Manager, Alumni And Industry Relations

at University of Melbourne

About The Faculty of Arts, External Relations

The External Relations unit in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for effectively supporting, integrating and coordinating the Faculty of Arts' Alumni Relations, Industry Partnerships, Public Programs, Community Engagement programs as well as Marketing, Communications and Student Recruitment activities. The unit is responsible for all external engagement and stakeholder activities, both national and international, ensuring that all activities support the Faculty's broader research, teaching, learning and internationalisation strategies. The unit works collaboratively with academic and professional staff across a number of business units of the Faculty, academic schools and graduate schools, as well as with the External Relations portfolio in University Services.

About the role

Reporting to the Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement the Manager, Alumni and Industry Relations manages the alumni and industry engagement strategy for the Faculty of Arts. The role sits within the External Relations Unit and works alongside the Manager, Community Engagement Program and the Manger, Donor Relations to ensure there is a strategic and holistic approach to alumni and industry engagement programs for the Faculty of Arts. The role also supervises the Alumni Relations Coordinator who will supports the delivery of the alumni and industry strategy.

Working with colleagues in the University-wide Advancement and the Faculty of Arts the role delivers the Arts alumni and industry engagement program that includes the alumni relations strategy, industry partnership strategy, masterclasses with industry partners, volunteer and mentoring programs, communications and a range of other engagement activities.

The Manager, Alumni and Industry Relations identifies and supports the development of mutually beneficial relationships with key industries such business, government, the not-for-profit sector and the community. By developing strong relationships via the Arts alumni network the position will assist in the identification of organisations that would employ our alumni as well as provide opportunities for Work Integrated Learning for arts students. The incumbent will need to develop an in-depth understanding of the needs of industry to identify opportunities for industry-based collaborative research, commercial research and will understand industry needs in regard to graduate attributes that are developed within our teaching programs. The position initiates, develops and grows mutually productive alumni, industry and community collaborations, sponsorships and other relationships relevant to enterprise formation for the Faculty of Arts.

About you - skills and attributes will be highly regarded:

  • A postgraduate tertiary qualification and/or extensive relevant experience in a relevant area such as alumni relations, partnership management and/or business development;
  • An understanding and appreciate of the principles of current international best practice in alumni relations, partnership management and its relationship to engagement, fundraising, teaching and learning, preferably in a higher education environment;
  • Demonstrated record as an effective relationship manager able to operate at all levels and in complex organisation;
  • Demonstrated high-level written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills and the capacity to liaise and influence a range of people across all levels of the organisation, and the ability to operate effectively as part of a team;
  • Preparation of partnership agreements, briefs, business proposals and various presentations to support the implementation of industry partnerships, student engagement activities, events and communications to achieve strategic outcomes;
  • High level of attention to detail and exceptionally high standards of accuracy of work and the ability to work autonomously;
  • Experience working with volunteers to achieve identified outcomes and understanding of strategies to manage volunteers effectively;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the humanities and social science disciplines and experience of the sectors they articulate to such as the cultural, public, not-for-profit or community business sectors;
  • An ability to work within a fast-changing environment and demonstrated experience in the preparation and presentation of methodical and coherent documentation will be highly valued;
  • Experience in event management;
  • A self-starter who can manage multiple projects with personal initiative and high levels of attention to detail will be highly regarded;
  • Ability to comprehend wider strategic contexts and develop long term goals and strategies and actions required to achieve goals.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

† 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.

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