University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Senior Prospect Researcher



Senior Prospect Researcher

Job no: 0019125 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Continuing Department: Advancement Salary: UOM 7 – $102,338 – $110,780 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Conduct fundraising research to identify key donors for the University
  • Work among a growing Advancement team with some of the best fundraisers in the country
  • 17% super, excellent benefits, and a flexible hybrid work environment!
  • About the Role The Senior Prospect Researcher, Prospect Research & Management is responsible for conducting fundraising research using business information, media, due diligence and biographic research tools in order to analyse and identify individuals, foundations and corporations capable of providing significant support to the University at the Leadership Giving, Major Gifts and Principal Gifts levels.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Prepare accurate, well written, concise profiles synthesizing and analysing research information, including bullet, short and full profiles for key events and meetings for fundraising and Senior Executive staff.
  • Support key fundraising campaigns and projects by matching and identifying prospects for an approach and assignment, ensuring that the list supplied is at an appropriate valuation level.
  • Undertake portfolio reviews with fundraising staff in Leadership and/or Major Giving programs, ensuring appropriate tracking of prospect stages and the supply of fresh prospects with a view to ensuring portfolio optimisation.
  • Who we are looking for We're looking for people who have outstanding written communication, editing and analytical skills, with a creative approach to problem solving. You should show initiative, taking ownership of delivery, and sound judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive information on alumni, prospects and donors and issues pertaining to privacy.

    You will also have:

  • Ideally you have a degree in a relevant discipline with substantial experience or an equivalent combination of substantial relevant industry experience, education and training as per the current Enterprise Agreement classifications
  • Demonstrated experience in a prospect research environment in a work- related context
  • Experience in utilising online research tools
  • In depth understanding of the fundraising landscape in Australia and internationally
  • Understanding and experience of capacity rating is desirable.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the attached PD.

    To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

    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 any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

    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:


    -Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience and addressing the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in a prospect research environment in a work-related context
  • Understanding and experience of capacity rating
  • Experience in harnessing technology to support your research
  • If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact the Professional Talent Acquisition Team via email at Professional- [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application with this email address.

    Applications close: Monday 4th 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

    Position Description: RFQ09693-ADV-ProspectResearchandManagementPD (1).pdf

    Advertised: 17 Nov 2023 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 04 Dec 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Job details


    Senior Prospect Researcher


    University of Melbourne




    November 17, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 04, 2023

    Job type



    Education,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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