Interim Deputy Director, Philanthropy (Fixed term 6-9months)

Date advertised

19 September 2022

Closing date

2 October 2022




Development & Alumni Relations Office

Required hours

Full Time


All three sites



The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. The RCA has been ranked the number one university-level institution for art & design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021.

We are seeking to appoint an Interim Deputy Director, Philanthropy.

The role of Interim Deputy Director Philanthropy will steward a key role in the RCA Development and Alumni Relations team, working closely with both the Director and the Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Director, Major Gifts and Operations and the team’s two Heads (Events and Major Gifts) to manage a personal portfolio of principal gifts prospects and donors at the 7-figure plus level (towards the GenerationRCA campaign target) and support the Director of Development in the smooth running of the team.

Introduced in 2016 - as part of an investment into the DARO team in readiness for the campaign launch - in 2022 the Deputy leadership role remains as vital as ever, as the team moves into an exciting new stage of GenerationRCA, with a philanthropic focus on ‘People’. Seeking funding for new Professorial posts and a significant US-model scholarship endowment, GenerationRCA has raised over £87m in the last 4 years, exceeding targets for the ‘Places’ and ‘People’ pillars, enabling a brand-new STEM + D campus to be built at Battersea, and for new research centres to be established, in new areas for the College, such as Intelligent Mobility, Digital Visualisation, Materials Science, and Robotics. It has also established the GenerationRCA Endowment, which will be a key focus in the next phase of the campaign, to allow talented individuals from under-represented communities to study at the RCA. 

The post will have a mix of philanthropic and operational responsibilities, and the ideal candidate will have a strong background and proven skills and experience in all areas of the DARO office - principally, high-level fundraising and constituent communications. 

For more information on the role please see the Info Pack.

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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. 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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