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Organisation : Australian Indigenous Education Foundation

Location : Brisbane, Sydney

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Education & Employment, Indigenous, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 4 Nov, 2019

About the role

Reporting to the Deputy CEO, the Engagement Executive (Philanthropy) works to support the Advancement team to:

  • attract funding through grant processes of trusts and foundations;
  • assist to grow and maintain the AIEF Nation Changers Syndicate program and attract other major donations;
  • assist to grow and maintain the AIEF Bequest program; and
  • provide other communications support.


As AIEF’s Engagement Executive your main responsibilities will include:

  • Research and identify funding opportunities with trusts and foundations.
  • Manage submission timelines, working with other team members to ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Prepare grant applications
  • Support the implementation of strategies to recruit new members of AIEF’s Nation Changers Syndicate and attract other major donors.
  • Write or assist in drafting proposals and other materials.
  • Coordinate, prompt and track AIEF leaders’ interactions with major donors.
  • Support the implementation of strategies to recruit new Bequest supporters through prospect campaigns and Bequest marketing.
  • Ensure entries and notes in AIEF’s customer relations database are up to date, and ensure best practice is followed to maintain data quality and integrity


The Person

The right person for this role will be a well-organised, enthusiastic, results driven self-starter who has:

  • A relevant qualification (in Business, Communications, Marketing or similar) and/or at least five years’ work experience in relevant roles.
  • Excellent written skills, including the ability to draft grant applications and donor communications.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, including effective listening, empathy, discretion, diplomacy and the ability to build and sustain relationships.
  • Strong relationship management and/or customer service experience.
  • Knowledge of general fundraising practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure and establish priorities.
  • High levels of attention to detail and strong administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated growth and learning mindset; and positive, solution focused attitude.
  • Demonstrated experience writing and presenting proposals to secure opportunities.
  • A fantastic, patient and compassionate telephone manner.
  • Strong Microsoft Office Skills (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint).


All AIEF employees are required to undergo a National Criminal Record Check by the Australian Federal Police and a Working with Children Check by the relevant State and Territory Government(s) as a condition of employment.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Indigenous Education Foundation

hard heads, soft hearts, capable hands


The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) was established in 2008 in response to community demand from Indigenous families who choose to enrol their children in boarding schools.

Bringing together the government and private sector, AIEF provides scholarship funding for Indigenous students to complete Year 12 or tertiary studies, with career support to help them make a successful transition to their chosen fields.   AIEF has consistently achieved annual retention and Year 12 completion rates and career transition rates above 90% since funding its first scholarship in 2008. 

Backed by some of Australia’s most influential business and community leaders, AIEF has grown from one scholarship student to now having around 450 students on scholarships annually, with a network of over 600 alumni and growing by over 70 graduates each year, from over 400 communities in every state and territory of Australia.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Fundraising Executive / Philanthropy Coordinator via Pro Bono Australia.




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