University of Technology Sydney Vice-President Advancement

University of Technology Sydney Vice-President Advancement
University of Technology Sydney
                                 Vice-President Advancement
                                  New South Wales (Sydney), Australia

Send Nominations or Cover Letter and Resume to:
Libby Roberts
Vice President

The University of Technology Sydney

                                                    The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a dynamic
                                                    and cosmopolitan university that marks the gateway to
                                                    Sydney — Australia's economic, multicultural and
                                                    creative global city. One of Australia’s leading
                                                    universities of technology, UTS has an enviable
                                                    reputation for a fusion of innovation, creativity and
                                                    technology; precisely the characteristics that make it and
                                                    its graduates sought after by global industry. Recent
                                                    market research confirms that New South Wales (NSW)
                                                    leaders in business, the professions and government
believe UTS has the most industry-focused approach of all Sydney metropolitan universities.

With a singular vision to be a world-leading university of technology, UTS has a distinct model of learning,
strong research performance and a leading reputation for engagement with industry and the professions.

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The University has a culturally diverse campus life and vibrant international exchange study and research
programs that prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and the future.

Do you have the right skills and qualities for this position?

   •   Have you the vision and strategic thinking to
       lead UTS to a new level of philanthropic
   •   Are you an accomplished, goal oriented leader
       who has experience working in a complex and
       fast- paced organization?
   •   Have you solicited and closed six and seven
       figure gifts?
   •   Do you thrive in a culture of collaboration?
   •   Do you have a commitment to social justice
       and the cultural intelligence to quietly and effectively work with a multi-cultural community? Are
       you a natural networker and convener of diverse audiences?
   •   Are you energized by local, national, and international dynamics?
   •   Are you an experienced and outstanding leader who is an inspiring coach and mentor?

Advancement Overview

This is an extraordinary time to lead Advancement at UTS. The Advancement team is comprised of 30
professional staff who are centrally located in the University and provide strategic and operational support
across the University. The team is talented, and with some recent retirements, there is opportunity to build
on existing strengths and create a more robust enterprise that will be poised for future success.

Since the establishment of the Advancement team in 2006, much has been achieved - in 2016 $15.2M was
raised from almost 5,000 donors.

The alumni relations program is now well-established, with a comprehensive communications platform
   •   a dynamic and responsive website, social media platforms, and award-winning alumni magazine
   •   a comprehensive alumni awards and recognition program that celebrates alumni achievement
       globally and
   •   a network of alumni volunteer committee's in China, south Asia, India and the U.K.

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UTS alumni are globally mobile and social media enables them to stay in touch with one another right
across the globe. This presents both opportunities and challenges for UTS to connect with the 30% of
graduates who are based offshore.

When UTS secured a $25M gift from Dr. Chau Chak Wing in 2010, it was the largest gift of its kind to any
Australian university. In this context, UTS is certainly punching above its weight and is now looking to
accelerate and grow its endowment program aiming to take it to the next level.

With institutional priorities identified, a fundraising plan needs to be put in place, awaiting a new Vice-
President to lead this critical effort.

Position Overview – Vice-President Advancement

The Vice-President Advancement is a newly created role. The Vice-President Advancement is responsible for
leading and developing UTS’s philanthropic and alumni strategies, and delivering outcomes to enable the
growth and sustainability of private investment as a core part of UTS’s revenue, supporting the achievement
of UTS’s teaching, research and service objectives.

This position reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and is a member of UTS’s senior leadership group.
Other senior managers reporting to the Vice-Chancellor are the Provost, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education
and Students), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Deputy Vice-
Chancellor (Innovation and Enterprise), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Resources) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Corporate Services). The Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors form the Senior Executive of the
University and are responsible for the effective operational management of UTS. The Vice-President will be a
regular attendee at Senior Executive team meetings and as a member of UTS’s senior leadership team,
reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, will have access to, and work in partnership with the Senior

Reporting directly to the Vice-President are the Director, Advancement, the International Alumni Co-
ordinator and an Executive Assistant. The Advancement and Alumni Team currently consists of 30 staff, plus
casuals. It is anticipated that the Vice-President will review the team’s resourcing and structure to align with
UTS’s philanthropic and alumni strategies.

