Donor Relations Specialist

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Camperdown, NEW SOUTH WALES
Job Type: FullTime

Due to team growth, a new opportunity has arisen in the Donor Relations team, at The University of Sydney.

We are currently seeking a forward-thinking Donor Relations Specialist –Faculty Medicine and Health with strong strategic, stakeholder liaison and communication skills to join our portfolio.

Working closely with the Director, Faculty Medicine and Health, the Deputy Director, Donor Relations and the wider Advancement team, the Donor Relations Specialist – Faculty Medicine and Health, is responsible for developing bespoke stewardship for the University’s highest tier of donors so that this cohort of donors continues to engage with the University and considers giving again.  This work will be immersed in creating strategic and meaningful donor experiences, including executing targeted donor events, producing stewardship videos and delivering impact reports.  Ultimately, the role contributes to strengthening the University’s relationship with its most significant donors by demonstrating the impact of their gifts throughout Australia and the world.

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 Donor Relations Specialist – Faculty of Medicine and Health who: 

  • is passionate about building positive relationships, and has the innate ability to think strategically

  • is an outstanding communicator – you love communicating both verbally and using the written word to impart impact

  • has experience effectively working with and enabling success across a range of diverse, complex stakeholders, including senior University leadership

  • has exceptional organisational and time-management skills, including the ability to prioritise and work within often very tight deadlines  

  • is an ideas’ person and enjoys thinking outside the box - we are always looking at ways to creatively engage our most valued supporters, whether it’s through bespoke events, written communication or videos

  • is comfortable initiating analytical data gathering and reporting across relevant University teams so that donors can see gift impact represented both quantitatively and qualitatively

  • is a true team player, able to collaborate with colleagues across the wider Portfolio team and the University, including students and academics

About us

The Advancement Portfolio team at the University of Sydney is one of the most successful fundraising programs in Australian higher education. Having completed the nation’s first $1BN fundraising campaign and embarking on the next, the team is not only the finest performing, its success facilitates the largest real-world impact that philanthropic giving makes possible.

Since its inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to philanthropy and underpin our long-term strategy for excellence and growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

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.


Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position and for recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Sarah Scott at [email protected]

Closing Date 11:59PM, Sunday 10th March 2024

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

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.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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Sunday 10 March 2024 11:59 PM

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