University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Associate Director, Philanthropic Strategy (MDHS)



Associate Director, Philanthropic Strategy (MDHS)

Job no: 0062089 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Continuing Department: Advancement Salary: UOM 10 – $143,0913 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Identify and assess the Medical, Dental & Health Science (MDHS) Faculty's top philanthropic solicitations
  • Brilliant benefits and a flexible hybrid work environment!
  • About the Role Do you want to propel world-changing medical breakthroughs? The Associate Director, Philanthropic Strategy, is a critical player in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS). By strategically identifying Faculty priorities and crafting compelling proposals, you'll turn visionary ideas into reality through impactful philanthropy. Partnering with over 6,000 researchers and leading a dedicated team, you'll secure the resources needed to revolutionize healthcare. This leadership role demands sharp analysis, shrewd planning, and the ability to inspire action. Join us and make a lasting difference in global health.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Craft Philanthropic Strategy: Partner with Faculty to identify priorities, translate complex ideas into compelling content, and develop a winning strategy.
  • Build a Funding Arsenal: Identify and assess MDHS research strengths, creating a deep understanding to inform fundraising efforts.
  • Lead and Support: Oversee project management, govern philanthropic priorities, and empower Faculty leadership through workshops and presentations.
  • Who we are looking for We seek a highly motivated leader with a proven track record of providing strategic advice and navigating complex negotiations. They excel at building strong relationships and influencing stakeholders across all levels of the organization. This individual thrives in a collaborative environment while demonstrating strong ethical leadership and discretion, especially when dealing with sensitive donor information.

    You will also have:

  • An undergraduate qualification in a relevant discipline (with extensive relevant experience); or an equivalent combination of relevant extensive experience and education/training.
  • Proven ability to operate at a creative and conceptual level, using initiative to identify opportunities, linkages and overcome challenges.
  • Expert organisational and critical thinking skills, including the ability to absorb, interpret and articulate data and information from multiple sources to identify and prioritise actions.
  • Excellent program/project management skills, including the ability to set and meet deadlines, work efficiently on multiple projects, and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Proven record of writing proposals and/or business cases, budgets, reports, proposals and project plan for significant projects and gifts (100,000+).
  • Professional skills and knowledge of Advancement in higher education, ideally in Australia and an understanding of major international and national trends in Advancement.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the attached PD.

    Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

    Your new team – Advancement The Advancement Office aims to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its alumni, friends, and benefactors. It is responsible for the management of programs relating to alumni and benefactors and provides services to and works collaboratively with faculties and other central administration areas.

    What we offer you! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services, and discounts on graduate courses. For more information check out our benefits page!

    The University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities, and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality, and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at [email protected], with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture, and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Susan Bradley via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    Applications close: Sunday 14 April 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

    Advertised: 27 Mar 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 14 Apr 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Associate Director, Philanthropic Strategy (MDHS)


    University of Melbourne




    March 27, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 14, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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