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Collaboration and Communication:

lnternal stakeholder relations are as important as external relationships. The role requires high level
collaboration with a wide variety of staff and Committee members to explore and make the best use of links
and networks. The Vice-President will need to establish excellent working relationships with:

   •   The Senior Executive and members of UTS Council
   •   Deans, Centre Directors and senior academic and professional staff
   •   Other UTS senior business managers (research and commercial)
   •   The Vice-Chancellor's lndustry Advisory Board (which sits within the Corporate Relations Centre’s
       portfolio) and the UTS Foundation Advisory Board.

   •   The Vice-President promotes and builds UTS’s advancement with industry, the professions,
       government, alumni, donors and potential donors of major gifts, a variety of agencies, prominent
       Trusts and Foundations, other universities and the community, (in partnership and collaboration with
       the Director, Corporate Relations), both nationally and internationally
   •   The Vice-President is a member of a wide range of committees external to UTS.

Major Responsibilities:

   •   Lead and drive the development, delivery and management of an ambitious philanthropic strategy
       and program which fulfill UTS’s philanthropic donations target. This involves employing a global
       perspective and evaluating what will work in the Australian sector.
   •   Develop clear philanthropy metrics and targets inside UTS.
   •   Develop, articulate and communicate a clear donor value proposition for the UTS community,
       donors and potential donors.
   •   Grow and oversee a substantial and innovative fundraising and giving program to contribute to
       UTS’s long-term sustainability.
   •   Lead UTS efforts in attracting investors nationally and internationally who are willing to provide
       financial support for UTS’s research efforts.
   •   Provide strategic advice on fundraising, alumni relations and advancement services to the Senior
       Executive, Council, Deans and other senior leaders across UTS.
   •   Foster and drive a culture of philanthropy across UTS and engage the entrepreneurial energies of
       UTS staff, volunteers and its broader community to support fundraising. The Vice-President will
       need to develop a deep understanding of UTS culture and the ability to influence and shape it.

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•   Build and develop advancement capability across UTS and its broader community. Encourage
      innovation and collaboration in securing enhanced engagement with donors and prospects.
  •   Advance UTS’s relations with its alumni, domestically and overseas, to build long-term alumni
      involvement and support to raise funds. Revisit the current alumni strategy to revise and expand the
      new paradigm of lifelong learning for UTS alumni.
  •   Manage UTS’s Annual Appeal.
  •   Develop and deliver a social media strategy to build and maintain alumni connections.
  •   Represent UTS’s interests across a wide range of cultural contexts in order to influence power
      brokers and decision-makers to donate to UTS. Partner with the VC on high profile philanthropic
  •   Promote and support UTS’s brand, profile and reputation by developing a strategic approach to
      Advancement aligned with UTS’s marketing and communications strategy. Effectively communicate
      UTS’s value proposition to different external stakeholder groups
  •   Effectively communicate UTS’s philanthropic strategy internally. Encourage and promote the staff
      giving culture in new directions.
  •   Manage and engage a portfolio of major donors and prospects.
  •   Lead and manage the Advancement Division. Ensure the efficient and effective operations of the
      Division by overseeing the management of its human, financial, physical and virtual resources.
      Engender a high-performance culture in the Division through setting and managing against
      objectives, stretch targets and behavioural standards and engaging and developing staff to exceed

Position Challenges:

  •   To drive change in a highly dynamic, complex and competitive environment.
  •   To promote a culture of fundraising across the UTS community when there are competing demands
      and priorities.
  •   Increasing the base of broad donor support in a sustainable manner in the Australian context where
      this is still relatively new in relation to other countries.


  •   The Vice-President Advancement has substantial autonomy and delegated authority to manage the
      Advancement portfolio. It is expected that the Vice-President will work closely with, and advise, the
      Vice-Chancellor, Chancellor, Senior Executive and the leadership group on current and future issues
      related to Advancement and alumni strategies, relationships and compliance.

