Ethical Screening and Due Diligence Officer

Imperial College London

Job description
Job summary

The Advancement Division is seeking a collaborative Ethical Screening and Due Diligence Officer with sound judgment, political acuity and strong interpersonal skills to join their ambitious team. Philanthropic income can carry risk as a source of income, and the post holder will play a critical role in helping to ensure that any risks are well managed within the College and that appropriate consideration is given to the circumstances of any gift when it is accepted.

About us

Advancement raises funds for scholarships, academic positions, research centres and capital projects, securing private financial support from those who are committed to our academic mission and building Imperial’s global reputation. Imperial is committed to strengthening its external profile and raising income through development and alumni relations activities at all levels.

Duties and responsibilities

Using externally available sources of information, as well as information from relationship managers (fundraisers/academics), the post holder will undertake comprehensive ethical and reputational risk screening and due diligence on individuals, companies, foundations and other organisations wishing to make philanthropic gifts to the College. They will consider the full context of the gift, not just the source of funds, but also the purpose of the gift and its associated terms, to analyse and prepare a summary of the situation for review by senior leadership. 

This career opportunity promises to be varied and will utilise your experience gained in roles such as Due Diligence Officer, Fundraising Researcher, Prospect Researcher or similar. This career opportunity will suit an individual with drive, ambition and a keen interest in philanthropy within higher education.   

Essential requirements

The post holder will have experience of researching or screening individuals, companies, foundations or organisations for ethical and reputational risk. This will include synthesising complex information from numerous sources and using well-honed judgement to determine and present critical facts for decision-making. You will have a sound understanding of data protection legislation, especially around the use of publicly available information and the application of data protection guidance within a fundraising context.

You will be adept at juggling shifting priorities and managing stakeholder relationships effectively as you reprioritise deliverables. Demonstrable experience of evaluating complex situations and drawing well informed conclusions is also a must.

Further information

This is a full time and open ended role, and you will be based in our South Kensington Campus.

Should you have any queries please contact: Kate McCormick, [email protected]   

The College is currently trialling a Work Location Framework until early 2023.  Hybrid working may be considered for this role and the role holder may be expected to work 60% or more of their time onsite, with 40% the minimum time spent onsite.  The opportunity for hybrid working will be discussed at interview.


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