CASE Europe
graduate scheme

Educational Fundraising Graduate Training Scheme – University College London

Job description

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

University College London is one of several 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.

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?

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 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.


You will be about to graduate or a recent graduate.

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 on 20 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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