About a career in philanthropy

What is Philanthropic Relationship Management?

More and more successful people throughout the world want to leave a legacy and do something that will make a difference. Philanthropic Relationship Management is a growing profession which builds meaningful partnerships to make this happen. At Oxford philanthropy sits at the heart of the University’s strategy. It provides transformational support for amazing projects in areas as diverse as finding effective treatments for cancer or malaria, preserving special collections in the Bodleian Library, and providing access to Oxford for some of our most disadvantaged young people.

As a relationship manager your job is to match meaningful projects with the interests and motivations of individuals, organisations and trusts and foundations. You will work at the very highest level with some of the world’s most successful and influential people from all walks of life. You will use your relationship building skills to forge powerful partnerships which make an impact on us all. It is exciting, challenging and rewarding and you will be joining one of Europe’s most successful and dynamic teams.

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We promise you that a career in philanthropy at Oxford will give you:

  • a meaningful career where you can make a difference and see the positive impact of your work;
  • a stimulating working environment where no two days are the same and you have the opportunity to learn new things;
  • a career path in a growing profession where your skills are in demand and you can progress quickly;
  • the opportunity to work internationally with a wide variety of interesting people from all backgrounds and cultures;
  • the chance to be creative and work independently to build relationships that make amazing things possible;
  • an environment where everyone shares the same goals and is passionate and highly motivated to make a difference. A work/life balance, great holidays, a generous pension.

What experience do I need to have?

  • experience of relationship management in a complex environment;
  • a background of manging multiple stakeholders in a sensitive and diplomatic manner;
  • experience of communicating information to diverse audiences;
  • a background of managing multiple projects in a systematic way;
  • excellent level of education to degree level or equivalent.

You will be:

  • interested in people and the world around you
  • self aware and self confident
  • creative and driven to seek out opportunities and make things happen
  • a great listener
  • resilient and resourceful
  • quickly able to grasp what’s important
  • a supportive colleague

Above all you will be...

Passionate about the power of education as a force for good

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We recognise that any career change is a big step. Please do not hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1865 611580 or email Christine Jeffery at christine.jeffery@devoff.ox.ac.uk if you would like to talk to us about these roles and a career in philanthropy in general.