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External Relations, Development and Alumni

The work we do in ERDA is ambitious and a key catalyst towards making a difference in our community.

By actively engaging with our alumni and strengthening our donor relationships we support Monash University’s educational ambitions, create meaningful opportunities for our alumni to build their professional skills and networks, along with funding world-leading research and social equity projects.


We strengthen alumni networks We facilitate high-level networking and career development opportunities for our community of over 407,000 alumni in over 160 countries worldwide.

We support students We raise funds towards supporting Achieving Potential Scholarships, giving academically bright students with disadvantaged background the opportunity to obtain an education and make a change.

We campaign for change We will Change It. For Good. by: raising $500 million from a community of 50,000 donors, and doubling the number of bequests made to Monash. Our community of supporters are changing it with life-saving discoveries, accessible education, breakthrough research and vibrant communities.

We benefit the community We enable diverse people and organisations to work with Monash to enrich our communities through a number of projects and initiatives such as the Monash Law Clinics and the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts.

We have global impact We facilitate gifts to supporting ground breaking research benefiting millions world-wide, like the RISE Program and Inhaled Oxytocin.


Our inspiring community of donors have contributed to the following (and more):

Our Leadership

Damien Farrell, Vice-President (Advancement)

“We are unashamed of the work we do. ERDA is leading the way in philanthropy, engagement and workplace culture at Monash, and we will continue to go from strength to strength.”
A proud Monash alumnus, Damien's career demonstrates a breadth of experience in law, government, corporate affairs, governance and relationship management.
Following an early career as a solicitor at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) in the banking and finance, major projects and industrial relations sectors, Damien moved into a period of career growth which focused on government and corporate affairs in the private sector. He also served as a Chief of Staff to a government minister.
Damien returned to his alma mater in 2007 as Director of Government and External Relations. Damien's commitment to continuous growth and improvement, along with his strong focus on staff equity and well-being, saw his mandate grow to incorporate Development and Alumni Engagement, most recently resulting in his appointment as Executive Director in 2012 and Vice-President (Advancement) in 2017.

Marcus Ward, Chief Philanthropy Officer

“When confronted with all the challenges facing our world today, Monash doesn’t take a back seat. We make a call for collective action, by saying “If you don’t like it, change it.”
Prior to joining ERDA Marcus was Head of Major Gifts at Queen’s University Belfast, where he worked on two comprehensive fundraising campaigns which redefined the importance of philanthropy in Northern Ireland and culminated in the team being recognised as the Times Higher University Fundraising Team of the Year 2012.
Prior to that Marcus led the Corporate and Trust Fundraising Team at The Prince's Trust in London, the Prince of Wales's largest charity, securing its largest ever philanthropic relationship with the English Premier League, still in place almost 20 years later.

Sarah Trainor, Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Operations

“Alumni play a key role in shaping the university and this year will see the roll out of the most significant transformation of opportunities for alumni. Come and trailblaze with us.”
Sarah brings over 25 years’ experience in marketing, communications and general management from a range of industries to the higher education sector.
Alumni Engagement is a continuously developing area and Sarah is motivated by the opportunity to bring a strong focus on insights to drive the development of valuable opportunities for all stakeholders.
Sarah is continuously delighted by the passion alumni have to be involved and make a tangible difference.

Joe Kabalan, Director, Stakeholder Relations and Engagement

Stakeholder engagement at Monash isn’t complex: it’s about creating and developing meaningful relationships to deliver positive impact.”
Prior to joining Monash, Joe served two successive Governors-General where he led the team that delivered an engagement program of hundreds of engagements domestically and internationally each year.
Joe has developed his experience and expertise over 20 years across the government, vice-regal, higher education, private and NFP sectors.

Life at ERDA

Benefits of being a Monash staff member with ERDA

We offer more than just work.

