Donor Relations Adviser- Victoria University of Wellington - Wellington


Donor Relations Adviser- Victoria University of Wellington - Wellington


  • New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university
  • Interesting, fast-paced and flexible working environment
  • Salary dependent on skills and qualifications $65,042 - $93,292
  • Closing date - Friday 30th September


Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka— Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.


Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Donor Relations Adviser to develop and lead our stewardship activity to support our fundraising programmes.

Through thoughtful and bespoke communications and events, the Donor Relations Adviser will make sure donors feel included, appreciated and understand the impact of their support. By developing successful stewardship pathways, the Donor Relations Adviser will be part of ensuring donors continue to support our organisations through repeat or additional contributions. 

The Donor Relations Adviser will work closely with Development Managers, our data and communications team members as well as the University’s wider Events and Engagement team as needed.


Ō pūmanawa - About you

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience in fundraising, communications, events, stakeholder relations or a customer/client facing role to use their expertise to help deepen our relationships with our donor community.


Key Requirements: 

  • Experience in developing successful relationships with either donors, commercial clients, or organisational stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in a client-facing role.
  • Experience in event organisation or coordination.
  • Strong project management and time management skills.


Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

We offer an interesting, fast-paced and flexible working environment, within our supportive professional fundraising team. We offer wide-ranging development opportunities such as Te Hāpai, our staff development programme designed to increase understanding and use of Māori culture, language and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and other role-specific professional development opportunities throughout the year.

This is an awesome role for someone who is passionate about tertiary education, communications and relationship building.


Close Date for Vacancy: Friday 30th September

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Deborah O’Sullivan But applicants should follow all steps listed below. 

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form 

Then, please combine your cover letter, CV and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format). 

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert. Follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the “CV/Resume” button. 

If you have any issues uploading your application, please email the completed application form, cover letter and CV to  stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.