Manager, Alumni & Community Relations

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 1076137

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We are seeking an experienced, strategic, and creative leader to work in collaboration with our faculty-focused Advancement teams to drive Curtin’s alumni and community relations strategy into the future.
The major bodies of work include the delivery of the university-wide alumni and community relations program that can be optimised to increase meaningful alumni engagement and giving to the faculties.
This is an exciting, varied, and challenging role that will enable you to be part of the next phase of enhancing Curtin’s Advancement program.

In this role you will:

  • Lead a small team to drive the university-wide alumni and community relations strategy on a local, national and global scale;
  • Work with faculty Advancement teams to support meaningful alumni engagement and giving to the faculties;
  • Work with Curtin Global and the faculties to drive international alumni engagement;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with various alumni groups, including leading alumni, future alumni, donors and volunteers;
  • Participate as an active member of the Advancement leadership team;
  • Contribute to university-wide Advancement campaigns.  
To be successful in this role, you will be a strategic, passionate and creative individual who:
  • Has extensive experience in implementing strategic plans cost effectively, including creating and delivering programs, events, and initiatives to achieve desired outcomes;
  • Has strong leadership experience;
  • Is an avid networker who is highly motivated by working with a wide range of people;
  • Has a keen interest in helping to change the world through the power of higher education.  

Please note you will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role to be considered.


To learn more about this opportunity, please contact

John Fitzgerald, Deputy Director, University Advancement

via 9266 2994 or

About us

‘Advancement’ refers to a comprehensive program of fostering discretionary funding and in-kind support required to advance the University’s strategy of People, Planet and Partnership. Our dominant concern is the acquisition of strategic relationships that can help the University financially and reputationally.


The Alumni and Community Relations portfolio is integral to the Advancement program. We work to build a sustained culture of reciprocity on a global scale by delivering value to alumni and providing a myriad of opportunities for them to give back. Our primary medium for doing this is through faculty-tailored alumni and community engagement programs.

Curtin University

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements and superannuation, flexible working arrangements, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

For more information about our university, please visit

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Please provide a cover letter broadly addressing the selection criteria noted below (no more than two pages) and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.
Essential Criteria 

  • Completion of a degree with extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement and/or fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of strategies and plans to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and management.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects, competing priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Demonstrated professional writing, presentation, and verbal communication skills, with the ability to prepare clear, accurate and timely communication materials, for diverse, multi-cultural audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and build relationships with a diverse range of people, including senior leaders, both internal and external to the organisation.
  • Ability to solve complex problems.
  • Demonstrated experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar customer relationship management database.  
  • Desirable Criteria 
  • Experience in a tertiary education environment, particularly in alumni relations and/or fundraising.
  • Experience in bequests and/or annual giving initiatives such as direct mail, telephone and online giving.
  • Experience in communications.  
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    Applications close: 10PM AWST Sunday 11 June 2023.
    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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