Manager, Philanthropy

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime


  • Full-time, Continuing position
  • Salary Level HEW 9  + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, and hybrid ways of working

About You
The Manager, Philanthropy (Trusts and Foundations) is a senior role within the RMIT Philanthropy team. This role will work with the Associate Director, Philanthropy to deliver the philanthropy strategy and build upon the capacity and involvement of RMIT staff to drive philanthropic outcomes. The Manager,  Philanthropy (Trusts & Foundations)  will  oversee  the  development  of  a  strong  pipeline,  identify  and  engage  prospective donors, build relationships and raise philanthropic funds to support the University’s vision and strategy, and drive the formulation and execution of targeted fundraising and donor engagement plans. The role also involves working with senior executives, academics and professional colleagues and uplifting their capacity to be effective in philanthropic activity. The Manager, Philanthropy will serve as a source of advice and guidance in fundraising at RMIT, helping to build enterprise-wide understanding and expertise around fundraising and how philanthropy relates to, and enhances the University.

To be successful in this position, you’ll have as a minimum:

  • Highly motivated and pro-active with a minimum of 5 years of experience and a proven track record in fundraising within a major organisation, including cultivation, gift closing and stewardship.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to influence and negotiate at all levels.  
  • Excellent  relationship  building  and  negotiation  skills  with  the  ability  to  work  effectively  with  Portfolio  staff, academics, administrators and students as well as potential donors. 
  • Strong track record and proven ability to engage and develop team capability to achieve stretch objectives.   
  • High degree of computer literacy including databases.   
  • Strong  diagnostic /analytical  and  problem  solving  skills  and  demonstrated  ability  to  develop  innovative  and creative solutions

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children and National Police Check.

About the Portfolio

The International and Engagement group is led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International & Engagement and Vice President, and consists of the following portfolios:

• Global

• RMIT Vietnam 

• RMIT Europe

• University Communications

• Experience (Global Student Recruitment; Global Marketing and Regional Hubs; Market Intelligence & Propositions; Digital & Experience)

• Business Development, Philanthropy, RMIT Culture

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page.

For further information about this position, please see the Position Description hyperlinked below or contact Larisa Ahadi via email [email protected] .

Position Description - Manager, Philanthropy


Applications Close:
7 Dec 2023 11.59 pm

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 Isla n der community.  

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