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Head of Strategic Philanthropic Proposals

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
10 Mar 2024

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About the Opportunity

As our next Head of Strategic Philanthropic Proposals you will lead strategic proposition development and the creation of sophisticated proposals for philanthropic gifts, working across the University's major gifts ($100k+) and principal gifts ($10M+). The role is highly strategic and influential, working with academic partners and frontline fundraisers to develop transformative ideas that can be enabled by philanthropy. These proposals articulate the potential impact of ambitious initiatives across the University, to prospective donors.

About the Portfolio

The portfolio is responsible for building relationships with donors that drive financial support for education, research, and other initiatives at the University, including cancer research, restoring vision, reviving ancient languages, solving the hunger crisis, saving endangered species, diabetes prevention, and more.

The portfolio ran the most successful fundraising program in Australian higher education. Having completed the nation's first $1BN fundraising campaign, the team are now planning the next, which will see even more impressive targets. It is an opportune time to join a successful, growing team, and to make a major contribution to the incredible real-world impacts that philanthropy makes possible:

Interested. Tell me more

You and your team will draft and manage fundraising proposals for major and principal gifts covering, for example, scholarship programs, multidisciplinary research projects, or the development of buildings and other infrastructure. These proposals may be to high-net-worth individuals, foundations or companies.

As the University of Sydney executes its 2023 Strategic Plan ( the Head of Strategic Philanthropic Proposals will play an increasing role in supporting the articulation and development of University and Faculty strategic initiatives in a philanthropic context.

Increasingly, our donors are seeking to understand the real impact of their potential philanthropy and desire a sophisticated business case underpinning their funding. This role will be responsible for driving innovation and improvement in our propositions and proposals, matching the increasing sophistication and maturity of philanthropic giving in Australia.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Head of Strategic Philanthropic Proposals who:

  • Understand and are highly motivated by how philanthropy has the power to change the world
  • Posses exceptional interpersonal skills with demonstrable ability to independently engage and influence University senior colleagues as required, varying from interviewing top researchers about their work, to coaching development colleagues in proposal development activities: proposition development, structure, format, budgeting
  • Bring detailed research skills to inform translating highly technical source material into a donor centric narrative; balancing details with the big picture
  • Has experience in continual process improvement and in adapting to sector trends
  • Have demonstrable experience writing in formal and informal styles, and consistently produce high quality, engaging content
  • Apply an eye for accuracy, detail and a flair for design to the visual presentation of documents
  • Employ sound project management to ensuring timely development, production, delivery, peer review and approval of proposal documents
  • Have managed a small team and have a demonstrated ability to coach and develop team members
  • This role supports colleagues across the broad spectrum of University disciplines, however, a keen interest or formal background in science would be advantageous, as many proposals are in support of scientific, engineering, or medical disciplines.

Closing date for applications

11:59pm, Sunday 10th March 2024

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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