Posted on August 17, 2018. .

Organisation Name The University of Melbourne
Location Melbourne
Date Posted August 17, 2018
Job Type Permanent
Job Number 34478


  • Join Australia’s number 1 university as part of a globally recognised advancement team
  • Deputise and lift the capacity of advancement for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Be part of the ambitious Believe campaign


The Organisation

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world.


The Role

The Deputy Director of Divisional Advancement for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is a key leadership position. Deputising for and working closely with the Director of Advancement, you will lift the capacity of the advancement team and lead them to raise $25 million per year by 2021.  You will have specific responsibility for a fantastic portfolio; the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music as well as the University Library, Cultural Collections, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and specific arts-related projects.  You will lead a team of three to excel in their ability to build a strong major gifts philanthropic income pipeline supporting a range of compelling causes and projects. You will also join a peer group of exceptional fundraisers working with the University’s most significant donors capable of making principal gifts over $5 Million.


Skills Required

You will be a talented fundraising leader, with a proven track record of building excellence in high calibre, dynamic teams. As an accomplished major donor fundraiser you will truly understand philanthropy and what motivates people to give, and will have developed sophisticated relationships that have led to transformational levels of giving. To be successful in this role you will have:


• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with senior leaders to drive best practice in fundraising
• Proven success in major gift fundraising, managing gifts at the level of $500,000+
• Extensive management experience of teams working in or coordinating major gift programs
• Demonstrated ability to provide high level and effective leadership and direction to staff
• High emotional intelligence and a communication style that engages a wide range of people
• Strong skills in influencing, negotiating, motivating and communicating in complex organisations
• Proven ability in budget management, planning and excellent conceptual and analytical skills
• Preferably knowledge of advancement in higher education including national and global trends



The University employs people of outstanding calibre and offers a unique environment where staff are valued and rewarded. Benefits include flexibility, an excellent remuneration package (17% superannuation) and professional development.Join a globally recognised advancement team in Australia’s leading University.


Please click apply, submitting your cover letter and resume in MS Word quoting reference #34478 or contact Emma Adams on (03) 8319 4090.

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