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Job title:                   Development Assistant                                                             

Details:

  • Two year fixed-term contract
  • Full-time (37.5 hours/week)
  • Based in Rhodes House, Oxford
  • A competitive starting salary will be negotiated, expected to be in the range of £19,000 to £22,000 per annum, depending on experience

 

THE POSITION
The Development Assistant is a key role within a small team at Rhodes House; particularly focused on providing administrative support to the Development team and being responsible for tasks within gift registry and stewardship areas.  The role will also include assisting team members based in the US and Canada.  

TO APPLY
Please send your curriculum vitae (not longer than 3 pages) plus covering letter (no longer than 2 pages) and the contact details of at least two referees (these will not be contacted without applicant’s permission), to hr.manager@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 29th August.

Full particulars, including skills sought and what the role involves can be read here (downloads document) or below.

BACKGROUND

The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students for graduate study.  Scholars are selected on the basis of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.  We expect that the experience in Oxford will provide a transformative opportunity for Scholars academically and in terms of fostering international understanding and character and leadership development.  The Rhodes Trust is based at Rhodes House in Oxford.  

As an employer, the Rhodes Trust seeks to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for employees who are dedicated to the Rhodes Scholars - past, present, and future - and to the enduring spirit of the Rhodes Scholarships.  

THE POSITION

The Development Assistant is a key role within a small team at Rhodes House; particularly focused on providing administrative support to the Development team and being responsible for tasks within gift registry and stewardship areas.  The role will also include assisting team members based in the US and Canada.  

DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

The duties of the Development Assistant role are broad and varied, and include:

  • Data administration tasks arising including extensive use of the ThankQ database to retrieve, record, create and update records, and to pull core data reports.
  • Providing administrative support for team members and volunteers around the world and in Oxford in their fundraising work.
  • Donation processing and gift entry process on the database.
  • Preparing stewardship materials to donors.
  • Compiling handouts, correspondence, presentations, and reports.
  • Monitoring the Development office email inbox, scheduling meetings / travel arrangements, organise meeting materials and transcribe action items and minutes when necessary.
  • Occasional assistance for events – which may involve working on site at evenings or weekends.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with experience in, or wishing to develop a career in, fundraising within the Higher Education sector.  The Rhodes Trust wishes to invest in its employees and expects to offer training in areas which will enhance the postholder’s skills for the role.  For the right person there is the opportunity to develop the role and take on further responsibilities.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

The ideal candidate will have the following skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Team player with a positive approach to new challenges, quick to learn, and willingness to find / adopt new approaches to complete tasks in the interests of efficiency or as a result of changing requirements.
  • Relevant and proven administrative experience in the higher education sector or similar.
  • Proactive, focused and organised, with good attention to detail.
  • Experience of data entry, data manipulation and record maintenance.
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, including proven experience with Microsoft packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Literacy in webpage editing and social media tools.

START DATE

We are looking for this new position to start as soon as possible.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

This is a fixed term role for 2 years, with the hope that the Development Assistant would then progress within the organisation.  Note that applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.  

The role holder will be eligible for participation in the USS pension scheme, and after satisfactory probation period of 3 months, be eligible for membership of our private health insurance scheme and offers 25 days’ leave plus public holidays each year.

TO APPLY

Please send your curriculum vitae (not longer than 3 pages) plus covering letter (no longer than 2 pages) and the contact details of at least two referees (these will not be contacted without applicant’s permission), to hr.manager@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 29th August.

Interim queries about the vacancy can be directed to Babette Tegldal: babette.tegldal@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk

Please visit our website www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk to learn more about the Rhodes Trust.