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Chief Development Officer

Organisation : UNSW

Location : Sydney (Kensington)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Fundraising

Sector : Conservation & Environment, Education & Training, Law, Justice & Human Rights, Research / Medical Research, Science & Technology

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 6 Dec, 2020

About the role

The University has made significant progress with its innovative, ambitious and altruistic agenda, reflecting a conviction across the university community — including its supporters – that UNSW has the potential to achieve great things.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require a commitment to excellence, an innovative spirit, boundless energy and substantial resources. This is an opportunity for an exceptionally talented individual to lead fundraising for an exceptional institution.

Fundraising at UNSW has reached a significant milestone and impressive achievements, and is half-way towards a fundraising target of $650 million. Areas of focus for fundraising for include challenging inequality, environment and climate change, arts and cultural vibrancy, innovation and leadership, student life and scholarships and ground-breaking research.

The Chief Development Officer will work closely with senior leaders at UNSW including the Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ian Jacobs, along with members of the UNSW Foundation Board, chaired by Mr David M. Gonski AC (Chair & Chancellor).

This is a new leadership role leading an extended team of 45 staff within the newly formed Division of External Engagement. The CDO is tasked with developing an inspiring and compelling ‘case for support’ in areas where UNSW is seeking philanthropic investment for our teaching and research; areas such as: climate change, cancer, human rights, quantum computing, and solar technology.

The right candidate brings extensive experience directing fundraising campaigns with multiple and complex case priorities and internal and external stakeholders and networks, where significant fundraising targets have been achieved or exceeded. In addition, the new CDO will have a strong track record in setting strategy, current knowledge of global higher education sector issues and a record of innovation and driving change.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : UNSW

UNSW has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focussing on areas critical to our future – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies.

The University aims to make an impact on people’s lives around the world. Its research informs policy and expert commentary on key issues facing society. These range from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to public health and population ageing.

The University’s ambition for the next decade is to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. This aspiration is based upon the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

How to apply

To learn more, and to apply, please contact Dr Rosalind De Sailly via email at

Please quote in application: Chief Development Officer via Pro Bono Australia.



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