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Director Development - Engineering

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Work type: Continuing / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Professional Leadership, Fundraising / Philanthropy

The Opportunity

The Director, Development is a highly experienced development professional with an entrepreneurial approach who will take a leadership role in the Development Team to help build UNSW's fundraising program.

You will be responsible for the leadership of strategies to achieve significant philanthropic revenue targets for the Faculty of Engineering. You will also be responsible for a personal portfolio of approximately 50 major and principal gift prospects.

The role will focus on leading others to cultivate and solicit major, principal, and planned gifts in support of the University’s highest fundraising priorities in work close partnership with alumni relations and development colleagues.

This position reports to the Executive Director, Development, with a dotted line to the Dean, Faculty of Engineering

  • Full time opportunity
  • Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

About UNSW

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. UNSW is committed to building a world-class development and engagement team that will help advance UNSW’s ambitious goals. Our Development and International Development Teams work closely with individuals, corporations, and foundations to raise philanthropic support for the university’s highest priorities.

Selection Criteria

About the successful applicant:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications with at least 7 years’ experience in development and donor relations within the University sector.
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic and resource planning, goal setting and attainment, and project management.
  • Demonstrated success closing $1 million gifts and working in a target driven environment.
  • Expert influencing skills and the demonstrated ability to garner support and commitment for a major project across a large and complex organisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an agile environment, and proven ability to work to multiple project deadlines.
  • Evidence of success in establishing, cultivating and maintaining high-level, strong relationships with influential donors and executives.
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Proven ability to effectively manage complex projects to achieve strategic goals.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of fundraising and tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates.
  • Experience building collaborative working relationships with multiple stakeholders to achieve the organisation’s goals.
  • Strong communication skills

Additional details about the specific responsibilities for this role can be found in the attached position description below.

POSITION DESCRIPTION - Download File Position Description - Development Director - UNSW Engineering.PDF

For a confidential conversation about the opportunity please contact Penny Spencer.


Penny Spencer


T: +61 2 9385 0708

Applications close: 11:50pm, Thursday 10th October 2019


UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

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