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Donor Relations Officer

Development & Alumni Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £25,627 to £30,497 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 11 July 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1856922CD

Full-time role, with option for part-time and flexible working

At the University of Southampton, our aim is to change the world for the better, bringing together realms of academic research, creativity and knowledge to have a truly collaborative and ground-breaking impact. We care about the challenges that humanity faces, and work to support others on a global scale. 

In the Office of Development & Alumni Relations (ODAR), our job is to galvanise our community to solve these challenges and to make a difference. Would you like this to be your job too? 

About the role

The Donor Relations Officer will play a central role in ensuring we thank our supporters well and articulate the impact of philanthropy at Southampton in creative and compelling ways. This role will focus on the important data management, administration and research required to deliver the Donor Relations Programme, as well as the creative and bespoke considerations that make our supporters feel valued.  This role will ensure our donors are recognised as an essential part of the University’s community, with every gift and donor treated in a special way.  

About you

With developed organisational and planning skills, you will be experienced at managing data, expert at understanding and delivering administration and you will recognise the importance of donor care. Your excellent writing skills will complement your experience of working with others to generate positive reporting and high-quality narrative. You will bring a natural enthusiasm for the power of philanthropy, supporting others and ensuring quality outcomes for team-wide activity that furthers our relationships with our donors. 

About us

We are planning our first University-wide fundraising and engagement campaign, involving more alumni and supporters with Southampton so that we can change the world. With the full support and investment of University leadership, we are excited to be growing our team considerably.

We need people with intellectual curiosity and different ideas. We need people with direct experience or transferable skills and the interest and drive to take on a new challenge. We are actively determined to welcome a diverse group of colleagues into our inclusive team. Every day will be different, you will meet incredible people and the rewards will be huge. 

Imagine fundraising for medical technologies that could cure cancer or dementia. Or engaging a volunteer who can help a student improve their graduate prospects. Or connecting alumni around the world and reawakening important friendships. That could be you.

This could be a career-defining opportunity and we want to hear from you. See Join ODAR to learn about our team and current opportunities. For an informal chat, please contact Felicity Hills, Donor Relations Manager, on Do contact us if you feel you don’t meet all of the selection criteria and want to discuss the role further.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Lauren Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1856922CD on all correspondence. 



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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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