Development Officer

Wednesday, 8 Nov 2023

The Development Officer is a development professional with an entrepreneurial approach who will proactively support the Development Team to help build UNSW’s fundraising program.

  • Job no.: 520269
  • Employment Type: Full time (35 hours per week)
  • Duration: Continuing
  • Remuneration: Level 7 $106,350 – $115,103 (depending on experience) + 17% super + leave loading
  • Location: Kensington, NSW (Hybrid Working)

About UNSW:
UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community – a community doing extraordinary things. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical and purposeful in all we do. Taking this combined approach is what makes our work matter. It’s the reason we’re one of the top 20 universities in the world and a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight. If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged and do meaningful work, you’re in the right place.

Why Your Role Matters:      
Since its foundation in 1949, UNSW Sydney has had a clear vision – “to improve lives globally, through innovative research, transformative education and commitment to a just society”. Without the hard work of our Development Team, many of UNSW’s accomplishments would not be possible.

The Development Officer is a development professional with an entrepreneurial approach who will proactively support the Development Team to help build UNSW’s fundraising program. The position is responsible for the implementation of strategies to achieve significant philanthropic revenue targets for the Faculty of Medicine & Health. The role is responsible for a personal portfolio of approximately 100 major gift prospects and will focus on cultivating and soliciting major and planned gifts in support of the University’s highest fundraising priorities in close partnership with alumni relations and development colleagues.

The role of Development Officer reports to the Head of Development and has no direct reports.

Who You Are:

  • Relevant degree and extensive experience in development and donor relations preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Ability to articulate a case for support for the organisation’s priorities in such a way that individuals commit to gifts and pledges of $25,000 or greater.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and ability to establish collaborative and sustainable relationships with stakeholders including alumni, prospects, and donors and colleagues and leaders of UNSW.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including ability to write persuasively and present complex information in a clear and compelling way.
  • Superior organisational skills, high level of attention to detail, commitment to excellence and proven ability to establish and realise objectives in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong knowledge of the principles of fundraising and tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates.
  • Substantial experience working effectively in a large complex organisation and demonstrated ability to influence and build support and commitment for projects.
  • Proven ability to show initiative and think creatively and independently.

Further details can be found in a copy of the Position Description linked below or via JOBS@UNSW.

Benefits and Culture:
People are at the core of everything we do. We recognise it is the contributions of our staff who make UNSW one of the best universities in Australia and the world.

Our benefits include:

  • Flexible Working Options (work from home, flexible hours etc)
  • Career development opportunities
  • 17% Superannuation contributions and additional leave loading payments
  • Additional 3 days of leave over December/January holiday period
  • Discounts and entitlements (retail, education, fitness)

For further details on the benefits, please visit

To Apply: If this is of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter and responses to the Skills and Experience outlined in the position description.

Please apply directly via our JOBS@UNSW website: Jobs – Job Details – Development Officer (

Amy Denney: Talent Acquisition Coordinator
e: [email protected]

Please note applications sent directly to the contacts above cannot be accepted.

Applications close: 11.55pm, Wednesday 8th November 2023

UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.