‹ Back to all jobs

Relationship Manager (Philanthropy)

LocationNewcastle, NSW 2300
Work TypeFull time
Positions1 Position
Job no: HRC0007262
Category: Professional, HEW 7
  • Coordinate a portfolio of major gift donors, securing philanthropic funding for our University
  • Newcastle (flexible work arrangements negotiable)
  • 17% super, generous annual, personal, and life leave, wellbeing programs, health and fitness discounts

Be challenged and imagine with us

As Relationship Manager (Philanthropy), you will play an integral role in the development and implementation of major gift fundraising initiatives for our University.

You will be responsible for coordinating and driving engagement for a portfolio of current and prospective major gift donors. Your goal will be to attract and retain philanthropic funding from both individuals and companies to achieve key priorities through a donor-centred approach.

In this role you will:

  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders within your portfolio to identify fundraising priorities and achieve their objectives.
  • Develop proposals, deliver presentations, and negotiate philanthropic funding with prospective donors.
  • Identify story leads, content for articles, and promotional material to highlight the impact of philanthropy.

This continuing position is full time and located in Newcastle. Flexible work arrangements may be negotiated for the right candidate.


How will you inspire us?

You will have:

  • Proven experience in major gift fundraising and achieving income targets.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement strategic fundraising initiatives.
  • Collaborative mindset with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • A donor-centred approach with a deep understanding of aligning donor interests with institutional priorities.


What we offer

The remuneration for this position is from $99,655 to $112,112 + 17% superannuation and is commensurate with skills and experience. 

We offer a range of benefits and employment conditions that help you balance your commitments, stay healthy, and work effectively. For information on our employee benefits (such as leave, flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships, and salary packaging) please visit here.  


About our University

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision are our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability.

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do. 

The University of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and social inclusion. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.  


Your next steps

Important information before you apply:

  • Please visit here for a guide on how to apply for a role.
  • If viewing this on a job board other than the University's please click ‘Apply’ (or equivalent) to reach the University's website, where a copy of the Position Description can be accessed. Please download a copy from the Related Documents section before commencing your application.
  • Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.


Your application:

Your application must include:

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply for this opportunity.
  • A statement addressing the Essential Criteria listed in the attached Position Description.

Please upload your Cover Letter and response to the requested Criteria as one PDF document. This document should not exceed 4 pages (approximately 2,000 words).


Contact Us

For specific position enquiries, please contact Kate Meyers, Head of Philanthropy via email at kate.meyers@newcastle.edu.au

Having technical difficulties? Please reach out to us: employment@newcastle.edu.au Please note, we do not accept email applications.


Closing date: Wednesday 26 June, 2024 at 11.59pm AEST

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you!