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In less than 50 years, Griffith has become one of the world’s global top 250 universities, and one admired for its distinctive and innovative approaches, including its founding focus on Asia and Environmental Sustainability. More recently Griffith’s reputation has become further enhanced for ensuring talented young people – who otherwise might miss out – benefit from a university education.

Director, Development
Director, Development
Gold Coast or Brisbane Australia
Closing 6 February 2023

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Griffith University is seeking an exceptional individual with an outstanding record for philanthropic partnership to assume the role of Director, Development, one of the most significant fundraising leadership positions available in Australian higher education.

As a values-led organisation, at Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a dynamic and strong organisational culture. We support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

Supporting the University’s four Academic Groups, 22 research centres and institutes, and considering the needs of Griffith’s more than 49,000 students across five campuses, the Advancement team seek to maximise Griffith’s philanthropic and alumni engagement potential. Providing a coordinated approach to developing engagement and fundraising initiatives, and working collaboratively across the University, the Advancement team initiate, grow and steward strong stakeholder relationships with alumni, donors and others who support Griffith University’s research and education endeavours.

As Griffith prepares to launch its first ever comprehensive philanthropy campaign in 2023 – only the sixth Australian university to do so – the new Director, Development will be a philanthropic leader with extensive experience in campaigns and major gift fundraising in the tertiary education sector.

Reporting to the Vice President (Advancement), the Director, Development will be a key member of the Advancement leadership team and an active participant in strategic decisions, as well as providing senior fundraising capability to meet the University’s strategic goals.

Responsible for developing and implementing philanthropic revenue generation strategies, the Director, Development will lead a team of experienced fundraising and development professionals to substantially grow the University’s philanthropic funds.

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