Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Ref: 4603


Lausanne, Switzerland

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Role Managed by:

Alice Hayler

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6233


Primary Practice Group: Philanthropy, Engagement and Advocacy

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 19/04/2020

Formal Interview Date: tbc

Founded by business executives for business executives, IMD is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach. We are expert in developing leaders who transform organizations to create ongoing impact. Based in Lausanne with a campus in Singapore, IMD is home to an international community of over 340 world-class faculty and staff. Our pedagogy of Real Learning, Real Impact is delivered through a unique combination of teaching, research, coaching and organisational development activities. We are the only Swiss business school and one of less than a hundred globally to hold the “triple crown” accreditation of AACSB, EFMD EQUIS and AMBA. We also hold an EcoVadis silver rating for our work in sustainability.

Ranked in the top three in The Financial Times executive education rankings for the past eight years and ranked first for our open programmes, IMD educates over 9000 executives from 190 global organisations annually. We deliver our flagship MBA and EMBA programmes alongside multiple customised courses, one-to-one coaching; and online programmes. Our alumni community comprises over 100,000 people in 50 countries.

IMD is now seeking a new Director of Development and Alumni Relations to implement a step change in our fundraising and supporter engagement and to drive our team forward. Reporting to the President and working closely with the governing and advisory boards, the Director of Development and Alumni Relations will have responsibility for all alumni engagement, corporate sponsorship and partnerships, events and individual fundraising. Leading a small but dedicated team, the Director of Development and Alumni Relations will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership of IMD’s development and alumni activities and will be expected to deliver on a strategy to significantly enhance engagement with supporters, donors and partners and to increase philanthropic income.

Candidates will be passionate about IMD’s mission and will bring a successful track record of building effective, long-term, high-value philanthropic relationships together with evident major gift fundraising and leadership experience. Candidates will have experience of developing and implementing an integrated and diverse fundraising strategy, including the setting of strategic objectives and targets and will bring proven experience of creative fundraising from a variety of sources and demonstrable fundraising experience within Europe. English is the business language of IMD and candidates must be fluent; French fluency is desirable but not essential.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver who will support IMD in identifying the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assist in their assessment against the requirements for the role.

The closing date for applications is noon GMT on Sunday 19th April 2020. For informal inquiries please contact Alice Hayler using the contact details below:

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