Deputy Director of Divisional Advancement (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

at University of Melbourne

  • Join Australia's number 1 University

  • Career opportunities, professional development, work-life balance.


Salary: $144,048 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.

The Deputy Director of Divisional Advancement (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) is a member of the Advancement Team.

About the role

The Deputy Director of Divisional Advancement for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) plays an important leadership role in the delivery of effective and efficient Advancement services aligned to HASS Divisional priorities, as part of the overall Advancement Strategy.

As Deputy Director of Divisional Advancement (HASS), you will have responsibility for ensuring a strong major gifts philanthropic income pipeline. You will also be a member of the University's Principal Gifts group, which is responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of some the University's most significant donors and prospective donors, primarily those capable of making principal gifts in order to maximise the philanthropic income for academic and other University priorities.

You will oversee a team of three and report to the Director of Divisional Advancement (HASS), deputising in their absence. In this role you will also be expected to work closely with Advancement Directors as well as the Vice-Principal (Advancement).

You will carry responsibility for the advocacy and implementation of advancement policy and services for relevant divisions, and be responsible for the management, performance coaching and mentoring of a number of major gift fundraising staff. You will be expected to be a key provider of expertise and guidance, fostering close collaboration with and between Deans, academic and professional staff in the divisions to ensure the highest quality of major gift development activity is delivered.

High-level relationship development and interpersonal skills, staff and volunteer management skills, the ability to prioritise tasks and to influence colleagues and stakeholders are all critical to the effectiveness of this role. The role requires high levels of diplomacy, a high level of attention to detail, and a sound understanding of IT and other systems that support philanthropic fundraising activities.

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

About you

  • A post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline plus extensive relevant experience focused on a significant major gifts component; or an equivalent combination of relevant extensive experience and education/training.
  • Extensive experience of management, and significant experience working in major gift fundraising and coordinating fundraising programs
  • A track record in development with proven success in major gift fundraising at the $500,000+ level
  • A demonstrated ability to provide high level, effective leadership and direction to staff inside and outside direct line management to achieve goals in a target driven environment
  • Professional skills and knowledge of advancement in higher education ideally in Australia and an understanding of major international and national trends in advancement

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.

Please submit a cover letter, CV and document addressing the key selection criteria listed in the position description.

Close date: 28 May 2017

Position Description and Selection Criteria: Download File 0043171.pdf

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