Advancement & Engagement Manager

The Rhodes Trust

Posted: 11/18/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Education

City: Flexible / Remote working, with preference for priority geographies for engagement (Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and San Francisco)

Postal code: 20001

State: US Territories

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:


We are the home of the world’s preeminent graduate fellowship, the Rhodes Scholarship, based at the University of Oxford since 1903.

In our second century, we are expanding the Rhodes Scholarships globally and broadening our impact through partnerships that develop exceptional leaders across different life stages and areas of focus.


The Rhodes Trust builds a better world through global fellowship programmes that develop and connect compassionate, innovative, and public-spirited people committed to solving humanity’s challenges.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Advancement and Engagement Manager

Location: Flexible / Remote working, with preference for priority geographies for engagement (Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and San Francisco)

Salary: Circa $65,000 - $75,000 per annum

At the Rhodes Trust we have an impressive history of philanthropic engagement with our donors and we plan to scale up our efforts with the launch of our next major fund-raising program, the 125th Anniversary Campaign.

To this end, we have created a new position for an Advancement and Engagement Manager to work closely with our US and UK colleagues to raise £1m in annual donations to the unrestricted Scholars Fund and £20m annually toward the comprehensive campaign goals.

We are seeking a talented individual who can increase our capacity and effectiveness in soliciting, cultivating, and stewarding annual giving as well as grow a robust individual donor base.  This will include managing a portfolio of US-based donors and prospects at the annual fund and major gift level, and operationalising donor discovery outreach to build the US portfolio of donors. Priority geographies for engagement activity include Boston, New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Facilitating major donations to enable Scholarship expansion, programming, capital needs, and the Rhodes endowment.
  • Working with the Head of Advancement & Engagement, North America in promoting legacy giving to Rhodes Alumni in the US.
  • Engaging with the 2500+ US-based Rhodes Alumni & Friends community. Creating virtual and in person opportunities for alumni and stakeholders to engage more fully with each other and the Rhodes Trust, and working closely with the Association of American Rhodes Scholars (AARS), local volunteers, and the Alumni Relations team in Oxford.

Candidate profile:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate many of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • You have a passion for the Trust’s mission, ideally bringing experience and insight into the communities we serve.
  • You bring significant experience (ideally 3 years’) in non-profit fundraising, including success in growing philanthropic revenue in a multi-million-dollar organization.
  • You enjoy working in a relatively small, agile, and growing team and are able to pivot between strategic thinking and detail-oriented implementation.
  • You have demonstrated success in catalyzing donor bases, and engagement through effective research and prioritization of high-potential prospects.
  • You are a persuasive communicator, confident in crafting audience-centered presentations and materials, and possess excellent written and verbal skills.
  • You are self-motivated, highly accountable, and committed to excellence.


  • Significant fundraising experience (ideally 3 years’ or more) with increasing responsibility in cultivating and soliciting annual and major gifts.
  • Experience in developing relationships across the donor lifecycle from cultivation through solicitation and stewardship.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with a proven ability to communicate across a broad range of audiences.
  • Experience in development and execution of high-impact events (both donor and programme oriented).
  • Knowledge of current fundraising methods, best practices, and fundraising tools/technology (Salesforce a plus).
  • Discretion and attention to regulatory environment (e.g. GDPR and privacy laws).
  • A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


Compensation and benefits

The Trust offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience and skill fit, and a comprehensive range of employee benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401K match
  • Workplace and work hour flexibility
  • Paid holidays.

We are well set up to work from home and remotely and you will be provided with Trust IT equipment.

The Trust is open to candidates for this role who are interested in working from any location within the U.S. but priority geographies are preferred.


$65k - 75k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To learn more about the Rhodes Trust, please visit our website. For further details on the role and how to apply, please view the job description.

The Rhodes Trust is an equal opportunity employer. We warmly welcome applications from talented people of diverse backgrounds and appoint without regard to age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, parental status, marital or civil partner status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief.


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