Deputy Director of Supporter Relations (Head of Alumni and Supporter Relations)

The University seeks an outstanding individual for the senior position of Deputy Director of Supporter Relations (Head of Alumni & Supporter Relations). The successful candidate will join a thriving advancement team, led by TJ Rawlinson, who joined from the University of Bristol two years ago.

The Deputy Director of Supporter Relations will play a pivotal role in the transformation and success of a growing development function, aiming to embed and strengthen alumni and friends’ strategic support for the University, commensurate with a UK-based global top 100 institution.

The University has embarked on an exciting step change in its advancement programme, and has placed development and alumni relations at the heart of its vision, ambition and operations. The University’s leadership is committed to ensuring that Cardiff’s global pre-eminence is matched by its philanthropic support and reach.

We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold vision, located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Already one of the world’s top 150 universities in most league tables, our aim is to secure a place in the global top 100. Our research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the last Research Excellence Framework for quality, and 2nd for impact.

As a member of the UK’s “Ivy League” of Russell Group research-intensive universities, our global community, research reputation and partnerships are at the centre of our identity. Amongst UK universities, our graduates are among the most sought-after by employers.


Innovative and entrepreneurial, the Deputy Director of Supporter Relations will be responsible for the development and implementation of a supporter relations strategy for the University. The post holder will build long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with key external and internal stakeholders. They will grow, lead and motivate a highly talented supporter relations team with passion and flair.

Operating at the most senior level, candidates must be able to work across the University and with senior leadership to ensure that relevant and measurable strategic targets are set, met and exceeded. Reporting to the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, you will be responsible for ensuring the University is globally outstanding in its alumni and supporter relations activities. This is about ambition – for the University, its work and its students.


The University seeks an exceptional talent for this critical leadership role.

Candidates will have:

  • a successful track record of high-level stakeholder relations success
  • outstanding team leadership skills across diverse areas including communications, broad-based fundraising, stewardship and events
  • substantial experience of creating and implementing stakeholder relations strategy in a complex institution
  • a commitment to the mission of the University.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Informal interviews will be held 14-22 November 2017. Formal interviews will be held in Cardiff on Friday 1 December 2017.


Salary will be on the University's senior salary scale (£64,310 - £79,962), commensurate with the experience and achievements of the successful applicant.

How to apply

For further information about the role and to download the job description, please visit the Execucare website.

Please apply by submitting a copy of your CV and a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position by email to

For an informal conversation prior to applying to this role, please contact the University’s executive search consultants: Joanna Logan on 020 3589 0467, or Nicola Reames on 020 3621 1540.

Date advert posted: Thursday 28 September 2017.