Alumni Coordinator- Graduations Speakers and Honorary Doctorates

Sydney, Australia
16 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Speaker identification, invitations, event coordination and stewardship
  • UNSW ambassador: work with high-profile achievers and luminaries
  • Sydney CBD; returning to Kensington Campus in 2018

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Executive Director: Alumni and Engagement, you will manage the graduation speaker process including identification, invitation management, coordinating associated events and stewardship.  Additionally, you will manage the processing of honorary doctorates in the Philanthropy Division.  Key responsibilities include: 

Identification of appropriate speakers for all UNSW Graduation Ceremonies, the invitation process and stewardship for each speaker, in consultation with relevant stakeholdersKey point of contact for the Philanthropy Division with the Graduations teamKey point of contact with the Governance team with respect to Honorary DoctoratesSupporting the Philanthropy leadership team with respect to the Honorary Doctorate process, and stewardship of recipients at the time of the ceremonyResearch and writing Honorary Doctorate nominationsLiaising with appropriate stakeholders and contribute to relevant projects and initiativesCooperating with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university 

About the successful candidate

You are an exceptional ambassador with excellent research and communication skills, and the ability to engage easily with a broad range of stakeholders including VIPs. Key requirements include:

  • Project coordination
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including the ability to liaise effectively with all stakeholders
  • High-level organisational skills and proven ability to multi-task, establish priorities and meet deadlines
  • Proficient level of computer literacy with excellent skills in Microsoft Office applications and databases
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across multiple teams and areas
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative, think independently and take responsibility
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities

The Organisation

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

Philanthropy is critical to the success of the 2025 Strategy, UNSW’s strategic plan that sets out the priorities and themes that will guide us over the next decade as we position ourselves as 'Australia’s Global University’.

Beginning with the appointment of a new Vice-President, Philanthropy in February 2016, UNSW is committed to building a world-class development and engagement team organisation that will advance UNSW’s ambitious goals.  Our Development and International Development teams work closely with individuals, corporations, and foundations to raise philanthropic support for the university’s highest priorities.  Our Alumni and Engagement team helps encourage the involvement of alumni and friends in Sydney and around the world in the life of UNSW.  Our Operations Team ensures that all UNSW donors, alumni and friends receive a consistent and high standard of service and stewardship.

To Apply:

Visit and enter job 59688 to submit your resume and cover letter (addressing the selection criteria). Please note all documentation must be in pdf format.

Applications close: 11:59pm, 3rd October 2017


Shiree Thomas

Talent Acquisition Consultant


T: 02 9385 2401 

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.