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Job Title: Head of Advancement
Reports to: Head of College
Direct Reports: Fundraising Manager and Communications Manager


Key Relationships: Individual, Foundation and Corporate Donors;  Alumni, Parents, Friends & Prospective Stakeholders; College Governance; UWC International; UWC; National Committees; Global Advancement Team; Press & Media.



Description of School: 


UWC Mahindra College is a pre-university residential high school for 240 students aged 15 to 19 representing more than 80 countries. The College offers the globally recognised 2 year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, taught by 30 faculty members from around the world. Resting in a 175-acre biodiversity reserve, our campus is located amidst the greater Western Ghats – one of world’s biodiversity hotspots - and close to the city of Pune, an emerging tech hub with a long-standing legacy in higher education.



Description of Position:


UWC Mahindra College seeks a dynamic and enterprising individual who will be inspired and guided by UWC ideals as they provide leadership for the College’s advancement initiatives. The ideal candidate will help present the strengths of our unique institution to the world and will continually seek meaningful ways for our external constituents to help the college fulfill its mission through their expertise, life experience, and philanthropy. The Office of Advancement plays a leading role in shaping, facilitating and communicating UWC Mahindra College’s Vision 2022 with the development and implementation of our Strategic Plan.


The Head of Advancement will be a member of the school’s leadership team. They will hold primary responsibility for delivering on strategic fundraising goals for a variety of causes such as scholarships, curriculum development, campus renewal and sustainability. (For 2018-2019 the Office of Advancement was tasked with raising approximately $500,000 through Annual Giving and $1.2 million through the scholarship endowment programmes). The Head of Advancement will also lead on the planning and implementation of all stakeholder communications for UWC Mahindra College, including brand building and engagement activities. Responsibilities described above extend to the aligned but unique objectives of Akshara (the College’s local social impact initiative) and UWC India (country-based UWC National Committee based in Mumbai).


Specific areas of responsibility are as follows:


Governance Relations


  • Works with the Board of Directors and the Head of College to meet fundraising goals.

  • Develops fundraising training for Directors and other leadership volunteers.

  • Assumes responsibility for all Advancement reporting to the Board and other agencies




  • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual solicitations, reunion campaigns, endowment and capital campaigns, and other college-related solicitations.

  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relationship building

  • Directly implements a comprehensive Major Gifts programme

  • Oversees the development of proposals for foundations and CSR funding

  • Develops and implements Annual Giving campaigns to provide a broad base of regular donors


Alumni & Constituent Relations


  • Oversees the organisation of alumni networks/hubs and supporting initiatives and events

  • Develops and implements strategies to promote giving of “Time, Talent & Treasure” around UWC’s Generational Commitment Initiatives.

  • Identifies and trains core groups of volunteers to assist in Annual Giving, special events and other constituent engagement programs as needed.


Public Relations and Brand-building


  • Works closely with the Communications Manager, and College Leadership team to further develop our organizational identity and unique educational value proposition

  • Oversees the design and production of all major publications, including newsletters, the Annual Report, the website and “friendraising” communications.

  • Creates and oversees implementation of promotional plans for all campaigns related to fundraising, admissions and short programmes.

  • Plans and implement the college’s promotional outreach and media strategy; including press networking, media pitches, special events and crisis communications.

  • Develop a culture of positive global brand ambassadorship amongst our primary constituent groups (students, staff, parents, alumni).


Leadership Team Responsibilities


  • Leads, mentors and inspires the Advancement Office Team.

  • Undertakes supervisory responsibilities and creates management systems to support all Advancement projects and operations.

  • Works closely with other departments (Finance, Campus Infrastructure & Services, Admissions, Academics etc.) and participates in Heads’ Committee as a member of the leadership team

  • Supervises and includes students in the activities conducted by Advancement Office.

  • Wherever and whenever possible, participates in the intellectual, residential and experiential life on campus so as to better understand and integrate into the community.





  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

  • At least 5+ years in fundraising, marketing, business development, public relations or equivalent fields, preferably with significant HNI relationship experience.

  • Proven track record of leading high performance teams.

  • Understanding of international educational systems and in particular the UWC movement.

  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, with the ability to work well in multicultural environments and with diverse constituencies.

  • Excellent oral and public presentation skills. Strong written communication & research abilities.

  • Strong aptitude for developing and managing budgets and preparing financial reports.

  • Tech savviness and experience with CRM databases.

  • Ability to be self-motivated, work well under pressure and be able to handle several projects at one time.

  • Ability to travel frequently and sometimes under short notice

  • Have good judgment and a sense of humor.



Application for Position:


Interested applicants should send the following materials to the attention of the Head of College, Soraya Sayed Hassen at vacancies@muwci.net - Please add REF: www.ibschooljobs.com - Application for Position as Head of Advancement in the subject of your email.


  • Curriculum Vitae;

  • Brief cover letter;

  • Details of two references (professional relationship, dates of employment, telephone and email contacts);

  • A 200-250 word statement on “how the UWC mission and values find expression in your own life and/or teaching.”


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