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About RCSI

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) was founded by Royal Charter in 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland. This noble surgical heritage continues to inform and shape our approach to education, training, research and service.

RCSI today is an innovative, pioneering international health sciences institution with global reach through its Irish and overseas medical universities in the Middle East and Far East. Headquartered in the heart of Dublin and ranked in the top 2% of universities in 2019, RCSI has a student community of over 60 nationalities and 19,000 alumni across 97 countries in the world. We have a unique international perspective on how we train tomorrow’s clinical professionals for the future of healthcare.

RCSI is an independent, not for profit body and is committed to institutional independence, service, academic freedom, diversity and humanitarian concern. Our independence enables us to chart our own course in service of excellence in human health. Placing the patient at the centre of all that we do; our values of respect, collaboration, scholarship and innovation unite and direct our purpose.

About the Development Department:

The Development Department is responsible for RCSI’s fundraising and manages engagement with Alumni, Fellows and Members; currently a team of 12.

The Development Department plays an increasingly important role in delivering RCSI’s ambitions through the RCSI_TOMORROW campaign; a comprehensive campaign to achieve significant and long lasting impact on global health via disciplined and strategic philanthropic initiatives in education and research. Delivery of the campaign goal will require the ongoing growth of donors from all constituencies; foundations, corporations, alumni and individuals. The increase in alumni giving and the strategic focus on building giving in new regions are critical to furnish a robust donor pipeline able to support the overall goal.

The Major Giving Fundraiser, will be integral within RCSI’s Development function and will build on the foundation created since the campaign was established in 2016. This role will lead on accelerating strategies to increase five and six figure giving from alumni around the world and focus on long term income growth through the development of a planned giving programme.

The desired candidate will be able to work independently to build new alumni relationships, and manage and maintain excellent relationships with stakeholders across the College.


Strategic Development

·Devise and implement fundraising strategies to increase five  and six figure gifts from RCSI's alumni community

·Deliver the agreed team strategy and target for major giving

·Build an understanding of giving in strategically important regions internationally and develop strategies to increase giving in these areas

·Utilise a data-driven approach to mine information available in order to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major alumni donors and prospects

·Build a robust donor and prospect pipeline able to support the annual and overall campaign goal

·Devise and implement a long term planned giving programme from RCSI’s alumni community

Relationship Management

·Work collaboratively with the Alumni Relations team and relevant departments across RCSI to maximise engagement opportunities

·Develop excellent relationships with major alumni donors and prospects

·Use compelling methods of communication to build relationships with donors and negotiate effectively to achieve positive outcomes

Production of Quality Materials

·Produce high quality proposals, reports, acknowledgements and other donor communications

·Develop (and deliver) tailored solicitations and stewardship plans 

Case Development

·Work with stakeholders across RCSI to develop and manage new case propositions in line with RCSI’s campaign objectives


·Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

·Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with alumni, faculty, staff, and the general public

·Ability to clearly articulate RCSI’s mission, vision, and values in a concise and compelling way to donors and prospects

·Strong design style able to produce compelling and bespoke documents for donors and prospects

·High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word)

Project Management

·Strong project management skills with an ability to manage multiple priorities to a high standard

·Excellent initiative, able to advance strategies with minimal supervision

·Highly motivated to meet goals, produce results, and exceed expectations, and enthusiastic about accountability

Strategic Thinking

·An ability to forecast and be pro-active in developing new strategies to meet goals

·Highly motivated to meet financial benchmarks, produce results, and exceed expectations

·Ability to be detailed oriented, thinking analytically, and use good judgment to make accurate decisions

Core Competencies: Desirable

Experience & Track Record

·Proven, successful track record in soliciting and closing five and six figure gifts

·Experience of fundraising across multiple geographies internationally

·Knowledge of database software (Raisers Edge)

·Experience of devising and managing a planned giving (legacy giving) programme is highly desirable


Permanent / Full-time


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