Chief Advancement Officer

Sydney, Australia
25 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Chief Advancement Officer

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are committed to creating opportunities for our students and extending our knowledge and learning to increase the benefits we deliver for society.

We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia's top young university.

We are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we value diversity and are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines.

UTS Advancement

The mission of UTS Advancement is to empower UTS alumni and friends to match their passions with UTS priorities. 

UTS Advancement is responsible for growing the culture of philanthropy throughout the University, leading and managing philanthropic gifts on behalf of UTS, responsible for developing and delivering a range of engagement opportunities with the growing UTS alumni network (of over 210,000).

The impact of giving is shown through scholarships that remove financial barriers to education; research that solves diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; Indigenous students achieving their educational goals; and the promotion of youth mental wellness.

The Role

This is a newly created role that reports directly to the Vice President, Advancement (VPA) and is a member of the UTS Advancement Leadership Team.

You will provide vision, leadership and oversight, as well as drive collaboration.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • ensuring the development and implementation of coordinated and successful programs.
  • supporting the VPA and provide thoughtful advice and contribute in powerful ways to the strategic direction of UTS Advancement
  • leading the development and implementation of a continuous improvement philosophy that includes benchmarking, ambitious targets and peer-based performance outcomes
  • developing strategic and operational plans
  • taking personal responsibility for a portfolio of high net worth current and prospective donors
  • overseeing the management of principal and major gift prospects
  • working collaboratively with other members of the leadership team to develop and implement effective advancement communication strategies
  • identifying University-aligned philanthropic opportunities, targets and potential supporters, closely partnering with stakeholders to achieve targets

About You

To be successful in this role, you will be a:

  • collaborative and inspirational leader, able to promote a culture of philanthropy and engagement;
  • strategic thinker, able to articulate a vision and develop, drive, execute and deliver advancement strategies and initiatives;
  • highly-effective influencer, able to lead the development and maintenance of meaningful relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, your negotiation and communication skills will command respect and confidence of senior leaders and colleagues;
  • change agent, demonstrating the ability to embrace, initiate and drive change and engage others on the journey;
  • successful fundraiser, with experience in successfully leading and developing advancement and alumni programs; and
  • an accomplished manager and motivator of staff, inspiring your team to achieve great results.

Whilst knowledge of Higher Education fundraising will be of interest to us, we would be delighted to engage with individuals possessing evidence of their ability to develop, drive, executive and deliver advancement programs, with substantial fundraising success, in a major non-HE organisation.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered.

This position is full-time.

With generous leave benefits, 17% superannuation in addition to base salary, programs and activities to support to health and wellbeing and salary packaging opportunities, we're committed to ensuring our people feel valued.

Our Ultimo campus is conveniently located within walking distance from Central Station and bus services. Inclusive of a gym, onsite medical, health and childcare facilities: we're dedicated to a healthy and happy workplace.

Furthermore, according to the Global Liveability Index 2019 released by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Sydney is one of the three most livable cities globally, based on stability, healthcare system, culture and environment, education and infrastructure

How to Apply

To receive a copy of the Position Description, including relevant selection criteria, and to hear directly from our Vice-President Advancement, Celia Hurley, on her thoughts on this role, please contact Mark Glaze, Recruitment Manager, on or via +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Full application instructions will be provided, however, please note that as part of your application, you will be required to address the selection criteria.

Closing Date:  Friday 18 October 2019 at 11.59pm (AEST)

We are committed to diversity and social inclusion, evidenced by our WGEA Employer of Choice citation, Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy and the UTS Access and Inclusion Plan. We welcome applications from women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as GLBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.