Prospect Research Associate (Maternity Cover)

Closing date

25 March 2018




Development & Alumni Relations Office

Required hours

Full Time


Kensington & Battersea


£36,102 - £39,197 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status devoted to research and knowledge exchange, teaching and practice in art, design, architecture, communication and humanities. The College’s international reputation as the world's number one art and design university has been recognised for four successive years by the highly-regarded QS World Ranking survey in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2017/18 the College has 2,000 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees, rising to 2,300 in 2018/19, and more than 400 full- and part-time academic, technical and administrative staff.

The RCA is currently working on its first fully comprehensive philanthropic fundraising campaign, to create a unified new campus in Battersea and to fully support its students, academic staff and long term vision. In readiness for this exciting new chapter in the RCA‘s history, the Development & Alumni Relations team are expanding in a number key strategic areas, and creating several rare opportunities to join a dynamic team at one of the most unique, inspirational and influential art and design institutions in the world.

The College is seeking to appoint a Prospect Research Associate, on a fixed-term maternity cover contract, with primary responsibility for meeting prospect research needs for the RCA’s expanding advancement programme. The post holder will provide research to plan and facilitate the successful cultivation and solicitation of gifts from alumni, individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate donors. They will also manage wealth screening and establish a reporting system to track prospects.

It is essential that candidates are educated to degree level or equivalent. The successful candidate will have substantial experience of conducting research; retrieving, collating and analysing information from a wide range of sources. They will also have experience of presenting research findings to a high standard in a readable, accessible format.

Candidates must have superlative organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise work as appropriate. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including a good command of the English language, are essential for the role. In addition, the successful candidate will be comfortable working/communicating with academic and professional staff at all levels of seniority.

Closing date: 25 March 2018

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The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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