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Executive Director Development

University of Sydney - Sydney, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


  • 2 newly created senior leadership opportunities with the Development team
  • Located on the Camperdown / Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, continuing positions offering competitive salary packages, including leave loading and generous contribution to employer superannuation

About the opportunities

The University is investing in Advancement as part of its move to a more sustainable financial footing and we are now seeking applications for two Executive Directors of Development to be part of the Advancement portfolio.

Executive Director of Development (Faculties)

Executive Director of Development (Health and Medical Sciences)

Two newly created positions within the Advancement Portfolio are exciting opportunities for professionals with a track record of raising seven figure gifts to join the most successful fundraising team in Australia.

As Executive Director of Development you will drive a team of fundraising professionals and develop an income generation strategy to facilitate the University's philanthropic relationships. We are looking for senior level executives, as both roles will play a key part in the implementation of the development strategy across the Advancement team including the major gifts, planned gifts and donor relations teams.

These roles are best suited to someone with extensive senior leadership and major gifts fundraising experience who would like to move into a role focusing on long-term relationships and strategies. It is essential that the incumbent is comfortable working collaboratively with the wider Major Gifts team to identify and cultivate prospects, including being a mentor and leader and an executive leader within the team.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Executive Director of Development, who:

  • Can provide vision, leadership, and oversight to the major giving planned giving, and donor relations program at the University of Sydney
  • Is a strategic leader and has worked on senior leadership teams, who can mentor, develop, and coach the Major Gifts, Bequests and Donor Relations teams
  • has an impressive track record of achievement and meeting stretch financial targets through ambitious and complex gift proposals
  • has a sound understanding and a strong interest in medicine and health / University faculties
  • is creative, with the ability to bring together the disparate interests of a donor and match them with an opportunity that brings together disaffiliated aspects of the University
  • has demonstrated sophisticated relationship building and management skills with the ability to engage internal and external stakeholders
  • has highly developed organisational and time-management skills, including the ability to prioritise own workload, to work consistently within busy schedules and to meet deadlines, whilst maintaining a focus on a longer horizon
  • possesses excellent professional demeanour, discretion and ability to confidently engage with sophisticated philanthropists.

About us

The Advancement Portfolio team at the University of Sydney is the most successful fundraising program in Australian higher education. Having just completed the nation's first $1BN fundraising campaign and embarking on the next, the team is not only the finest performing, its success facilitates the largest real-world impact that philanthropic giving makes possible.

Since its inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to philanthropy and underpin our long-term strategy for excellence and growth. We're Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

The Advancement Portfolio works together to ensure that its values are lived and expressed day to day and welcomes others that embrace the University's workplace culture. Advancement Portfolio values are:

  • Respect start to finish
  • Empathy sparks compassion
  • Achieve more together
  • Be creatively curious
  • Integrity is everything

To express interest in this opportunity

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position and for recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Sarah Scott, Recruitment Partner (Advancement Portfolio), at or 02 8627 9499.

Closing date - 11:30pm, Sunday 20th June 2021

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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