Senior Development Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Crawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 17 Apr 2023

Job no:514046
Work type:full time
Categories:Community Engagement/Marketing

Development and Alumni Relations

  • Create tremendous impact in the area of bequests and cultural projects
  • Full-time appointment on an ongoing basis
  • Base salary range: Level 7 $92,679 – $102,830 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

Development and Alumni Relations [DAR] oversees the University’s alumni engagement and philanthropic strategy.  The function works collaboratively across the University to ensure the advancement strategy is built into outreach efforts across campus. The core responsibility of the development team is to build on the University’s community relations and secure philanthropic support for the University.

DAR works with a broad range of individual and corporate stakeholders whose investment as ambassadors, advocates, volunteers and donors are key to the University’s long term future, inclusive of:

  • Alumni including graduates, staff and former students and staff
  • Donors
  • Corporate and business entities
  • Foundations and Trusts
  • Community organisations
  • Government
  • Friends and Volunteers

About the opportunity

As the appointee you will, under broad direction, participate in planning and implementing a range of fundraising initiatives and engagement opportunities designed to establish and cultivate relationships between the University and prospective bequest donors and engage meaningfully with confirmed bequest donors.

You will also work collaboratively with other development staff to assist with fundraising for cultural projects and other initiatives targeted to meet University-wide priorities, specifically identifying prospects and securing major gifts of $25,000 and higher.

About you 

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or demonstrated equivalent competency
  • Knowledge of advancement in higher education and an understanding of major international and national advancement and in particular bequest trends
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated consultation, collaborative networking and negotiation skills and the ability to develop high quality relationships Highly developed organisational skills with the demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines
  • Sound research and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative, problem solve and work productively as part of a team
  • Proficiency in a range of computing skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet and email
  • Experience in fundraising and stewardship of major donors is desirable

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   Senior Development Officer -514046.pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Monday 17th April

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Claire Lenyk Senior Development Manager on (08) 6488 3843 or at

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

Advertised:04 Apr 2023 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:17 Apr 2023 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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