Chief Development Officer

£80,000 - £90,000 per annum

IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. At each local centre, IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to attain their chosen aspiration, including further and higher education, employment and work-based training. Our mission is to provide local support that can break cycles of disadvantage and open up new opportunities for young people. We believe in the talent of every young person, and do not limit our support to those young people who have been labelled ‘bright’ or ‘gifted’. We believe that, with support, every young person can progress to an excellent post-school destination and we are committed to helping them on this journey.


We are seeking a talented Chief Development Officer, fully committed to our widening participation cause, to join the Senior Management Team in a pivotal new role for a growing and ambitious charity.

You will have responsibility for the successful development and implementation of the charity’s fundraising and communications strategies, leading a high-achieving fundraising team to meet and exceed its ambitious fundraising targets (currently £13m per annum from donations, grants and university partnerships – and projected to rise each year as the charity expands its reach). As a member of our SMT you will also play an active and key role driving forward the broader objectives of the charity including its growth plans.

This is both a strategic and hands-on role, ranging from having senior oversight of the charity’s crucial university partnerships, through to rolling your sleeves up to work with the team to meet a tight deadline completing a bid for a major new funding opportunity.

As a charity with social mobility as its core objective, IntoUniversity is wholly committed to equality of opportunity. We work with children and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and we believe that our staff team should be similarly diverse and representative.

The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be, and we recognise that we have much more to do in this regard. We are committed to building a culture where students, staff and volunteers are valued for the unique people they are. We therefore encourage applications from candidates from as wide a range as possible of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds. In particular, we actively and warmly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, male candidates and candidates with a disability as they are currently under-represented within IntoUniversity.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.