External Engagement & Philanthropy Manager

Job Title: External Engagement & Philanthropy Manager
Client: The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School
Location: Old College, Edinburgh with flexible working
Job Type: Fixed Term for 3 years – with possibility for extension/conversion to open-ended
Salary: Grade: UE07 (£35,333 - £42,155), depending on experience, supplemented by an attractive benefits package
Closing Date: 5th September 2022
Reference: ELS001
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The University of Edinburgh is a public research university. Granted a royal charter by King James VI in 1582 and officially opened in 1583, it is one of Scotland’s four ancient universities and the sixth-oldest university in continuous operation in the English-speaking world. The University played a significant role in Edinburgh becoming a major intellectual centre during the Scottish Enlightenment and contributing to the city being nicknamed the ‘Athens of the North.’

Part of the University, Edinburgh Law School was established in 1707 and has been at the heart of legal education for more than three hundred years. It is rooted in the open, civic-minded, and interdisciplinary traditions of Scots law, UK-wide law, EU law and international law. It undertakes research in a diverse range of areas, comprising a broad spectrum of law, socio-legal studies, criminology, and methodological approaches. Research expertise informs its extensive programmes of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning, meaning students learn in a high-quality, research-led environment on programmes designed to encourage them to explore fundamental issues and new perspectives. The School prides itself on the excellence of its teaching, with the world’s leading experts in their field taking lectures, seminars, and tutorials.

Edinburgh Law School is consistently positioned in the top tiers of global Law School ranking tables and is currently ranked 11th in the world for Law in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022. It currently has a student cohort of 2,000 from undergraduate to PhD and a community of over 16,000 alumni from more than 140 countries. Programmes include a 4-year undergraduate Honours LLB and a 2-year graduate LLB (the latter of which recruits students from around the world who have already completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline), both of which provide the subjects necessary to qualify as a solicitor in Scotland.

The School also offers online LLMs in Information Technology Law; Innovation, Technology and the Law; Intellectual Property Law; International Commercial Law and Practice; Law; Medical Law and Ethics, in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Law and the Diploma in Legal Practice, which is necessary to qualify as a Scottish solicitor. Its vibrant postgraduate research community contains scholars from around the globe researching a wealth of topics at PhD and masters by research levels.

Students go on to be leaders in their fields, as lawyers, accountants, working in finance and industry, in management and public affairs consultancies, politics and government service, or a myriad of supra-national bodies.

THis is an ideal opportunity for an enthusiastic high-performing development professional who has proven experience developing innovative and impactful donor strategies.

Part of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School was established in 1707 and has been at the heart of legal education for more than three hundred years.

The Opportunity: External Engagement & Philanthropy Manager

You will play a significant role in raising significant philanthropic income and engaging alumni and external stakeholders to help advance Edinburgh Law School’s strategic priorities. Through building strong relationships with alumni, legal professionals, and other professionals and organisations, this post is crucial in implementing and enhancing the major donor pipeline and seeking new opportunities for support, as well as engaging the School’s stakeholders and alumni in the life of the School.

This post will suit a confident, engaging, and enthusiastic fundraiser motivated by the impact of philanthropy. You will have demonstrable experience of working with donors to secure large gifts and you will recognise the personal and creative approach required to be successful. Confidence, sound judgment and excellent inter-personal communication; and the ability to work collaboratively and individually are all essential for this role.

The School of Law strives to be a diverse and inclusive community. We particularly welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been traditionally under-represented in the field.

Your skills and attributes for success, you will have:

  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills appropriate to working with senior decision makers.
  • Demonstrable success in managing high-net worth individuals.
  • Evidence of securing large gifts through your own endeavours
  • Good understanding of corporate marketing, public relations strategies, and their interface with corporate giving/sponsorship
  • Excellent strategic thinking and planning skills
  • The ability to work successfully and at ease with colleagues and donors from a wide range of international backgrounds and cultures

Background to the post:

One of the Law School’s key strategic aims is to enhance the student experience and diversify our income streams by rolling out and developing our ambitious advancement and external relations strategy.

Following the conclusion of the Law School Capital Campaign in 2019, the school aims to establish a sustainable strategy to maximise the Law School’s external footprint and engagement with external stakeholders. The primary aspect of this strategy is to secure long-term support in the form of philanthropic donations, sponsorship, CPD and volunteering from alumni & friends within the legal and wider professions to enhance opportunities for students and advance our key strategic aims. The School Advancement Committee oversees the overall effort to implement this aim, provides expertise and support, and ensures that the school community (students, staff, alumni, and friends) is represented and engaged within the programme of work.

Considerable headway has been made this academic year in terms of developing the core case for support, however success is entirely contingent on having the right resource in place to grow and steward relationships with alumni, stakeholders, and friends. This post is expected to be self-funding within 3 years.

It is expected that the post holder will have a dotted line to the University’s Development & Alumni team (D&A) and will spend up to one day a week working closely with colleagues in D&A to represent the School’s interests in wider D&A activity. The post-holder will also have access to D&A fundraising training, management, and team infrastructure such as research and prospect management support, ethical fundraising and due-diligence processes, UK and US trusts, and donor relations support team.

Increased diversity and inclusion is a core driver of School life. The School is already committed to a number of activities, including initiatives for BAME professionals, Scholarships and bursaries, and debt forgiveness and repayment. It wishes to scale up its activity, and realise its ambitious commitment, with the help of its partner organisations. These will help ensure that the law remains truly open to the best students from a variety of backgrounds, including a specific focus on encouraging under-represented groups.