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Health and Safety:

As a member of the senior leadership team, ensure that the University has, and implements processes for
complying with any duty or obligation under the Work Health and Safety Act. This involves building a strong
and positive Health and Safety culture across UTS.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Attributes:

   •   Significant experience in an Advancement leadership role, ideally in a university setting.
   •   Exceptional senior leadership skills including high-level interpersonal, negotiation, influencing and
       communication skills.
   •   Demonstrated ability to effectively develop, drive, execute and deliver advancement and alumni
       strategies and initiatives in a large, diverse organization.
   •   Ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
   •   Ability to drive and lead cultural change.
   •   Exceptional business acumen.
   •   Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current issues affecting the higher education
       sector and the fundraising environment.
   •   Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of relevant government, industry and community
   •   Experience in successfully leading and developing advancement and alumni programs, with
       substantial fundraising success, in a major organization.
   •   Demonstrable leadership skills in strategy development and delivery.
   •   Demonstrated track record in driving change and engaging others in a vision and direction.
   •   Substantial experience in developing effective relationships and networks across a wide range of
       cultural, social and economic contexts.
   •   Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent experience.

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University Leadership

                             Attila Brungs
                             Vice-Chancellor and President

                             Professor Brungs is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of
                             Technology Sydney. He has previously held senior positions with the CSIRO and
                             McKinsey & Company.

                             Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry
                             from Oxford University and a University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the
                             University of New South Wales.

                             Some of Professor Brungs’ present key appointments include the Federal
Government Research Data Infrastructure Committee; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council;
Convenor, NSW Vice-Chancellor’s Committee; Chair, UniProjects; and the Federal Government’s National
University Precincts Advisory Committee. His experience includes many distinguished past board and
committee memberships, including not-for-profit organisations, in addition to numerous state and federal
government and institutional appointments.

UTS Overview

As Australia’s number 1 young university, UTS is vibrant
and innovative as well as being passionate about
knowledge, discovery and creativity. With a community
of more than 42,000 students, UTS is one of the largest
universities in Australia with more than 12,300
international students from 120 different nations.

UTS offers over 130 undergraduate and 210
postgraduate courses across traditional and emerging
disciplines such as architecture, built environment,
business, communication, design, education, engineering, information technology, international studies, law,
midwifery, nursing, pharmacy and science.

UTS is on the move.

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One indicator is U.S. News & World Report global ranking of universities which began in 2014. UTS ranked
448th in 2014-15. Two years later, in academic year 2016-17, UTS was ranked 294th and in the academic year
2017-18 it has moved up to #260 (tied).

UTS has been awarded a significant five stars result for excellence in eight out of eight categories of higher
education by QS™ for 2014-2016 and is ranked 218 in the QS World University Rankings.

It is ranked in the top 250 universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and in the
top 400 in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking 2015.

To find out more, visit UTS’s ratings and rankings webpage.

UTS prepares students for the workplaces of
today and the future. It is part of the Australian
Technology Network of universities: a group of
five prominent universities committed to working
with industry and government to deliver practical
and professional courses. All UTS courses are
designed to be highly relevant to industry and the
professions, and taught with important global
issues in mind. By basing assignments and
coursework around case studies affecting
communities and industry rather than generic
textbook cases, UTS gives students the chance to engage with innovative and relevant material while
developing practical skills. This makes for a more interesting study experience and gives graduates an edge
when it comes to employment.

Industry advisory committees help shape UTS course content to ensure that students are learning current
industry best practice. Many of its lecturers are leaders in their areas of expertise, and many are active in
professional practice. Guest lectures from industry experts also provide valuable professional insights.

In line with the UTS model of global practice-oriented learning, many of its students undertake professional
practice during their degree. As part of their degree program, students also have the opportunity to study at
one of more than 185 universities in about 40 countries with which UTS has exchange agreements.

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UTS’s world leading research centers span a range of disciplines,
including physical, biological and engineering sciences, and
contemporary fields such as design, nanotechnology and
sustainability. Its researchers provide practical and relevant
solutions to issues of national and international importance and
equip graduates with the latest discipline-specific skills and

In addition, UTS is actively involved with many nonprofit
organizations and community projects:

    •   UTS Shopfront offers students the chance to undertake
        community projects for course credit in most degrees
    •   So(U)L program  Social Leaders @ UTS  offers leadership training, seminars, lectures and
        discussion groups on key themes of social entrepreneurship, active citizenship and the not-for-profit
    •   BUiLD program  Beyond UTS International Leadership and Development (BUiLD)  provides
        opportunities for more than 1000 students from different study areas, the chance to develop,
        connect and engage. BUiLD seeks to promote concepts of justice, equality and sustainability by
        allowing students to participate in career development workshops, community projects, internships
        and volunteer projects.

