TU Dublin Foundation: Senior Development Manager

Role Overview

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Senior Development Manager is responsible for fundraising activities, focused on the current €30 million Transforming Tomorrow Capital Campaign. He/she will be responsible for a portfolio of donors and prospects, major gifts, gift planning, annual giving, communications and donor relations at all stages from cultivation to stewardship for top prospects and donors. Together with the Executive Director, the Senior Leadership Manager will also engage with the TU Dublin Foundation Board and engage with external campaign leadership, including the President’s Campaign Cabinet. The Senior Development Manager works directly with academic leadership of TU Dublin to secure financial support for the strategic priorities of the University.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Strategic planning in conjunction with the Executive Director, Senior Academic Leadership Team and the Board of Directors to develop and implement priority projects as part of TUDublin’s €30 million Transforming Tomorrow Capital Campaign
  • Identify, cultivate, and secure donations from individuals, corporations and foundations in support of TU Dublin and campaign priorities
  • Meet annual fundraising targets, with a specific focus on reaching the Phase II goal of securing €10 million in philanthropic support for TU Dublin by 2023
  • Engage with external campaign leadership, including members of the President’s Campaign Cabinet and leadership donors supporting the Transforming Tomorrow Campaign
  • Develop and prepare marketing and communication materials, proposals, and other materials
  • Update social media platforms and the Foundation’s website
  • Plan and host campus visits and virtual events for donors or potential donors or their representatives
  • Utilise CRM database (Raiser’s Edge) to coordinate with other Foundation colleagues, record contact activities, update donor information, record strategic moves management steps and gift documentation as appropriate
  • Build working relationships with internal constituents to enhance information exchange across TU Dublin
  • Oversee financial records management, budgetary planning and monitoring and co-ordination of the Foundation’s annual audit
  • Other duties as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the appropriate mix of knowledge, experience, skills, talent and abilities as outlined below:


  • Hold a third level qualification in a relevant discipline and/or professional qualification and minimum of five years senior management experience (Essential)
  • Experience of working in higher education is advantageous
  • Experience in the private sector with proven engagement is welcome
  • Experience in the broader charitable sector and/or business development is welcome


  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint with good keyboard skills
  • General understanding of the structure of TU Dublin and Higher Education in general
  • Experience in the use of databases and/or Customer Relationship Management (CRM)systems, such as Raiser’s Edge (Desirable)


  • Demonstrate a minimum of five to ten years’ experience and success in fundraising and/or business development (Essential)
  • Evidence of strong customer service and of interacting with diverse stakeholders, e.g. Academic staff, individual and corporate donors, alumni, students, etc. (Essential)
  • Experience in maintaining accounts and financial records (Desirable)
  • Proven experience in representing an organisation at a senior and wider community level(Desirable)
  • Experience of working as a member of a team, providing leadership, support, and assistance where needed (Desirable)

Skills, Talents & Abilities

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with ability to engage at senior management, board level and senior level stakeholders
  • High levels of attention to detail and accuracy, including data entry, and ability to meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to create realistic plans and track record in achieving objectives, targets and deadlines, effectively managing workload and prioritizing own work
  • Strong organizational, planning and multi-tasking skills and ability to meet targets and deadlines
  • Available to work occasional unsocial hours as required
  • An aptitude for problem solving and multi-tasking and be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to providing high standards in customer service
  • An entrepreneurial and innovative attitude to work
  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude and collaborative working style

Personal Qualities

  • Assertive and confident
  • Politically sensitive, with diplomacy and cross-cultural sensitivity
  • A strategic thinker with proven capability in successful fundraising
  • Strong analytical, planning and budgeting skills with a focus on return on investment
  • Flexibility: demonstrable experience of structuring workload and comfortably manage the multiple dimensions of the role

Terms and Conditions of Employment

A full statement of terms and conditions of employment will be given to the successful applicant in accordance with Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 and 2001. The main terms and conditions of employment are as follows:
This is a full-time, permanent position, subject to satisfactory service during the probationary period.
This post is currently located in TU Dublin – City Campus, Grangegorman, Dublin 7. Most TU Dublin City Campus Programmes will transfer to Grangegorman in the coming years.
For further information, please see www.TU Dublin.ie/grangegorman

The successful candidate will be appointed at point (01) of the Assistant Principal Officer Salary Scale i.e. €74,570 gross per annum. Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. Incremental credit may apply in line with University Policy.
Hours of work
A 37 hour working week is in operation. This can be reviewed by collective agreement, with the Minister for Education & Skills. Having regard to the nature of the work, attendance outside these hours may be required from time to time.
A probationary period of twelve months will apply to this post.
Annual Leave
Annual Leave and Public Holidays shall be granted as per the Holidays (Employees) Act 1973 and Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. The annual leave entitlement for this post is 30 days per annum this is inclusive of the University closure days.
TU Dublin Foundation is a private charity. The post holder is not eligible for the Education Sector Superannuation Scheme. The TU Dublin Foundation offers a defined contribution pension plan, and will contribute 7% of the successful applicant’s salary into the TU Dublin Foundation Executive Pension Plan, which is managed by Zurich. This is applicable following completion of the probationary period.
Sick Leave
This appointment is subject to the University’s Sick Leave Policy for Officers of the University.
Other Conditions:
Applicants who do not meet the requirement below cannot be considered for shortlisting. Citizenship / Permit Requirement Eligibility to compete is open to candidates who are citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The EEA comprises member states of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Other candidates may be eligible to compete subject to their having or obtaining an appropriate work permit for the nature and duration of the position.

Application Form

Applications will be accepted through the online application service at www.tudublin.ie/vacancies. A CV will be required in addition to the application form. All correspondence from the University regarding your application will be by email. Please ensure that the security filters on your email provider will accept emails from TU Dublin.
Closing Date The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 29th January 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
It is anticipated that interviews for this post will take place on the 1st March 2021. The interview assessment will be 60 minutes in length and will include a presentation of 10 minutes duration. The topic of this presentation will be as follows: “The most effective strategy for requesting €500,000 from a company”. Contact information

For further information about this post please contact: Anne-Marie Corry, Executive Director, TU Dublin Foundation at annemarie.corry@tudublin.ie .
For queries regarding the application process, please contact Emma Malone at (01) 220 5163 between 9.30 and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email emma.malone@tudublin.ie.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
11th Jan, 2021
Dublin 7
Expiry Date
29th Jan, 2021