The Role

The Principal Gifts Officer will play a key role in generating philanthropic support for the College from alumni, well-wishers, trusts and foundations. The role has responsibility for an evolving portfolio of principal and major donors and prospects to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward as appropriate.

The success of the Development Office depends on the flexibility and ethos of its staff. The role-holder will be required to participate in activities outside the core job description that are important to the overall development programme and the College. The role requires regular travel in the UK (and potentially overseas), and some work in the evenings and at weekends.

In return, you will be a member of staff at the second oldest of the 31 Colleges in the University of Cambridge. Regarded as one of the most progressive and informal, Clare is renowned as a College that achieves academically at the highest levels, whilst also being welcoming, forward-thinking, and inclusive. 

Located in the heart of Cambridge city centre, the College is extraordinarily beautiful and famed for its gardens on “the Backs” (the famous backs of the Colleges that overlook the River Cam). Our gardens are widely renowned as some of the best in Cambridge and are valued by all members of the College, as well as our guests. Clare’s Old Court, a Grade I listed building, is the centre of the College and is unique among the ancient Cambridge Colleges in having maintained its architectural integrity over the course of its history. 

Salary and Benefits

Remuneration will be between £55,000 and £60,000 depending on experience, with the possibility of further flexibility for an exceptional candidate. There will be a six-month probationary period. The salary increases annually with the cost of living and will be subject to periodic review, benchmarked against equivalent roles in other Cambridge colleges

The Application Process

The full job description and person specification is below together with a list of all the benefits available to staff.

All applicants should email their up to date CV to Sally Hewings ( .  

The closing date is Monday 2nd October 2023 with interviews being held shortly afterwards.  The College reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier if a suitable applicant is found.