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Thank you for your interest in Development at Monash University, one of the fastest growing fundraising offices of any Higher Education Institution in Australia. The Development Team sits within the External Relations, Development and Alumni (ERDA) Portfolio within the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor, offering us proximity to senior leadership as well as the University’s broader external engagement activities.

Since the team’s establishment in 2013, a dedicated group of development professionals has transformed philanthropy at Monash, both in dollars raised and in institutional significance. With the active support of senior leadership - in particular from Professor Margaret Gardner AO, our President and Vice-Chancellor - and a mandate to fundraise for a University of truly outstanding global impact, we have grown our income from $17m in 2013 to over $60m in 2016, of which $35m was raised through the efforts of the Development team and colleagues across ERDA.

This is a dynamic and progressive environment in which to forge the next stage of your career. As a team, we are keen to both emulate best practice and test new approaches. There is a great spirit of collegiality and curiosity, allied to an unrelenting focus on results. The successful candidate will bring their professional expertise and personal values to have a formative influence as a respected leader in this position.

We are proud of our results as a reflection of our significant efforts during the ‘start-up’ phase of the last three years. Yet we know that the potential to continue growing donor participation and major and principal gift income is immense, subject to further growing a team of fundraisers with the strategic vision, motivation and experience to leverage our assets and exceed ambitious targets.

As the Development team becomes increasingly sophisticated and mature in its practice, with a view to entering a major public-facing Campaign in the next 18-24 months, we are confident that professionals joining our team will have a unique opportunity to shape a fundraising function with the potential to become a sector leader.

I look forward to considering your application and the pivotal role you might play in our onward journey towards Campaign.

Yours truly

Marcus Ward

Senior Director, Development