Development Officer (Vca And Mcm)

at University of Melbourne

  • Join Australia's number 1 University
  • Career opportunities, professional development, work-life balance.


Salary: $85,189 - $92,216 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

About Advancement
The Advancement Office aims to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its alumni, friends and benefactors. It is responsible for the management of programs relating to alumni and benefactors, and provides services to and works collaboratively with faculties and other central administration areas.

University of Melbourne Advancement (UoMA) is responsible for the coordination and delivery of Believe: the Campaign for the University of Melbourne,

The completion of the first phase goal of raising $500M for the Believe Campaign was publicly announced in March 2016 along with the intention to proceed with a second phase of the Campaign with revised goals of raising $1B and actively engaging with 100,000 alumni by the end of 2021. The Campaign is the largest initiative of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

About the role
The Development Officer (VCA and MCM) is embedded within the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music ("the Faculty") to support the Faculty's Advancement activities.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Divisional Advancement (Humanities and Social Sciences, or HASS, and Engagement) within the University of Melbourne Advancement office, in this role you will be the first point of contact for current and potential donors to the Faculty and will serve as custodian of the Faculty's donor relationships. Major gift enquiries will be triaged and handed over to the Deputy Director of Divisional Advancement (HASS and Engagement). Smaller gifts, which are no less important to the Faculty, will be managed by this position.

As Development Officer, you will play a key role, in partnership with the Faculty's finance and scholarships administration teams, in the management of donor relationships with respect to gifts made to support the Faculty's scholarships, awards, prizes, and other initiatives. In addition, you will assist in the establishment of new scholarships, awards, prizes and other initiatives through the collection of information from donors and prompt follow-up so as to ensure a smooth handover to Faculty services for implementation of gifts.

You will provide support for donor recognition and engagement activities, including coordination of reports, mail-outs and other forms of donor correspondence, and assist in maintenance of the University's donor and alumni database and the management and coordination of data that directly affects the Faculty's alumni engagement and philanthropic income targets.

You will have a proven ability to work both collaboratively and autonomously in managing multiple projects in a fast-paced and goal-oriented environment.

You will also have outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, to engage with and gain the confidence of senior level staff and donors, and to forge effective relationships with academic leaders and faculty. This role will require you to liaise with key stakeholders within the arts community including alumni and current and prospective donors. The role also requires close liaison with volunteers including members of the VCA Foundation board. As such, excellent communication skills are imperative.

This exciting full-time position is available on a continuing basis.

About you

  • A tertiary level qualification in any discipline with relevant work experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training
  • Well developed, demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills, demonstrating initiative and flexibility to prioritise work based on project timelines
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently with general direction and broad supervision, as well as ability to work well in a team to achieve results
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement and multitask across multiple areas within a matrix environment
  • Excellent attention to detail, particularly in relation to the management of data
  • Excellent computer literacy skills, with solid experience in Excel
  • Demonstrated high level verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • An understanding of the fundraising cycle and the role of donor stewardship within the cycle, ideally within the creative arts sector
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to liaise effectively with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience in a university or tertiary environment and using Advance database is desirable
  • Knowledge of the Australian arts sector and of the philanthropic sector in Australia will be highly regarded.

The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Close date: 2 Mar 2017

Position Description (includes Selection Criteria or Core Accountabilities and Competencies)

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