Development Manager

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$103,364 – $112,981 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
24 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
10 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Development and Alumni Relations

  • Create tremendous social and health impact through building strategic donor relationships
  • Full-time appointment on an ongoing basis
  • Base salary range: Level 8 $103,364 – $112,981 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

Development and Alumni Relations [DAR] oversees the University’s alumni, philanthropic and community strategies. The function works collaboratively across the University to embed philanthropic and engagement activity into the University’s operations. The core responsibility of the team is to lead and build on the University’s alumni, donor and community relations to advance the University’s goals.

About the opportunity

As the appointee you will, under broad direction, be integral to establishing and fostering important philanthropic relationships and managing a portfolio of current and prospective donors to secure major and legacy gifts on behalf of the University. You will work collaboratively with other development team members to plan, implement and evaluate a variety of fundraising activities to meet the University wide priorities.

Predominantly, this position will focus on philanthropic trusts and foundations and engaging with their staff, trustees and executives to demonstrate impact and advocate for the university’s research programs, through exceptional written and oral communication.

About you

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or demonstrated equivalent competency
  • Substantial experience in successfully managing fundraising programs and stewardship of major and bequest donors, with a preference for experience in the identification and cultivation of prospective donors within a large not-for-profit organisation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including strong negotiation skills, sensitivity and the ability to relate to a broad cross section of people both internally and externally
  • Ability to work autonomously to progress the a philanthropic major gift pipeline of diverse prospective and existing donors
  • Strong understanding of the environment and law surrounding charity fundraising within Australia
  • Professional skills and knowledge of advancement in higher education and an understanding of major international and national trends

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: 514104 - Development Manager .pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Monday 10th April 

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Laura Burton on (08) 6488 4222 or at

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

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