Key responsibilities include:

  • Fundraising Leadership

Working closely with the Campaign Manager to lead the unit’s fundraising   activities through leadership and supervision of the fundraising team across   the stages of fundraising life cycle

  • Fundraising

o Direct fundraising as part of a team to execute the university’s strategic fundraising plans across each stage of the fundraising life cycle by engaging with prospects, securing funding and stewarding donors who give to Wits projects and initiatives. This requires close co-ordination with the research team to identify and cultivate prospective donors as well as support to the Campaign Manager in proposal development, and project management of initiatives.

  • Liaison, Communication & Collaboration

o Support the Fundraising Manager and Campaign Manager in providing liaison, communication and collaboration to internal and external university stakeholders in fundraising matters not directly related to an active fundraising initiative, to help develop a pipeline of potential prospects and projects and strengthen support for fundraising capability across the institution.

  • Funding requests

o Support the Campaign Manager in fielding fundraising related queries from academics, staff and other university stakeholders, some of which may prioritised to proceed to initiation as fundraising initiatives and others that may be rejected or require advice or guidance before being developed further.

  • Development & Operations

o Supervise knowledge and quality management practices in the fundraising team and provide support to the Campaign Manager where requested, in marketing and promotions, fundraising intelligence and general operations.


  • Three years of proven success in fundraising, advancement or sales related work
  • Two years of experience at team leader, supervisor or managerial level in fundraising or sales related work
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills in English
  • An undergraduate degree or similar qualification (NQF 7)
  • Three years of work-related experience

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours:

  • Ability to engage with multi-level stakeholders – University executives, academics, donors and external partners – and to represent the interests of the University with passion and professionalism at the highest levels
  • Raising funds against targets within a time frame
  • Personal motivation, initiative, energy, integrity and creativity
  • Networking and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to motivate, coach, and inspire fundraisers
  • Team leadership skills and methodologies
  • Office computer literacy including MS Excel, Email and internet search skills
  • Digital media and communications skills including social media analytics
  • Willingness to participate fully in the life of the university by attending events and programmes and by representing the institution to outside constituencies
  • Verbal fluency in more than one official language
  • A valid driving license

The following qualifications or skills sets will be advantageous:

  • A post-graduate qualification in leadership or supervisory development at or above NQF 8
  • A qualification in relevant fields, such as fundraising, sales, branding or business development at or above NQF 7
  • Two years’ experience with major gift donations or high net worth individual sales or customer service
  • Knowledge or experience of the higher education sector, or post-school education and training sector
  • Knowledge or experience of one or more of the DFO donor / funder segments: corporate, government, foundations, individual giving
  • Knowledge or experience of one or more of the DFO intervention types: academic support, student support, infrastructure support
  • Two years’ experience in social, community or education development, public relations, or marketing work
  • Five years of work-related experience


TO APPLY, please submit a letter of application and a detailed CV with the names, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees; certified copies of degrees/diplomas; academic transcripts & SA ID/Passport if not South African to: 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Johannesburg, 2000

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