Senior Advisor Research

Melbourne, Australia
13 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Convenient CBD location
  • Full time, Fixed term position until April 2019
  • $93,819 - $105,657 + super

Do you thrive on finding information, connecting the dots and sharing this to make things happen? RMIT's alumni and philanthropy team is looking for an experienced researcher/analyst who can add value to the team. If you are a great researcher and communicator and a team player talk to us.

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

The Global Development Portfolio is responsible for making RMIT genuinely global in reputation, operations and outlook. Under the leadership of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Development) and Vice President, the portfolio:

  • identifies, reviews and harnesses opportunities to further enhance RMIT's global model,
  • nurtures RMIT alumni and stewards RMIT's philanthropic activity,
  • leads and coordinates RMIT's global education partnerships,
  • manages global experience opportunities for RMIT students, staff and alumni.

In addition, it connects and coordinates RMIT's presences throughout the world including RMIT entities in Australia, Vietnam and Europe (Spain) and representative offices in other countries.

The Role & Your Responsibilities

In consultation with the Leader Information Services, the Senior Advisor Research will provide specialised, high quality analytical prospect research and analysis using a variety of sources and strategies, to provide accurate, timely, and strategic information to the development staff in relation to prospective donors. The Senior Advisor Research will create prospect profiles and reports on potential donors through the use of electronic resources and printed reference materials. Provide extensive analysis and data in reports, including evaluation of results and recommendation for cultivation strategies. Liaise and co-create with Advancement Office to assess information needs and effectiveness of research. A key component of the role will be to proactively initiate strategies to identify prospects.

Skills & Experience Required

You will initiate and develop strategies to identify and investigate new prospects for fundraising from corporations, foundations and individuals using print sources, electronic media, news alerts, philanthropic databases and other sources.

You will also be responsible for preparing confidential briefings and profiles to identify and develop relationships with key university stakeholders. Important to your success in this role will be your significant demonstrated experience in conducting prospect research, with demonstrated strength in assessing wealth, giving capacity and affinity. Your ability to interpret data will see you review publications to uncover current information about higher education, philanthropy and trends in various constituency fields and disseminate this information to appropriate stakeholders. Excellent writing skills and ability to produce concise research and reporting documents with attention to detail, accuracy, and appropriate thoroughness will also be critical in this role.

To Apply

To view a position description, please visit and search using job# 562919.

Applications close on Tuesday 27 March 2018.

Applicants must separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.