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Head of Advancement

16 July 2020

UWC Mahindra 


Job Title                                                  Key Relationships

Head of Advancement                         Individual, Foundation and Corporate Donors

                                                    Alumni, Parents, Friends & Prospective Stakeholders

Reports to                                             College Governances

Head of College                                    UWC International

                                                                UWC National Committees

Direct Reports                                      Global Advancement Team

Communications Manager                   Press & Media

UWC Mahindra College seeks a dynamic and enterprising individual who will be inspired and guided by UWC  ideals  as  they  provide  leadership for the College’s advancement initiatives. The ideal candidate  will help present the strengths of our unique institution to the world and will continually seek meaningful ways  for  our  external  constituents  to  help  the  college  fulfill  its  mission  through  their  expertise,  life  experience,  and  philanthropy.  The  Office  of  Advancement  plays  a  leading  role in shaping, facilitating and communicating UWC Mahindra College’s Vision 2022 with the development and implementation of our Strategic Plan.

The Head of Advancement will be a member of  the  school’s  leadership team. They will hold primary responsibility for delivering on strategic fundraising goals for a variety of causes such as scholarships, curriculum development, campus renewal and sustainability. (For 2018-2019 the Office of Advancement was tasked with raising approximately $500,000 through Annual Giving and $1.2 million through the scholarship endowment programmes).  The Head of Advancement will also lead on the planning and implementation of all stakeholder communications for UWC Mahindra College, including brand building and engagement activities.  Responsibilities described bove  extend  to  the  aligned  but  unique  objectives  of  Akshara  (the  College’s local social impact initiative) and UWC India (country-based UWC National Committee based in Mumbai). The short courses programmes run by the College throughout the year also come under the responsibilities of the Head of Advancement. 

Specific areas of responsibility are as follows:

Governance Relations

  • Works with the Board of Directors and the Head of College to meet fundraising goals.
  • Develops fundraising training for Directors and other leadership volunteers.
  • Assumes responsibility for all Advancement reporting to the Board and other agencies.


  • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual solicitations, reunion campaigns, endowment and capital campaigns, and other college-related solicitations.
  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relationship building.
  • Directly implements a comprehensive Major Gifts programme.
  • Oversees the development of proposals for foundations and CSR funding.
  • Develops and implements Annual Giving campaigns to provide a broad base of regular donors.

Alumni & Constituent Relations

  • Oversees the organisation of alumni networks/hubs and supporting initiatives and events.
  • Develops and implements strategies to promote giving of “Time, Talent & Treasure” around UWC’s Generational Commitment Initiatives.
  • Identifies and trains core  groups  of  volunteers  to  assist  in  Annual  Giving,  special  events  and other constituent engagement programs as needed.

Public Relations and Brandbuilding

  • Works  closely  with  the  Communications  Manager,  and  College  Leadership  team  to  further develop our organizational identity and unique educational value proposition.
  • Oversees the design and production of all major publications, including newsletters, the Annual Report, the website and “friendraising” communications.
  • Creates  and  oversees  implementation  of  promotional  plans  for  all  campaigns  related  to fundraising, admissions and short programmes.
  • Plans  and  implements  the  college’s  promotional  outreach  and  media  strategy;  including  press networking, media pitches, special events and crisis communications.
  • Develop  a  culture  of  positive  global  brand  ambassadorship  amongst  our  primary  constituent groups (students, staff, parents, alumni).

Short Courses

  • Conceptualize the overarching themes and goals of the programme as well as the detailed structure and schedule.
  • Ensure that the programme costs adhere to the budget.
  • Ensure safety and comfort on participants during the programme.
  • Research in the selected themes and identification of appropriate speakers.
  • Oversee preparation of programme overview and schedule. 
  • Establish initial communication with partners and speakers.
  • Oversee writing of the programme report at the end of courses. 

Leadership Team Responsibilities

  • Leads, mentors and inspires the Advancement Office Team.
  • Undertakes supervisory responsibilities and creates management systems to support all Advancement projects and operations.
  • Works closely with other departments (Finance, Campus Infrastructure & Services, Admissions, Academics etc.) and participates in Heads’ Committee as a member of the leadership team.
  • Supervises and includes students in the activities conducted by Advancement Office.
  • Wherever and whenever possible, participates in the intellectual, residential and experiential life on campus so as to better understand and integrate into the community.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • At least 3+ years in fundraising, marketing, business development, public relations or equivalent fields, preferably with significant HNI relationship experience.
  • Proven track record of leading high performance teams.
  • Understanding of international educational systems and in particular the UWC movement.
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural  communication  skills,  with  the  ability  to  work  well  in multicultural environments and with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent oral and public presentation skills. Strong written communication & research abilities.
  • Strong aptitude for developing and managing budgets and preparing financial reports.
  • Tech savviness and experience with CRM databases.
  • Ability to be self-motivated, work well under pressure and be able to handle several projects at one time.
  • Ability to travel frequently and sometimes under short notice
  • Have good judgment and a sense of humor.


Interested applicants should send the following materials to the attention of the Head of College, Soraya Sayed Hassen at

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Brief cover letter;
  • Details of two references (professional relationship, dates of employment, telephone and email contacts);
  • A 200-250 word statement on "how the UWC mission and values find expression in your own life and/or professional work"

Learn more about working at UWC Mahindra College here:

Application deadline: 15th August 2020