Alumni Engagement Manager

Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust
10 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Alumni Engagement Manager of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust

This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading agricultural charity in this new senior role of 'Alumni Engagement Manager’. The heart of Nuffield Farming is its alumni and there is a need to provide more support for the alumni at large and the Regional and Study Groups in order to enable them to make a greater impact on British Agriculture at this critical time of its evolution. You will develop and maintain relationships with alumni to nurture their involvement with Nuffield Farming and to increase participation; improve data; celebrate alumni achievement and identify those whom we have lost touch with.

Working closely with the Director of Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust the Alumni Engagement Manager will be responsible for the following ongoing tasks to:

  • Encourage the alumni to apply for awards and positions of responsibility across the agricultural industry in order to promote Nuffield Farming;
  • Engage Groups in the recruitment of potential scholars from their region or speciality to provide more applicants and of a higher quality;
  • Provide coordination and guidance to Groups in the running of effective and realistic 'mock interviews’ for potential scholars;
  • Oversee the development of the Nuffield Farming database to provide an up to date facility to better coordinate and communicate with scholars;
  • Assist Groups in their coordination and efficiency in order to improve and be valued by them;
  • Oversee the governance of Groups to ensure robust organisation and statutory compliance;

Further details the modus operandi and person spec are included below.

The post will be responsible for agreeing with the Director and Trustees, and implementing, an annual programme of work with associated KPIs. The consultancy will begin as soon as possible and operate in close consultation with the Nuffield Farming Office which may also provide some staff support. If you would like to discuss the role or find out more information, please telephone the Nuffield Farming Office.

Those interested are invited to send a short one or two page covering letter explaining why they are best suited to the role and attaching a c.v. no later than Monday 29th April.

A short list of applicants for interview will be decided during the following week and interviews will be held on Monday 20th May in Central London.

Job Title: Alumni Engagement Manager

Location: Flexible

Reporting to: Director

Reporting Staff: None

Statement of Overarching Purpose

To stimulate the continued involvement of Nuffield Farming Scholars and Supporters in order to strengthen the promotion of the Trust and its impact on UK Agriculture at large. Also, to identify, motivate, encourage and nurture quality potential Nuffield Farming Scholars, so that they complete an application with the best chance of gaining a scholarship.

If you would like to discuss the role or find out more information, please contact the Nuffield Farming Office.

Modus Operandi.

The Nuffield Farming Alumni Engagement Manager will:

  • Work to Trustees (who will approve terms of service and objectives) through the Director (who will be the Alumni Engagement Manager’s line manager);
  • Operate as a self-employed consultant and provide his/her own office facilities, equipment and transport;
  • Attend regular face-to-face meetings at the NFST Office or convenient venue along with videoconferences to coordinate activities with other members of the organisation;
  • Travel extensively to establish and maintain relationships with Nuffield Farming Groups and attend their events.
  • From time to time, be 'in attendance’, at Trustee Board or Trustee Sub-Committee meetings when relevant matters are on the agenda;
  • Be allocated a minimum and maximum number of hours to work depending on commitments against which s/he will invoice retrospectively on a monthly basis;
  • Agree an hourly fee, on an annual basis, along with the parameters for mileage and other expenses.

Outline Person Specification

The Nuffield Farming Alumni Engagement Manager will:

  • Be a confident, personable communicator and influencer with the ability to develop and sustain long term relationships with alumni and groups;
  • Excellent networking and relationship management skills;
  • Hold professional qualifications of relevance to the role and/or related degree level qualifications and/or appropriate experience in similar alumni development appointments;
  • Be able to demonstrate success in comparable roles for other organisations, especially, those involved with team building or membership development or fostering recruits through a demanding application process;
  • Proven track record of working at a senior management level.


  • Have knowledge of British Agriculture and (ideally) come from an agricultural background;
  • Have empathy with the ideals and goals of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust;
  • Hold a clean driving licence and own means of transport;
  • Be highly competent in using Microsoft Office programmes;
  • Be proficient in use of social media and electronic means of communication.

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