graduate scheme

Educational Fundraising Graduate Training Programme

Job description

If you are you seeking a stimulating and varied career where you can make a difference this may be the graduate training programme you are looking for.

CASE partners with a number of world class universities and not for profit organisations participating in the programme. You will have the opportunity to launch your career by working in one of these organisations and being immersed in the world of fundraising. Philanthropy helps researchers find cures for major diseases; scientists develop solutions to poverty, inequality and environmental issues; and provides access to a university education to transform lives. As a fundraiser you will be working with academics, university staff and donors to achieve these things, and more.

CASE Europe is looking for highly motivated graduates to participate in this successful scheme to develop the educational fundraisers of the future. Candidates will be fully immersed in the world of fundraising, project management and donor support within one of our partner organisations. You will be placed at institutions such as: University of the Arts London, University of Bristol, University College London, Cardiff University, Imperial College London, King’s College London, London School of Economics.

Graduate trainees will work within each area of a fundraising office - gaining experience and developing skills in donor relations, prospect management, annual and regular giving, fundraising campaigns, major gifts, events and partnerships.

The breadth of the experience provides graduates with a fully rounded view of fundraising and the role it plays in supporting the institutions. For those looking for a career in fundraising, the Graduate Trainee Scheme is a great opportunity.

This is a fixed term contract. You will be employed by a host institution and partake in a hands-on training programme which will give you the opportunity to experience the full range of functions. You will learn the skills and knowledge to cultivate and manage philanthropic relationships as well as implement strategies to secure support. You will also work with external organisations, potential donors and develop an understanding of your organisation’s strategic goals and priorities.

You will be applying to the programme as whole and we strongly recommend that you are flexible about the location that you work in, however you will have the opportunity to state a preference. The programme starts on 31 August 2020 with a week-long induction event in Manchester at the CASE International Conference attended by educational fundraisers from all over the world.

Working on site at one of our partner university/organisations campuses, you will have support from both the host institution and CASE Europe who are managing the scheme and provide formal training throughout the scheme.

CASE is committed to growing the diversity of the advancement profession. We aspire to help institutions connect with their diverse constituencies and create pathways for current and future employees of diverse backgrounds.

At CASE, we define diversity as being inclusive of people of different ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and ability levels.

What we are looking for

You will be about to graduate or a recent graduate who is confident, creative, has highly effective communication and listening abilities and possesses excellent organisational skills. You can demonstrate a keen interest in developing a professional career in fundraising. You are able to adapt to a variety of situations, have the perseverance to pursue goals and work collaboratively in a team. You must also be flexible to respond to the needs of a dynamic work environment and have excellent IT skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel in order to effectively progress through this scheme. Previous experience of fundraising activities is desirable but not essential.

  • Are you a recent graduate or about to graduate?
  • Do you have a demonstrable interest in fundraising, campaigning or event management?
  • Are you passionate about education?
  • Are you looking for a meaningful career where you can make a difference?
  • Do you believe in the power of education to change lives for the better?
  • Are you good at working with people and building relationships?

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

East Midlands
South West England
West Midlands
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

For more details and to apply for this opportunity please visit the website via the apply button.

Applications close at 18:00 on the closing date.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day in London w/c 17 February 2020.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 13 January 2020

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Closing date:  13 January 2020

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