Associate Director - Development

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Part-time
  • UoA Department Name: Alumni Relations & Development
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Number: 55562594

Company Description

The University of Auckland | Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent University, with a turnover of $1.1bn, including research revenue of over $200m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. With over 6,000 staff and 42,000 students, the University of Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most significant and complex entities.  

Associate Director - Development

The team | Mō tō māou rōpū

The University’s award-winning Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) office forms the centralised point of contact for philanthropic partners and for alumni and friends. Our team includes Development and Alumni Relations personnel and staff to support them and external Foundations by providing a range of activities and communications to build lasting mutually beneficial relationships.

These relationships contribute expertise, advocacy and philanthropic funds that help the University of Auckland to play its part in the developing knowledge and people for the good of Auckland, New Zealand and the global community.

In order to continue driving our ambitious and successful fundraising initiatives, the University’s Alumni Relations and Development Office is seeking to appoint a new Associate Director - Development. 

Job Description

The Opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

Functioning as one of the institution’s most senior fundraisers, the Associate Director (Development) will work with the Director in planning, implementing and overseeing all fundraising campaigns. The Associate Director plays a central role in leading the development team with over half of the development managers reporting directly.

The Associate Director will have a high degree of delegated responsibility and independent authority, while regularly reporting to the Director and collaborating closely with the other senior managers within the ARD Office.

Some key responsibilities include:

  • Staff Leadership - Provide leadership, mentoring and direction for a team of Development Managers and encourage behaviours aligned to the development and maintenance of a strong inclusive team culture.
  • Strategy, Planning & Decision Making – Strategic planning for development activities and contribution to the Development team’s strategic and annual planning.
  • Stakeholder Relationships - Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills through relationship management, advocacy and negotiation. Personally manage a portfolio of 30 – 50 major gift prospects through the cycle of development. Also, work closely in partnership with Faculties & Deans to deliver a coordinated approach.
  • Engagement & Customer Service - Champion a strong customer service-oriented culture. Also, ensure major donors are recipients of highly effective programme of acknowledgment, recognition, reporting and engagement.
  • Continuous Improvement and Project Management – Refining our fundraising activities and acting as ‘Campaign Manager’ when the University is ‘in Campaign’.

For more information, please see POSTION DESCRIPTION

About you | He kōrero mōu

With proven leadership skills, you will value contributions from a variety of sources and be able to inspire and motivate your team and other key stakeholders. This role requires demonstrated experience in client-centric programmes, with additional experience, specifically in fundraising in higher education, non-profit or other appropriate environments.

You will need to demonstrate proven relationship management strengths, with clear evidence of your ability to build successful partnerships and drive strategic direction and effective customer service cultures. This is a senior leadership role working within a collegial and effective team. High-level communication ability is essential, with verbal, written and interpersonal skills integral to success in this role.

In addition, the successful applicant will possess strong analytical ability coupled with an innovative and creative thinking style and robust business and technology acumen. 

What we offer | Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices and a culture that supports work-life balance
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • 6.75% superannuation scheme

For more information please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Additional Information

How to apply | Me pēhea te tuku tono

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Wednesday 18th August and include an up to date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Josh Chapman – [email protected]

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

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