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Job no: 0044542
Work type: Continuing
Location: Parkville

University of Melbourne, Advancement

  • Join Australia's Number 1 university
  • Negotiate complex, high-value bequests
  • Enjoy a vibrant culture that encourages work-life balance

Salary: $99,199 - $107,370 17% superannuation

The organisation

The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 university in Australia and among the leading universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education and numerous other world reputational rankings. With a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, it is at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and internationally.

The University of Melbourne's Advancement Office fosters and maximises mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its alumni, friends and benefactors. 

The role

Reporting to the Head of Bequests, you will contribute to the University-wide program to solicit, secure and manage Gifts in Wills and other planned gifts from alumni, staff and members of the wider University community and public. These will chiefly support Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. The University Library and cultural collections, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Asialink and Melbourne University Sport will also be included in your portfolio.

Your responsibilities will primarily focus on relationship management and will incorporate

  • the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of over 700 individuals;
  • co-ordination and administration of realised testamentary gifts;
  • securing, building and managing relationships with prospective and confirmed bequestors and their intermediaries, and
  • developing relationships with internal stakeholders including Deans, Associate Deans, Advancement, Heads of School, and colleagues across the Faculties and associated bodies.

Experience and skills required

You possess substantial fundraising experience in relationship management roles securing significantly sized bequests or other planned gifts. Experience dealing with high net worth individuals gained in a comparable corporate environment may be considered. You will require

  • the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a complex environment;
  • the ability to champion your mission both externally and internally; 
  • exemplary interpersonal skills, including effective listening, empathy and diplomacy, and the ability to build relationships within confidential and sensitive settings;
  • a demonstrated ability to plan and implement complex programs and projects; and
  • a track record in meeting and exceeding key performance indicators.

Experience with bequests and other planned gifts within a higher education context will be highly regarded. An affinity for, or experience of working in, philanthropy in the humanities, social sciences, creative arts or associated fields will also be an advantage. 

How to apply

Please do not apply via the University website. We have engaged the consultancy Breen Recruitment to assist in this recruitment.

To make a formal application, please send your resume and a covering letter addressing the Experience and Skills Required to using The University of Melbourne Bequests Manager HASS as your subject line.

For a confidential discussion, call Wendy Lown on +61 414 229 827.

Close date: 2 Apr 2018

This is a re-advertised position. Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Position Description and Selection Criteria

Download File 0044542.pdf

 For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria, please go to


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