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Hughes Hall is a progressive and innovative College of the University of Cambridge, with a proud tradition of egalitarianism and excellence. It has a distinctive identity, reflecting its history and long-standing mission to bridge the academic and external worlds, applying academic study to achieve substantive practical benefits. There is a special focus on five subjects with particular application to real-world problems – Law, Business and Economics, Medicine and Life Sciences, Education, and Engineering and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Hughes Hall is one of only four colleges dedicated to mature undergraduates and postgraduates. It is internationally very diverse, with around 650 students from over 75 countries and the second largest cohort of graduate students. It has a strong sporting tradition, with five members of this year’s Boat Race crew coming from Hughes Hall.
The College now seeks to appoint a new Development Director following the untimely death of Richard Berg Rust earlier this year. Managing a high-potential Development function of four staff, the Development Director will have overall responsibility for leading, professionalising and improving the College’s fundraising operations. Key priorities will be to increase the number and size of major gifts, while developing a successful and sustainable regular giving program. The appointee will also be responsible for increasing activity in communications and alumni relations, and promoting the use of social media. Along with the President, Senior Tutor and Bursar, the appointee will be one of four senior officers charged with running the College, and will report directly to Council.
The successful candidate need not be a professional fundraiser, but must be able to demonstrate the potential to raise funds successfully on behalf of the College. The appointee will be a highly successful individual with superb relationship-building, interpersonal and communication skills. He/she must be excited by the future vision of the College and be able to enthuse and inspire others to contribute to its development. He/she will be creative and able to work with the Fellowship and donors to identify potential programmes that would gain support. He/she must also be able to develop and motivate a very capable team, and enjoy connecting people and building a sense of community. As a College officer, the successful candidate must be able to engage in wider thinking around the future of Hughes Hall and its strategic direction.
The salary for this role is competitive, with College benefits including a Fellowship and generous dining rights.