Director of Principal Gifts, Clare College, Cambridge


Director of Principal Gifts

Attractive salary commensurate with experience



Thank you for your interest in joining Clare in this key role at a pivotal time in the College’s history as we look forward to our 700th anniversary in 2026.

Clare has a reputation as a friendly, progressive and inclusive community. Our alumni are engaged and supportive, and we have a strong record of attracting philanthropic support for the College’s core priorities.

Over the past few years, the College has embarked on its most ambitious fundraising campaign yet, to raise £25 million in new philanthropic donations to renew, restore and transform Old Court, the heart of the College and one of the most beautiful buildings in England. The Campaign for Old Court is co-chaired by the Master and Dr Alan Gillespie, with Sir David Attenborough and Dr John Rutter as honorary patrons. To date, the Campaign has raised £22 million; the Director, Principal Gifts will be instrumental in helping us reach our target.

Once the Campaign for Old Court is complete, we will turn our attention to raising funds for Clare’s core purposes: teaching, student support, access and outreach, our environment and our community. These objectives will be reflected in a refreshed strategic vision for our eighth century, with the accompanying campaign formally launched in our 700th anniversary year.

Helping to plan, implement and deliver these next steps will be a key opportunity for the new Director of Principal Gifts, working alongside the Fellow for Development and other senior members of College. The post of Director of Principal Gifts is a crucial role within Clare. This is an exciting opportunity with immense potential for the right candidate, and we welcome your application.


Clare College have engaged the services of Minerva Search. We warmly encourage exploratory conversations, to set up a call please email Nicky Reames at

Please send a CV and Cover Letter, addressed to Toby Wilkinson, by email to

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 1st December.

Clare College are committed to employing a workforce that reflects the diverse community of Clare, regardless of age, disability, gender and transgender status, race and ethnicity, religion, marriage or civil partnership status or sexual orientation.