Campus Master Plan:

The UTS City Campus Master Plan is a once-in-a-generation vision to deliver a vibrant and engaging
education precinct. Through the Master Plan, UTS is making a $1.3 billion dollar AUD-plus investment that
will fundamentally change the way the University delivers teaching, learning and research. Over the next
three years, the final phase of the University’s City Campus Master Plan will deliver a state-of-the-art campus
to meet the needs of 21st century students.

The UTS Master Plan delivers a series of new buildings, major upgrades and improved pedestrian
connections right in the heart of Sydney's southern Central Business District (CBD), transforming the UTS
City campus into one of Australia’s most recognized university campuses. With teaching, research and
industry engagement spaces that support the delivery of UTS’s collaboration- and technology-based model
of teaching, as well as its industry-focused research, the City campus is now a destination for staff, students
and visitors alike.

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The $1.3 billion-dollar-plus City Campus Master Plan also is a major
investment driving Sydney’s economy that is expected to contribute
an estimated $3.2 billion for the NSW region. The Master Plan and
precinct revitalization are increasing tourism revenue for Sydney, with
the Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building expected to attract
24,000 interstate and 2000 international visitors each year. The 10-year
construction program is creating 700 direct jobs and 1000 indirect
jobs each year, worth approximately $650 million in annual income to
workers. Once complete, the Master Plan will generate an additional
670 direct and indirect permanent jobs worth $44 million in income

Strategic Plan:

The Strategic Plan 2009–2018 outlines UTS’s vision to be a
world-leading university of technology and provides a strong statement about UTS’s aspirations for its third
decade. To accomplish this vision, UTS will embed and showcase leading edge IT and other technologies in
all disciplines; perform strongly in the disciplines of science, engineering and technology; remain highly
relevant to industry and the professions; and align UTS’s education and research with relevant national and
economic priorities.

The UTS Strategic Plan is guiding the institution’s activities in the years ahead and ensuring that the
University’s potential is realized.


In January 1988 — with the commencement of the University of Technology, Sydney, Act — the former New
South Wales Institute of Technology became the University of Technology, Sydney.

The New South Wales Institute of Technology was established in 1964. The School of Design of the former
Sydney College of the Arts was incorporated into the Institute on January 25, 1988.

In January 1990, the Institute of Technical and Adult Teacher Education and the Kuring-gai College of
Advanced Education were amalgamated with the existing University of Technology, Sydney to form the
current UTS.

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The purpose and functions of UTS are outlined in the University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) and
in the constitutions of its controlled entities.


UTS’s City Campus:

UTS’s City campus is in the heart of Sydney's creative precinct and alongside Sydney's central business
district. Within easy walking distance of Central Station and the Sydney Central Business District (CBD), UTS’s
campus is easily accessible by bus and train. Close to cosmopolitan inner-city suburbs, the campus is
surrounded by places to shop and eat.

Sydney combines the downtown feel of a busy metropolis with a relaxed lifestyle. With its famous harbour,
sandy beaches, national parks, and suburbs with their own unique identity, the city is in easy reach of places
to explore. Rated the 4th most liveable city for students in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2015), Sydney
attracts over 35,000 international students to study in this culturally diverse city.


Sydney is an exciting and culturally diverse city,
with more than 200 nationalities calling Sydney

With an eclectic mix of cultures, Sydney offers a
variety of international cuisines. From trendy cafes
and waterfront dinning, to pub food, late night
eateries and dessert bars, one is sure to find food
that suits religious and cultural requirements.

Sydney also has a vibrant, creative community
with art galleries, museums, live music and
performance venues such as the iconic Sydney Opera House. There are also free events and festivals
throughout the year.

