Communications and Marketing Manager, Development Trust (DEV111A)

A dynamic, multi-faceted Development and Alumni Relations communications and marketing plan is of vital importance to the University as it builds its fundraising capacity, campaign readiness, and relationships with alumni and donors in an increasingly competitive and technology-based fundraising environment.As a member of the Development and Alumni Relations management team, with dotted line accountability to the University’s External Relations Office, the Communications and Marketing Manager: Development and Alumni Relations, will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing integrated communications and marketing strategies to advance the University’s alumni engagement and fundraising plans and goals, with a key focus being the next major fundraising campaign.Recognising that media platforms are constantly evolving; the incumbent will also be well-versed in trends and developments in e-communications and e-fundraising and will help identify best methods and initiatives to reach priority audiences. S/he will be responsible for meeting objectives established in consultation with the Executive Director of Advancement, the Development and Alumni Relations management team and the University’s External Relations office. The incumbent will manage a team of communications and marketing professionals and provide guidance to all staff in the delivery of communications and marketing strategies.

School/Section: Development Trust
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Academic
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £42,149 - £50,296
Ref No: DEV111A
Closing Date: 25-OCT-2021


Job Description

The Communications and Marketing Manager: Development and Alumni Relations oversees all alumni and fundraisingcommunications for the University of Aberdeen Development and Alumni Relations Directorate.

A strategic communications professional with outstanding writing skills and a creative flair, the incumbent will develop and oversee implementation of a five-year communications and marketing plan that focuses on ongoing (regular and major giving) and campaign-related fundraising, alumni engagement activities and goals; as well as the enhancement of web and new media platforms. S/he will play a pivotal role in determining and developing both targeted and broad-based communications and marketing initiatives for internal and external audiences/stakeholders.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 7,  £42,149 - £50,296 per annum and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience. 

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and probation period

For further information on various staff benefits and policies please visit 

This role is based in the Aberdeen and as such the successful candidate will be required to live and work in Aberdeen.

The candidate appointed to this post may be eligible for homeworking on an occasional or regular basis.  For more information please refer to our Homeworking Policy.

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Susan White, HR Partner (e-mail: for further information.

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 October 2021

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Rob Donelson, Executive Director of Advancement,

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Rob Donelson

Please quote reference number DEV111A on all correspondence


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