Director, Development

Brisbane, Australia
26 Oct 2018
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26 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Throughout its history, The University of Queensland has benefited from the support of its alumni and friends to enhance funding, deliver world-class research and allow students to reach their full potential. The St Lucia campus rests on land gifted through the Mayne siblings and the School of Veterinary Science continues to use farmland at Pinjarra Hills, donated to the University in the early 1920s. The modern research-intensive University is supported by a partnership of significant philanthropy and leveraged grants from the government.

As UQ moves into its second century, the University is committed to solidifying its reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent public research universities. This involves strengthening our brand, improving our links with alumni and partners and promoting a strong culture of giving to significantly grow the sustainable level of philanthropic support the University receives annually. In line with this commitment the University launched its first major comprehensive campaign, Not if, When – The Campaign to Create Change in 2017, with the target of raising $500 million for strategic priorities aimed at empowering student success, transforming teaching and learning, and driving discovery and impact. To learn more about UQ’s campaign visit

The role

The Director, Development is responsible for overall guidance and management of the on-campus Advancement leaders and central development team. This position has significant scope to make a major impact in a growing area of the University to develop collaborative strategies to support the the whole of UQ acquisition of philanthropic gifts, primarily through the respectful coordination of major gift, leadership and bequest partnerships with UQ alumni and donors. 

The person 

Applicants should have extensive philanthropic fundraising experience, with a donor-centric approach, at a senior level with proven success in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts at the 7+ figure level. Demonstrated ability to effectively liaise with senior executives and diverse audiences, to influence and drive fundraising strategies is essential, in addition to the ability to be an innovative and attentive leader, who inspires trust, and is capable of building a high-performing, skilled and energetic results-oriented team. 

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to Alexander Jackson on (07) 3346 0404 or by email at


This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment at HEW Level 10. The total remuneration package for this position will be in the range $144,943 to $193,416.

Position Description

Download File Director_Development.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Sharon Christodoulou, Executive Officer to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) on +61 7 3365 3397 or

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