Senior Philanthropy Manager

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 17 Mar 2024

  • Prime opportunity to support the Philanthropy Unit
  • HEW 9, Permanent and full-time position in a central Hawthorn location
  • Staff benefits include discounted study fees and options for hybrid work

About the Role 
Are you a seasoned fundraising professional looking to make a significant impact in Higher Education? We are seeking a Senior Philanthropy Manager to lead our efforts in cultivating institutional relationships and securing major gifts to drive philanthropic investment into our university.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to work closely with major donors and prospects, including individuals, Trusts and Foundations, PAFs, and corporate partners. Reporting to the Associate Director, Philanthropy, you will play a key role in identifying and developing philanthropic opportunities that align with our Horizon 2025 strategic vision.

As a vital member of our dedicated team, you will collaborate with Schools, Centres, and researchers to develop, secure, and steward strategic philanthropic relationships. Your strategic mindset, creative approach, and exceptional communication skills will be essential in exceeding our philanthropic targets.

Join us in driving positive change and making a difference at Swinburne University of Technology. Apply now to be a part of our dynamic team!

About You  
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 

  • Demonstrated fundraising experience at a senior level, preferably in a tertiary education environment, with a sound knowledge of appropriate concepts, methods, and practices.  
  • A passion for supporting Higher Education through philanthropic relationships.
  • Demonstrated high level of experience negotiating and delivering major gifts (preferably six figure gifts or greater). 
  • Demonstrated high-level ability and practical experience in working with donor database systems (e.g., Raiser’s Edge). 
  • Strong people engagement, relationship development and customer service orientation.
  • Willing team player and contributor to objectives of the fundraising, bequests, and communications plans of the Philanthropy team.

  • Post graduate qualification or marketing/business degree with subsequent relevant fundraising/business development experience; or extensive experience and specialist expertise or broad knowledge in fundraising; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

About Swinburne University of Technology 

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.  

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For more information about the role, please reach out to Eve [email protected] 

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

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on [email protected]

Applications Close: Sunday March 17th at 11pm 

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact [email protected]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact [email protected] or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Victoria’s Commitment to Action: Improving international student employment outcomes 
As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action , Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant


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