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Organisation : Deakin University

Location : Melbourne, Victoria (Burwood)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Education & Training

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 30 May, 2019

About the role

The role

As the Director of Development you will be leading the University’s fundraising team in Advancement

Overseeing the strategic philanthropic support of Deakin’s research and teaching, you will have a large focus on the development of the team & major gift prospects. You will take control of a multi-million dollar budget, set ambitious fundraising goals and be central to the success of Advancement by working closely with the Chief Advancement Officer.

Through interactions with Executive Deans and other senior leaders of the University you will develop giving opportunities and formulate an individualised strategy for each donor whilst ensure the adherence to the Universities policies.

Whilst this position will be based at our Burwood campus there will be frequent travel to other campuses, predominately at the Geelong Waterfront campus. You will also have extensive out of normal business out attendance for profiling events as and when required.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • relevant fundraising experience, preferably in higher education
  • formal program and/or project management qualifications with knowledge of CASE best practice guidelines
  • significant experience in major gift fundraising preferably within higher education
  • extensive experience in comparative senior leadership with a focus on building, mentoring and leading a high-performing team
  • extensive experience working in a business development capacity within not-for-profit or education sectors and a comprehensive understanding of the key issues and complexities associated with this combination.
  • exemplary relationship development and marketing skills, underpinned by sound leadership knowledge in a marketing or BD field
  • proven ability to interpret high level strategic direction into operational objectives

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • lead the development and management of a comprehensive, collaborative and ambitious fundraising program, including major gifts, bequests, trusts and foundations, and donor stewardship
  • in collaboration with the Chief Advancement Officer and other leaders within the University, help lead the development of a major gift proposal concepts for complex and collaborative initiatives and the institutes ambitious ideas
  • contribute to the University’s fundraising performance by overseeing an individual portfolio of major gifts prospects
  • partner with the Chief Advancement Officer in the cultivation and solicitation of Principal Gifts
  • lead and develop your team to continue to reach and exceed KPO’s


Deakin University is proud to be recognised as an organisation that offers a friendly, supportive and challenging working environment. Our staff are committed to making a genuine difference to people’s lives through excellence in education and research.

We acknowledge the importance of providing a dynamic and diverse working environment and offer variety in day-to-day roles as well as professional development opportunities to assist staff to grow and progress their careers.

Deakin University staff have the opportunity to interact with colleagues from a diverse range of cultures and professional backgrounds, all of whom share a common interest in lifelong learning.


We value our staff and understand that they are more than just their jobs, that’s why we offer benefits that enhance work life. Some of Deakin’s workplace benefits include:

  • 17% superannuation
  • flexible work arrangements
  • discounts with third party suppliers for health insurance, car rentals, IT and more

About us

The flexible learning options we provide our students and our diverse team of professionals and academic experts has enabled us to achieve a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds. For eight consecutive years, we’ve achieved the highest level of overall student satisfaction among Victorian universities.

We have a network of campuses, learning centres and research centres across Victoria and corporate offices in Melbourne, China, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. Our online Cloud campus provides more than 13,000 students with access to state-of-the-art digital tools and direct access to world-renowned academics.

As a Victorian university with a global impact, Deakin is translating its research into commercial outcomes that will help drive innovation for Australia’s economy.

All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria along with a Cover Letter and Resume.

Job closes on 30 May 2019

For further information please contact Trent Buckland on (03) 5227 3607

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At Deakin we value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community.  We recognise that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and responsibilities. In many cases, academic careers can be put on hold through career breaks or part-time work arrangements to take on caring duties, gain experience in other industries, for medical reasons or other personal circumstances. 

Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Deakin University

How to apply for this role

Position Description : PD - Director, Development

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Director of Development, Advancement via Pro Bono Australia.


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