Director of Development

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Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Oxford, UK

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Role Managed by:

Dr Becca Franssen


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Primary Practice Group: Philanthropy, Engagement and Advocacy

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 08/06/2020

Formal Interview Date: TBC

The Blavatnik School of Government's mission is to inspire and support better government and public policy around the world. The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted how important the actions of governments are to the lives of citizens. How governments use evidence to inform decisions, how they communicate these to the public, how the state is organised to implement policy and the extent to which public institutions and public servants act with integrity are all critical. These questions are at the heart of our work.

We are looking for a Director of Development to build upon strong foundations. Following a £75m founding gift, the School has raised a further £20m since 2010, with a series of further major gift proposals under detailed discussion with donors. This is an exciting time to join the school. Having thrived in our first period of growth, we are now embarking on an ambitious 10-year plan to catalyse even greater change. We do this in the rapidly changing context of the Covid-19 crisis, which is presenting many opportunities for the School as our researchers, alumni, partners and supporters rise to the challenge. The Director of Development will be pivotal to this next phase.


We are one of the University's newest and most vibrant departments. We seek to educate a new kind of public leadership. We combine the academic rigour of the top-ranked university in the world with an applied, real-world focus. Our research is proudly independent, academically rigorous and directly informed by the challenges faced by governments. The work of the School is possible thanks to the support of a range of donors and funders, including our founding donor, Sir Leonard Blavatnik. We are proud that up to 85% of students receive financial assistance.

This leadership role will help grow the development function and further embed philanthropy into the wider school community. Working closely with the Dean, Professor Ngaire Woods, senior academic leaders, the International Advisory Board and other stakeholders, the Director of Development will provide strategic direction and leadership of the School's development and donor engagement activities.

You may be an experienced fundraiser looking for a new challenge that aligns with your desire to make a purposeful difference to the world. Or you may come to this opportunity from another sector, bringing skills in building transformative partnerships based on common purpose. What will make you stand out is your understanding of both how targeted, impactful funding can transform opportunities and how to engage and excite others behind a shared vision.

You will be passionate about the School's mission, its current and potential impact, and will be able to articulate this in compelling ways that excite potential donors. You will bring a successful track record of creating and sustaining effective, long-term, high-value relationships together with leadership skills and credibility with the school's academic and donor communities. You will hold an undergraduate degree. Your interactions with others will be characterised by energy, creativity, curiosity and self-assurance. The School is open to candidates who bring transferable or equivalent skills and experience.

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

For details of the appointment, including further information about the job description, person specification and how to apply, please visit

For informal inquiries please contact Becca Franssen using the contact details below: or +44 20 7340 6298.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 8 June 2020.

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