Job Vacancies

Development Officer

May 10th, 2022

Position Description

Work type: Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Fundraising / Philanthropy

Philanthropy Officer (STEM)

Employment Type: Full-time (35 hour week)
Duration: Full time, Permanent
Remuneration: $99k-$107k + 17% Superannuation
Location: Kensington NSW (Flexible working available)

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 Australia’s number one university for impact and among the nation’s Top 20 employers. 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:

The Philanthropy Officer is an exciting opportunity to build UNSW’s fundraising program. Reporting to the Head of Development, you will implement philanthropic strategies and build relationships to help reach our fundraising goals. This is a highly impactful position making a real difference in areas like climate change, renewable energy technologies, conservation and mental health across Science and Engineering.


  • Build and manage a personal portfolio that has the potential to make a significant philanthropic gift
  • Work collaboratively with academic leaders to identify areas that require support
  • Prepare proposals, solicitation letters, and other cultivation materials
  • Collaborate to develop gift ideas and strategies whilst ensuring we are compliant with current ATO standards
  • Execute an annual work plan to maximise effectiveness and ensure KPIs are achieved

Who You Are:

  • Experienced in Philanthropy, donations or advancement highly regarded
  • A people person, able to build relationships and communicate effectively
  • A background in account management or business development is beneficial
  • Experience working effectively in a large complex organisation with various stakeholders
  • Described as a team player, creative, proactive, resourceful and organised individual
  • Knowledge of fundraising and tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates

We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who do not meet the specific criteria but have transferable skills to this position.

Benefits and Culture:

UNSW offer a competitive salary and access to a plethora of UNSW-perks including additional leave, discounts and entitlements and a culture of lifelong learning and development. We value work-life balance, where you’ll be supported by generous benefits, flexible working to suit you and progressive HR practices. Some of these benefits include:

  • Join a collaborative and passionate team
  • 17% Superannuation
  • Leave Loading
  • Discounts and entitlements
  • Flexible working

How to apply:

Make each day matter with a meaningful career at UNSW. Submit your application before the 23rd May. Please provide a cover letter addressing your suitability to the role. A copy of the Position Description can be found on JOBS@UNSW.

Get in Touch: Georgia Grinnell – Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant

Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention, and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

Click here for a full position description 

Applications close 23 May 2022. 

Sydney, NSW