Prospect Research Manager | UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX


Job Title: Prospect Research Manager
Location: Sussex, United Kingdom
Salary: pro rata if part time
Employment Type: Permanent
Reference Number: 3573_8922577


Job Details:

Prospect Research Manager

University of Sussex

£37,099 to £44,263 per annum, pro rata if part time

Full time or Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1FTE.


Brighton, United Kingdom

REF: 30418

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This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced philanthropy researcher to join the successful Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) at the University of Sussex. We’re looking for someone with a strong track record in identifying, evaluating, and profiling prospects, with experience of due diligence and managing prospect pipelines and data.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sasha Roseneil, is developing a new strategy (Sussex 2035) for the University that will set out a compelling vision to guide Sussex over the next decade. DARO will play a central role in raising philanthropic income to deliver an aspirational programme of work. We are looking for an experienced researcher to join the team and help deliver our fundraising strategy.

You will have significant experience in identifying and researching high net-worth individuals and prospective supporters, including individuals, corporates, and trusts and foundations. With some responsibility for conducting due diligence and ethical screening on prospective supporters, you will ensure donations are compatible with the University’s donations and ethical policy. You will have a strong attention to detail and be adept at extracting and communicating summary evidence to internal audiences. The successful candidate will be self-driven and motivated and will share our vision as a university and our values as a team. In return we offer the opportunity to work for an institution that is forward thinking, within a team that is passionate about ensuring access to quality education and facilitating research that makes the world a better place.

The University of Sussex was founded in 1961 and led the way in developing interdisciplinary research and studies. Today, we’re a leading research-intensive university with over 200,000 alumni across the world. With hybrid working, a beautiful campus and a collaborative and supportive team, this is a great opportunity for an experienced researcher to join a talented, ambitious, and high performing fundraising team.

About our Division

The CMA division is vital in contributing towards the success of Sussex. We work closely in partnership our academic schools and other learning institutions in the UK, and, Internationally to attract the very best students we can. Our ideas matter, that is why we work and advise on Institutional Growth Strategies to support the University in achieving positive outcomes. The life-long relationships with our global alumni and friends enable many of the gifts which allow Sussex’s research to flourish.

Why work here

Our University is situated just off of the A27, next to the beautiful South Downs where you will enjoy everything that our 150-acre campus has to offer. We are easily accessible by public transport; a 5-minute walk from the train station and bus stops within the campus. We have dedicated cycling paths and encourage our staff to cycle to work with our offering of a cycle to work scheme.

Sussex is a renowned, research-led International University and this is only possible because of the people that work here. Whether you are Faculty, Student, or a member of a Professional Services Team, it’s our people that make us great and we want you to be part of that.

The benefits that you will receive from day one:

  • Generous pension scheme available.
  • Purchase additional Annual Leave though our Scheme for a great home and work life balance
  • Discounts of public transport, Cycle to work Scheme, and special rates in hotels in Brighton and the Sussex region.
  • Discounts on high-street shops through our Rewards partner, along with a Cash back Health Plan.
  • Considerable discount on our on-site Gym Facilities because we care about our employees’ Health and Wellbeing.

If you are interested in this role, click here to apply now:

Closing Date: April 18 th :59 PM

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Please note: The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK.



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