Regional Director - SE Asia Alumni Relations Development - University of Auckland

Regional Director - SE Asia Alumni Relations Development - University of Auckland

  • Flexible employment practices and a culture that supports work-life balance
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • 6.75% superannuation scheme
  • 0.5 FTE part time role
  • Salary range - $100k-$120k


Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent University, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. With over 6,000 staff and 45,000 students, the University of Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most significant and complex entities.

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 exciting fundraising initiatives, the University’s Alumni Relations and Development Office is seeking to appoint a new Regional Director - South East Asia

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

0.5 FTE part time role

The main purpose of the position is to raise philanthropic funds for the University through the effective development and implementation of a coordinated, integrated and enduring Development Plan. The Regional Director will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift prospects among alumni and friends of the University of Auckland living in Australia and South East Asia (including Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong).

Some key responsibilities include:

  • Strategy, Planning & Decision Making - Contribute to the development of the strategic and annual operational plans for the Development function for SE Asia in line with the Alumni Relations & Development Office directive.
  • Stakeholder Relationships - Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills through relationship management, advocacy and negotiation. Personally manage a portfolio of gift prospects through the cycle of development. Also, work closely with Deans or other University representatives, helping to organise and facilitate their visits to Australia and SE Asia, and travelling with the Deans to introduce them to potential donors.
  • Operational Activities - Ensure major donors are recipients of highly effective programme of acknowledgment, recognition, reporting and engagement. Identify and follow-up potential, high net worth individuals from both UOA alumni and other sources.
  • Financial Management - Inform the preparation of budgets in conjunction with faculty finance and manage across relevant department cost centres in accordance with University policy, standards and guidelines.
  • Continuous Improvement and Project Management - Attend regular meetings of all Development Managers and work closely with the Alumni Relations and Development team. Undertake projects as directed by the Director of Alumni Relations and Development and/or identify projects that will advance the development of department activities within the faculty.

Please note, there is a regular travel requirement for this role.

For more information, please see POSTION DESCRIPTION

About you | He kōrero mōu

This role requires demonstrated experience in client-centric programmes, with additional experience, specifically in fundraising in higher education, non-profit or corporate environments.

You will need to demonstrate proven relationship management strengths, with clear evidence of your ability to build successful business partnerships and drive strategic direction and a strong customer centric approach. This is a leadership role in the faculty 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.

How to apply | Me pēhea te tuku tono

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Sunday 21st 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 –

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