Job description


Development Research Officer (4288)

Development Research Officer – (Maternity cover)

Manchester Metropolitan University is a thriving modern University located in the heart of a global city. We are committed to ensuring that talented people from diverse backgrounds have access to an unrivalled education and delivering research with impact.

The Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team supports the strategic priorities of the University by raising significant donations from alumni, friends, companies and trusts and foundations and harnessing the expertise and goodwill of our stakeholder communities.

The Development Research Officer plays an instrumental role in improving our knowledge and understanding of the supporter and stakeholder communities and ensuring  donations and influence are realised to their potential.

The role

We are seeking a Development Research Officer (maternity cover), who will play a key role in developing and delivering the identification of, and research into, potential supporters, partners and influencers. This will include individuals, trusts, foundations and companies, with a view to maximising support for the University's priority fundraising projects and enabling colleagues in both alumni relations and development to reach their goals.

This post is an opportunity to make a real difference towards fundraising for transformational initiatives including the First Generation campaign, a scholarship programme which aims to break down barriers to higher education and provide scholarship support for 1,000 young people who will be the first in their family to go to university.

You will also identify potential supporters for our impactful research and senior alumni that could help support our alumni volunteering and ambassador programmes.

The ideal candidate

You will have proven experience of delivering high quality research, ideally in a similar setting in higher education or within a charity. You will have excellent written, listening and verbal communication skills and be comfortable working with a number of fundraisers closely to proactively develop their pool of donors and prospective donors.

Ideally you will have recent experience of implementing prospect research strategies, or applicable transferable skills in a similar area of gathering and cross-referencing high quality information from a wide range of sources in a timely manner and will be able to demonstrate effective use of CRM databases.

Tenacity and the ability to use your own initiative is a must in this role, whilst having the flexibility to work in a close-knit team on a number of projects at any one time.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone wishing to develop their career in higher education fundraising within a dynamic and growing team.

How to apply

Please submit your CV with a Covering Letter detailing your relevant experience in relation to the Person Specification in the Job Description.

For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the role, please contact Helen Canham at

Interviews will be held on Friday 28th January.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring. We particularly encourage applications from Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who we recognise are underrepresented in this area.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.


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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Professional Services
  • Salary:
    Grade 6 (£27,116 to £30,497)
  • Closing Date:
    23 January 2022
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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