Senior Advancement & Engagement Lead, Rhodes Trust


Senior Advancement & Engagement Lead, Rhodes Trust

Up to £70,000 per annum + Competitive Aviva pension scheme + Private Health Insurance + 30 days’ annual leave plus public holidays

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The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act. It builds a better world through global fellowship programmes that develop and connect compassionate, innovative, and public-spirited people committed to solving humanity’s challenges.

Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards providing transformative educational opportunities. Established in 1903, they are the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarships in the world. Over 8,000 Rhodes Scholars have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, education, the arts, NGOs, commerce, research and other sectors. Rhodes Scholars are well-known advocates for expanded social justice and have advanced and continue to advance the frontiers of science and medicine all over the world.

The Senior Advancement & Engagement Lead reports to the Director of Advancement & Engagement, International, and plays a key role in the management of the mid- to high-level fundraising prospect pipeline, with the aim of proactively developing and implementing effective fundraising strategies to secure major gifts.

The postholder will manage a mixed portfolio of 80-100 major gifts prospects, primarily based in the United Kingdom. These will include several groups: alumni and non-alumni, other organisations, corporates and trusts and foundations. This position will play a key part in enabling the delivery of the Trust’s 125th Anniversary strategic goals.

The successful candidate will be a proactive, results-oriented and self-motivated individual with a strong drive towards getting out in the field, developing purposeful and effective relationships with prospective benefactors and connectors. You will also be a confident communicator with well-developed interpersonal skills and a track record of identifying, cultivating and soliciting 5-7 figure donations. Above all, you will share a passion for the mission, ethos and values of Rhodes Trust.


Rhodes Trust 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 Director of Advancement & Engagement – International, by email to . Applications are accepted up to noon on the 8th January 2024.

First interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 25th January 2024 & Wednesday 26th January 2024.

Second interviews will be held on Thursday 1st February 2024.

Rhodes trust is an equal opportunity employer. We warmly welcome applications from talented people of diverse backgrounds and appoint without regard to age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, parental status, marital or civil partner status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief.