Development Officer (Faculty Of Arts)

at University of Melbourne

About Advancement

In Advancement, we aim to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its alumni, friends and benefactors. The Advancement Office 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 $1Bn 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.

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About the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts seeks to enable individuals and organisations to be global leaders through the creation, application and dissemination of business and economics knowledge.

For 160 years, the Faculty of Arts has adapted to a changing job market and the changing needs of students.

The Faculty of Arts is committed to benefiting the peoples, cultures and economies of Melbourne, Australia, the region and the world.

We do this across our distinctively broad range of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines by creating, transforming and sharing knowledge that deepens and enriches understanding of what it means to be human and by developing graduates whose skills, values and empathy enable them to shape better, fairer and more sustainable societies.

About the role

In this role you will play a crucial role in supporting the Faculty of Arts strategic fundraising goals, as part of the Campaign for the University of Melbourne, to create transformational educational opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.

Reporting to the Senior Development Manager in the Faculty of Arts and working closely with the Director of Advancement for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the University's Advancement Office, you will actively manage a portfolio of prospective and current donors capable of making gifts up to six figures, with a view to increasing the overall pool of donors to Faculty of Business and Economics, and to assist with proposals and stakeholder management for major donors.

This role will require you to demonstrate your outstanding research and written skills, as you will be responsible for producing a wide range of written materials in support of the Faculty's major gifts fundraising goals, including briefing notes, meeting materials, cases for support, personal letters from the Dean, and magazine and website articles on major gifts. You will need to work closely with the academic support office, alumni relations, marketing and donor relations teams, and will play a lead role in stewarding donors to the Faculty.

About you

You will have outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues in Faculty of Arts, and the University's Advancement team. You will also need to engage and work with senior level staff, donors, and volunteers, and forge effective relationships with academic leaders and faculty. This role with a proven ability to work well in a fast-paced and goal-oriented environment.

Importantly you will possess:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline, or an equivalent combination of relevant training, education and experience in advancement
  • Previous experience of soliciting gifts for fundraising initiatives, with a proven track record of success
  • High level administrative experience in a complex environment
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal relations
  • An engaging, collaborative style that is well suited to working constructively with The Faculty of Business and Economics alumni, volunteers and donors
  • Discretion in the conduct of confidential alumni and donor business
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with team members within The Faculty of Business and Economics and with staff of the University Advancement Office
  • Ability to plan and organise self and others to ensure the timely completion of tasks
  • High level of technical competence in MS Office, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and ability to use email and customer relationship management databases.

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

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