to join one of the leading universities of the world and to work for one of the UK's most beloved museums.

This role is based in central Cambridge, however the successful candidate may need to work remotely in the first instance. This can be discussed at interview.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button on the University of Cambridge Jobs website to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please apply by submitting a copy of your CV and a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position.

Closing date for this position is Tuesday 29th September.

First round interview for this position will take place week commencing 5th October.

Second round interviews for this position will take place week commencing 12th October.

If you have any queries about the role please email [email protected]

Please quote reference DH23819 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University of Cambridge actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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