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Development Manager


Background to the role:

The National College of Ireland (NCI) is a not-for-profit third-level College with a mission to change lives through education. From its campus in Dublin's International Financial Services Centre, the College delivers leading edge programmes to 4,500 students in Business, Management, Accounting & Finance, Computing, Psychology and Education and it remains the leading provider of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in Human Resource Management in Ireland.

Due to the continuing growth and expansion, additional campus space is required and the College has commenced planning to develop a new campus facility.

In line with its mission, the Early Learning Initiative (ELI) was established to address educational underachievement in marginalised communities. ELI works with communities in areas of greatest need to provide world-class parent and child learning support programmes. Fundraising is key to supporting these programmes and extending their reach to other parents and children who are not currently benefiting from the services ELI has to offer. Further information on the ELI can be found on: www.ncirl.ie/ELI  

An opportunity now exists to join NCI to lead the College’s fundraising activities that support ELI’s work with children and young people and will make possible a new campus facility in the IFSC.

For further information please see job description below.

To apply, please e-mail your Cover Letter and CV, quoting the reference number NCI 0693 to recruitment@ncirl.ie  


Development Manager 

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Reporting to:

President for New Campus Development
Director of ELI for ELI 

Purpose of Position:

Lead and coordinate the fundraising activities of the National College of Ireland to meet the funding objectives for the new campus development and the Early Learning Initiative.

Key Relationships:

  • President
  • Campus Development Project
  • Director of ELI
  • ELI Development Committee
  • Prospects and donors
  • Marketing Department, Finance Department and other NCI Departments 

    Key Responsibilities:
  • Design, lead and implement a philanthropic fundraising strategy that will achieve NCI’s and ELI’s fundraising objectives
  • Ongoing monitoring of the fundraising strategy to drive activity
  • Ensure relationships with existing supporters and donors are strengthened
  • Identify and build relationships with prospective supporters and donors
  • Research and apply for relevant grants, including EU funding
  • Provide fundraising briefings/proposals to prospects/donors/sponsors
  • Support the President, ELI Director, the Campus Development Project and the ELI Development Committee in securing donor commitment
  • Ensure all NCI’s fundraising activities comply with legislation governing charity activity
  • Developing fundraising materials, e.g. presentations, brochures, etc.
  • Schedule prospect/donor meetings and events
  • Develop and manage NCI/ELI’s contacts database
  • Create donor communications, including relevant reports and updates, and ensure donor stewardship
  • Administer the pledge/gift process
  • Report to and advise the President, ELI Director, Campus Development Project and the ELI Development Committee on all fundraising activities and the philanthropic fundraising strategy
  • Ensure all duties within the function are performed in a professional, efficient manner

    Key Attributes:
  • Recognised third level qualification
  • Sufficient breadth or depth of practical non-profit fundraising/development experience, preferably with significant foundation and high level donor cultivation experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of Irish charity fundraising sector
  • Skills and experience in identifying, cultivating and manging prospects and donors
  • Ability to communicate and interact with a range of stake holders, including senior level external parties
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate effective and relevant fundraising strategies
  • Ability to operate as a team player in a cross disciplinary, integrated team, sharing roles and responsibilities
  • An energetic, confident and pro-active individual with excellent written, verbal and inter-personal communication skills with the ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Excellent IT skills with high proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, CRM systems and databases, social media and other relevant promotional and fundraising packages
  • High level of productivity and self-direction with a planned and systematic approach to the organisation of work
  • Results oriented with the ability to produce results under tight deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Other experience in Marketing/ PR/ Sales/ Event Management would be an advantage 

    Salary: Commensurate with experience
    Contract Type: Full-time position on a one year fixed term contract 

    The successful candidate will be subject to Garda Vetting and must not hold any convictions under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

    Application Process: To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV, quoting reference number: NCI0693 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm on Wednesday, 9th November 2016.

    Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to the Development Manager are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the NCI. 

    National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer. 

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