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Senior Manager, Donor Relations

Organisation : Monash University (ERDA) (Gembridge)

Location : Melbourne (Clayton, Caulfield, CBD & WFH)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Fundraising, Grants & Philanthropy

Sector : Education & Training

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 9 Jul, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Monash University (ERDA) (Gembridge)

About the role

  • Impactful leadership role
  • Add your creative flair & donor-centric approach
  • HEW Level 9 (plus 17% superannuation)

Monash is a university of transformation, progress and optimism. Monash ranks among the world’s top 100, and has a number of campuses including Clayton, Caulfield, Melbourne CBD and Malaysia. The University recently launched it’s first ever-institutional philanthropy campaign ‘Change it. For good’, which underpins their ambitious advancement and fundraising goals. The campaign is one of the largest, most ambitious and impactful campaigns in Higher Education fundraising globally and creates an incredible platform from which to achieve fundraising success and to engage partners to make a difference.
The Development team is part of External Relations, Development and Alumni portfolio (ERDA) and comprises approximately 40 dedicated, collaborative and highly-regarded development professionals. ERDA sits within the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor and includes alumni relations, communications, fundraising, external engagement, donor programs, and community engagement activities for the University, nationally and internationally. Visit to learn more.
Reporting to the Director, Development Services, and leading a small team of 3, the Senior Manager, Donor Relations will lead the development of the donor relations with collaboration, creativity and excellent systems to underpin best practice fundraising. This includes gift confirmation, implementation and processing functions to meet the scale and demands of a philanthropic program that has demonstrated significant growth. Robust policies, procedures and compliance, together with effective systems will be essential to enhance positive donor touch points including proposals, acquittal and impact reports, acknowledgement and recognition, and engagement events.
Relationships are the cornerstone to ERDA’s success, and you will implement a comprehensive stewardship program that enhances donor engagement and contributes to the retention and growth of philanthropic support. Creativity, strategic thinking and project management will be essential to deliver meaningful events, moments and behind the scenes experiences that connect the hearts and minds of donors to Monash University.
About YOU

  • Relevant experience in major gift fundraising, or transferrable experience (ie, private banking)
  • Highly organised and creative to deliver engaging events that will engage, connect, surprise and delight donors
  • Stakeholder engagement skills, and ability to operate effectively in a large and complex organisation
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to liaise, consult and negotiate confidently and professionally with external and internal stakeholders, across ERDA and the broader University
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications, CFRE or membership of Fundraising Institute of Australia is highly regarded    

Along with a rewarding career, Monash University provides a competitive remuneration package, and a flexible and supportive workplace with excellent opportunities for learning, progression and development.

APPLY NOW if you are a creative, collaborative and inspiring leader that can deliver robust systems, governance and administration aspects of a major philanthropic program, together with strong relationships and meaningful donor engagement.
Gembridge is proud to partner with Monash University.
For a confidential discussion, please contact Michelle Varcoe or Parool Shah on 03 8375 9661 or email

How to apply


Please quote in application: Senior Manager, Donor Relations via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Fundraising, #Grants_and_Philanthropy
Sector: #Education_and_Training


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