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Development Manager (Corporates and Major Gifts)

Alumni Relations & Development

Location:  Aston University John Cadbury House
Salary:  £37,099 to £44,263 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Permanent
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 01 March 2024
Interview Date:  Thursday 21 March 2024
Reference:  0061-24
Release Date:  Monday 12 February 2024

Are you passionate about building meaningful relationships and securing vital funding for transformative projects? We're seeking an experienced Development Manager to drive our fundraising efforts, engaging major donors and corporate supporters to secure funding for the University’s priority projects and initiatives in line with Aston University’s 2030 strategy.

Working within a compact close-knit team means that each team member plays a pivotal role in shaping Aston University's future. This will not only allow for your personal and professional growth but also offers you a unique opportunity to make a substantial impact as your fundraising efforts will directly contribute to Aston's growth. We are ambitious for Aston, our team and for you and we will give you all the support you need to be successful.

This exciting position provides a unique opportunity to work on varied and exciting projects from student scholarships to globally important innovations in health. Working with colleagues from across the University’s three Colleges, you will build corporate and major donor relationships that matter and have real impact on students and world-leading research. This includes working with exciting new potential supporters as well as some of our most enthusiastic current donors.

We are looking for an individual with experience of working in fundraising, either in a university or the charity sector and awareness of major donor and corporate fundraising.  If you have excellent communication skills, are self-motivated, resourceful and have strong relationship development skills, we encourage you to apply. Join us in shaping the future of Aston University and beyond.

What we offer

  • Aston University is a dynamic and vibrant campus located within Birmingham city centre, which has excellent transport links via bus or train.
  • The role is offered as 'dynamic working', which means working both on campus and from home. This will dependent on the activity. Further information on dynamic working can be found here.
  • Excellent training and development opportunities. 
  • A generous annual leave scheme with 30 days bookable leave and a further 13 days bank holiday and University Closure days.
  • Everyday discounts to a number of activities and retailers
  • Great family friendly policies
  • On site gym and pool with discounted staff membership available
  • Further information on our Benefits and Rewards can be found here 

Evening and weekend working may be required for this role. 

Further details:    Job Details     University Information    
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Anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of Aston University’s commitment to equality and diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Personal details that are included on application forms, including the candidate’s name and address will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel. CVs will not be considered as part of the shortlisting process.

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

We recognise the value of flexible working.  Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss what flexible working options are available for particular roles.

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