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Development Officer (Events)

Date advertised

30 May 2024

Closing date

16 June 2024




Development & Alumni Relations Office

Required hours

Full Time


Kensington, London, United Kingdom


£42,205 - £45,732 per annum pro rata

The Royal College of Art is a dynamic institution with a rich history and a global reputation for excellence in art and design education. Join our team and contribute to the success of our students and the College.

Applications are invited for a Development Officer (Events), who will report to the Head of Development (Events) and work collaboratively with other members of the Development & Alumni Relations Team, as well as across the College. The primary responsibility is the successful development, implementation, and delivery of all donor and alumni events.

Key Responsibilities:

Develop, implement, and deliver a wide range of donor and alumni events, ensuring they run smoothly and successfully.

Work closely with internal and external contacts to build relationships that facilitate successful event execution.

Demonstrate excellent event management skills, including planning, organization, and on-the-day management.

Provide exemplary customer service to all stakeholders, including donors, alumni, and College staff.

Collaborate effectively with the Development & Alumni Relations Team and other College departments.

Take initiative and work independently, demonstrating self-motivation and strong organizational skills.

Negotiate with vendors and service providers to secure the best terms for event services.


Qualifications and Experience:

Proven experience in event management, preferably within a higher education or similar setting.

Strong organizational, communication, and negotiating skills.

Ability to work independently and take initiative.

Excellent customer service skills and the ability to build positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously and delivering them on time and within budget.


Skills and Competencies:

Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders.

Ability to work under pressure and handle challenging situations with tact and professionalism.

Team player with a strong sense of collegiality and willingness to assist colleagues.

Flexibility and adaptability in approach to work, including a willingness to take on new projects.


Team and Culture:The current Development & Alumni Relations Team consists of 12 members. As a specialist postgraduate university, the RCA values a strong sense of collegiality and teamwork. Prospective employees must be comfortable with the scale and ethos of the institution, working together to achieve shared goals and purposes. A willingness to assist colleagues, embrace new projects, and contribute to the team’s high performance is highly valued.


See Information Pack for further details.

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The Royal College of Art (RCA)  aims to foster an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students and stakeholders are respected. 

We recognise the broad range of experiences that a diverse staff and student body brings and how this  strengthens our research and enhances our teaching. In order for RCA to remain a world-leading institution we are committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles throughout all of our processes, from application through to appointment.

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