With its mild climate, Sydney’s beaches are renowned worldwide and many are in easy reach of the city
center, including Manly, Coogee and the world-renowned Bondi Beach. As well as stunning scenery, there’s

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also the chance to enjoy water sports such as swimming, surfing, snorkelling or kayaking.

Sydney’s diverse network of suburbs give the city its international character. In fact, one doesn’t have to go
far from the city center to be surrounded by cultural diversity. Two suburbs that are perfect examples of
Sydney’s diversity are Leichhardt and Cabramatta. Leichhardt is Sydney’s little Italy, complete with a piazza
and some of the city’s best Italian restaurants and cafes. Cabramatta has the largest Vietnamese community
in Australia. Sydney’s foodie culture has embraced Cabramatta’s Vietnamese background so much so that
there are even Food Tours that take people restaurant hopping then finish up at one of Cabramatta’s local

                                                        Even though Sydney is a major city, nature is never far
                                                        away. There are many large parks and nature reserves
                                                        in and surrounding the city. To the north is Ku-ring-
                                                        gai Chase National Park where wallabies and wild
                                                        turkeys roam. To the south is the Royal National Park,
                                                        the world’s second oldest national park. 30 minutes
                                                        from the CBD is Lane Cove National Park and within
                                                        the city there also are several large parks.

                                                        Hiking in Sydney, or bushwalking, is a popular
weekend activity. The Manly to Spit Bridge Walk is one of the most popular of the city’s bush walks and is
known for its many scenic view points.
You don’t have to go out bushwalking or to a national park to come in contact with Australian wildlife. Right
in the Royal Botanic Gardens you can feed the cockatoos, lorikeets and eels in Middle Pond or, at dusk,
watch the few remaining flying foxes making their daily migration to Centennial Park.

Whales can been seen from Sydney’s Eastern Coastline twice a year migrating south during the Australian
winter and then back up north during the spring. Along the Southern Coastal Walk during these times locals
often see a whale breaching in the distance.

Living in Sydney:
Australia is economically stable, having escaped the Global Financial Crisis a few years ago that shook many
of the world’s economies. Sydney’s high cost of living can be a shock to newcomers moving to the city,
including those from other areas of Australia. It isn’t until that regular pay-check starts to come in that the
shock wears off and a sense of normalcy sets in.

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Even with the high cost of living there are many opportunities for expats to start to save money. One of
these options is opening a high interest savings account, which can be as high as 3.05%. Though the interest
rate has recently been lowered by the Reserve Bank of Australia, it’s still much higher than other countries
like the United States where a high interest savings account is at best 0.95%. Another financial blessing to
working in Australia is superannuation. A superannuation fund is a retirement fund – employer contributions
are compulsory. As of 2017, the minimum obligation for employer contributions is 9.5%, however, UTS offers
a 17% superannuation contribution on top of salary.

                                                      Sydney is a great place to raise a family.

                                                      Australia is well known for having one of the world’s
                                                      best public school systems. In the 2015 Program for
                                                      International Student Assessment (PISA) results
                                                      Australia’s average score was 510, significantly above
                                                      the OECD average of 493 and countries such as the US,
                                                      scoring 496. Besides public schools, Sydney has many
                                                      private schools plus faith based schools.

Sydney is often described as a network of villages as each suburb has its own unique character. At the heart
of each village is the community center, a place that all newly arriving families should get to know.
Community centers in Sydney often have kid-oriented activities, classes, child care and new mothers’
groups. Besides the community centers, there are numerous play parks in each suburb where parents and
children often hang out making new friends. A few play parks that are worth a family outing are Darling
Quarter, with its elaborate water feature, and Sydney Park with its monster slide and kiddie bicycle course.

Growing up in Sydney, children benefit from the urban city life with museums, the opera house and historic
sites but still maintain the feeling of growing up in a smaller town.

In Australia, people are free to practise and follow their own beliefs and religion. The predominant religions
in Australia are Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism.

These useful websites will also help with more information about Sydney:

City of Sydney - What’s on - Destination NSW
Time Out Sydney

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credentials for its candidates, and our clients frequently conduct background checks and
personality/psychological assessments prior to finalizing an offer.

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                                  Libby Roberts, Vice President at
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