Senior Development Officer (Fundraising & Communications)

Job no: 506106
Work type: Fixed term - Part-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: External Relations, HEO7

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(HE07) $89,399 to $99,987 per annum (pro rata) plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply.

Part-time (0.4FTE) job share role, fixed term position available until October 2022.

We are seeking a Senior Development Officer (Fundraising & Communications) to join our progressive Advancement Team to build philanthropic support and create impact in the University community.

The Advancement Unit, located in the External Relations Branch, is responsible for the leadership and delivery of key strategic fundraising and alumni engagement programs to support the priorities of The University of Adelaide.

As a highly collaborative team member, the Senior Development Officer (Fundraising & Communications) works closely with the Advancement team to drive strategy and effectively use external communication channels. The successful candidate will have the ability to build compelling stories and assist with content development to increase the profile of philanthropic giving and retain supporters. 

This role will also have responsibility for direct marketing driven donor acquisition and retention building appeals, growth in retained and recurring donors, increased alumni awareness and media campaigns inclusive of social and digital channels.

To be successful you will need:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with previous content development experience.
  • Able to inspire others, build trust and persuade them to commit to a cause.
  • Evidence of an understanding of the principles and goals of fundraising and philanthropy within the context of Higher Education.
  • Previous experience in annual fundraising, direct marketing and/or communications, in particular digital fundraising or marketing.
  • High level planning, organisational and project management skills with a proven strong attention to detail and a highly developed sense of quality.
  • Analytical and strategic thinking abilities with effective problem solving, negotiation and decision-making skills.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaboration - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career. 

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration. 

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff. 

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University. 

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities. 

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Your Branch's broader role

 The Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President leads Adelaide's strategic vision and plan, and is responsible for the University's management and administration. It includes the Council Secretariat and External Relations branch.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 27 October 2021.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Yvonne Martin-Clark

Interim Director of Advancement

External Relations

P: +61 (8) 8313 8616


You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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