Philanthropy Project Manager

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Apr 21, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0044507
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full time; Continuing
Advancement (Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences)
UOM 8 – $108,009– $116,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Join Australia's #1 University in this full time, continuing role
  • Opportunity to lead and deliver advancement projects as a member of the Advancement team (MDHS)
  • Flexible hybrid working arrangements and generous employee benefits

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About MDHS Advancement

The Advancement cluster within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences works to promote the long-term success of the Faculty and the University by building mutually beneficial relationships. Advancement (MDHS) works actively and collaboratively with colleagues across the University, partner hospitals and research institutes, to enhance the teaching and learning, research and engagement strategies of the Faculty. Advancement (MDHS) aims to develop a culture of philanthropy throughout the Faculty and ultimately secure increased funding for research, academic leadership, student scholarship, teaching programs and major projects.

About the Role

The Philanthropy Project Manager, will have substantial influence on the capacity of the Advancement team to deliver transformational gifts ($5 million+) for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Reporting to the Deputy Director, Advancement and working closely with the Director of Advancement MDHS and the Advancement leadership team, the Project Manager will require high level communication, judgement and analytical skills.

Specifically, the Philanthropy Project Manager will be responsible for providing leadership and delivery of advancement projects to support a multi-faceted fundraising program, which consists of multi-project and multi-donor management. Critically, the role requires a deep understanding and experience of working with senior advancement professionals, donors and key stakeholders to bring transformational gifts to fruition. This includes developing and writing complex proposals and briefings, and strong collaboration to ensure effective gift processing and stewardship.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Manage key projects for the MDHS Advancement team. These projects are strategically significant philanthropic projects (themes), often requiring a philanthropic investment of $5 million or more and containing several sub-projects, requiring a multi-donor commitment to realise
  • Provide internal and external follow-up to support the Director of Advancement (MDHS) and Deputy Director Principal & Major Gifts (MDHS)
  • Assist the Deputy Director, Development (MDHS) in preparing, monitoring and reporting on philanthropic progress to MDHS and University-wide Advancement leadership
  • Work with the Deputy Director, Principal & Major Gifts (MDHS) to develop, implement and deliver a fundraising strategy to maximise philanthropic income for MDHS priority areas (themes) by maintaining a register of priority philanthropic projects

About You

The successful candidate will demonstrate high level experience in major gift fundraising within a complex environment, ideally in health or education. Consideration will also be given to candidates with stakeholder management or business development experience gained within the higher education sector. Fundamental to success will be the ability to work with donors, fundraisers and academics to bring transformational gifts to fruition. A flexible and adaptable approach with robust communication and interpersonal skills will also be key.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A degree with considerable subsequent relevant experience and/or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Demonstrated experience and confidence in working with and for senior executives
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in working on or leading complex project development and implementation, involving multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to translate strategy into tangible project plans and contribute to the planning, scoping, case development and timely delivery of projects

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

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If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience. You are not expected to provide detailed responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description, however, please highlight your suitability for the role in your cover letter with the selection criteria in mind.

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Applications close: Sunday 22 MAY 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time