  • A contribution of up to 17% of your base salary to superannuation
  • Gym subsidy and fruit at work
  • A comprehensive range of professional development programs, mentoring opportunities and leadership programs
  • Numerous leave entitlements including parental leave, family violence, blood donor, ceremonial and defence reserve force leave
  • Generous annual leave loading with an option to substitute for additional annual leave entitlements
  • Discounts from: myki, Qantas, Avis, Virgin, Bupa, Medibank, Nike, Lexus, HSBC, Commonwealth Bank, Adidas, and many more
  • Support for our LGBTIQ and culturally diverse community through training, events and an extensive ally network
  • Salary sacrificing options such as novated leasing, childcare, airline memberships and more
  • Access to award-winning health and wellbeing initiatives and programs
  • Mental and overall general health support
  • Social activities and a staff recognition program

To find out more:

Our Campaign

The Change It. For Good. Campaign is the largest public fundraising initiative in our history. 

It sets out to achieve three goals: raise $500 million from a community of 50,000 donors, and to double the number of bequests made to Monash.

Every dollar we receive and every donor we welcome to our community contributes to a positive global future for all people, underscored by advances in technology, healthcare breakthroughs, social justice, cultural endeavours and action on climate change.

The Campaign gives a lens through which to express the extraordinary impact of philanthropy, organised into four pillars which reflect Monash’s expertise, and respond to the changes our donors want to make in the world.

  • Education for All
  • Saving Lives
  • Global Solutions
  • Thriving Communities

Find out more:

As a development professional, we invite you to join an institution that has placed philanthropy at the peak of its institutional priorities, and as a core message to its external communities.

We have been accredited as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Our People

We believe our work should benefit our stakeholders and donors, and importantly, our staff. Each and every ERDA colleague plays a vital role in ensuring that we can deliver real impact and results in an environment that is inclusive, collaborative, professional, and fun.

As an ERDA colleague, you will be a valuable part of growing team of professionals who are experts in their fields. We will be relying on your experience and insights to help guide us towards our targets and success, and in turn we will provide you with the means to learn and flourish.

ERDA is an Equal Opportunity employer and we have a strong commitment to LGBTIQ and Indigenous inclusion. We encourage every individual to showcase their abilities as part of an organisation that provides an environment free from all forms of discrimination. In ERDA we embrace diversity and believe that your unique experiences bring something valuable to the workplace.

This is our commitment to you.

“Having started as an intern, ERDA has really recognised my potential and has facilitated my career progression to where it is now. As my first job after university, it is not often that you can see your work make a divisional difference this early in your career. I have been given a wide range of experiences and work with amazing colleagues who I learn from every day.”
Aaron, Strategy and Planning Coordinator
“To me, ERDA is not simply a workplace. It is a community. If ever the ERDA ship is placed under unexpected storms, every one of our colleagues is a light-house, providing support, encouragement and guidance within our teams. I am so excited to see where the ERDA ship will sail to, and look forward to our adventures together in years to come.”
Anne, Team Administrator
"I commenced with ERDA at a time when the division was moving through a major transition phase. They were exciting and challenging times, but through the support of colleagues and the Senior Leadership team, we have been able to achieve, excel and create our own success story. It's the collegiate and supportive team environment that makes working in ERDA a pleasure and a privilege. It is an environment that encourages and celebrates innovation through a set of values that are practised daily."
Lisa, Director, Development (Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Business School)


At ERDA, we recognise and celebrate the rich diversity of our community, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) individuals – whether they be staff, donors, alumni or students. We’re committed to an inclusive, safe and respectful workplace culture in accordance with the Monash University LGBTIQ Staff Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan, which encompasses:

  • Leadership commitment
  • Inclusive policies and practice
  • Culture and visibility
  • Training and development

Monash’s commitment includes hosting events, delivering programs and training for staff, developing and promoting inclusive policies and procedures and the Ally Network at Monash, which all ERDA staff are welcome to join.

In addition, Monash University is a proud member of Pride in Diversity, Australia's first and only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTIQ workplace inclusion. Pride in Diversity works closely with Monash in providing advice, training and consultancy to help Monash and ERDA support our LGBTIQ staff. We are also a ‘Silver Employer’ under the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) - the national benchmark on LGBTIQ workplace inclusion. It measures policy, practice, programs and inclusive culture.

Our Jobs

  • No current vacancies

    We currently have no open job vacancies. However, please feel free to submit an expression of interest to us below, and we will get in contact should an appropriate position becomes available.

Our EOIs

Interested in applying for a position with ERDA but can't find a role that suits you? We would love to hear from you. Please submit an Expression of Interest to one or more of the categories below, and should there be a potential opportunity, we will be in touch to discuss.