University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Senior Researcher

United Kingdom

Closing in 7 days

Senior Researcher

Salary: Grade 6 (up to £36,000 p.a. depending upon experience)

This role will be based on the university campus, with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Do you have a flair and passion for donor/funder research? Do you want to join a hard-working, motivated team which is committed to supporting the University's strategic aims and securing philanthropic funding for projects that will ultimately have a major impact on the world we live in?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 135 universities in the world. We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced philanthropy researcher, or someone with extensive experience of open source (non-academic) investigative research into individuals and/or organisations, with an enquiring mind, outstanding initiative and excellent problem-solving skills. Reporting to the Research Manager, you will support all aspects of fundraising and relationship management across our Transformational and Major Giving programmes, working primarily with fundraising colleagues to maximise philanthropic support for the University and its strategic aims. Aligning flagship fundraising projects and areas of academic research excellence with donor interests, and using a range of internal and external data sources, you will identify and research potential major and transformational philanthropic donors worldwide, providing assessments of giving capacity and affinity to the University.

Working in partnership with senior fundraisers on the management of their portfolios of transformational and major potential donors, you will proactively provide advice on strategies to engage and help develop long-term, meaningful and productive relationships. This may include sector-specific insight and research into wider philanthropic trends.

You will also play a key role in delivering our established gift acceptance programme by carrying out due diligence to help mitigate any strategic, financial, legal, ethical or reputational risk associated with the University accepting significant philanthropic donations.

(Major Gifts are those with a value of £25,000 to £999,999; Transformational Gifts are those with a value of £1 million or more. Existing and potential transformational or major donors are high net worth individuals, charitable trusts & foundations, corporations and other grant making organisations.)

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus 16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – that's 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme options plus life assurance.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • And much more!

    To apply for this position or explore the post further, please contact:

    Valued Recruitment @ https: // www. researcher/

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Professional Services School/Institute: Advancement Team Category: Administrative and Clerical Support Salary: up to £36,000 p.a. Post Type: Full Time Release Date: Tuesday 12 September 2023 Closing Date: Wednesday 04 October 2023 Reference: PSADV1051

    Job details


    Senior Researcher


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    September 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 04, 2023

    Job type



    Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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