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Development Officer, Trusts and Foundations

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Work type: full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Business Development / Industry Engagement, Fundraising / Philanthropy

Development Officer Trusts and Foundations

  • Employment Type: Full-time (35 hour week)
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Remuneration: 100k-$108.5k + 17%  Super
  • Location: Kensington, NSW (Flexible 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 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 Development Officer Trusts and Foundations, is an exciting opportunity to build UNSW’s fundraising program and help contribute to all the amazing work achieved at the University. Reporting to the Head of Development, you will implement philanthropic strategies and build relationships to help reach our fundraising goals. This role looks after Trust and Foundations, including writing and reporting on philanthropic grant applications across the whole university.


  • Build and manage a portfolio that have the potential to make a significant philanthropic gift
  • Work collaboratively with academic leaders to identify areas that require support
  • Prepare proposals, solicitation letters, grant applications, written presentations 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, donor relations or advancement highly regarded
  • Strong written and verbal skills including the ability to write persuasively and present complex information into a clear and compelling way
  • 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
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and able to build fruitful relationships

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

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 and Leave Loading
  • Discounts and entitlements (fitness, retail, and health)
  • Flexible working (WFH, flexible hours)
  • Career progression and development

How to Apply:

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

Get in Touch:

Georgia Grinnell – Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant

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

UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.


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