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Marketing & Fundraising Manager – Retina Australia

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Organisation : Retina Australia

Location : Melbourne (Melbourne CBD)

Work type : Casual/Vacation

Sector : Disabilities

Salary type : Hourly

Salary : $50 to $55 per hour

Application closing date : 13 Feb, 2020

About the role

Summary and Broad purpose of the Position

This is an exciting and challenging position for a dynamic, motivated and highly organised individual with a demonstrated commitment to outcomes and business development and improvement. Retina Australia is governed by an active and hands-on Board of honorary directors however the Marketing & Fundraising Manager has the ability to drive and develop the business. The successful candidate will work independently and be pro-active, without the immediate on-site presence of colleagues or directors.


The Marketing & Fundraising Manager will be an assured self-starter who is professionally and emotionally mature with the ability to communicate clearly, candidly and fully, in order to promote the organisation effectively and produce a consistent financial income as a direct result of the fundraising strategy which they have established with the approval of the Board.


The role will include the development and growth of Retina Australia’s donor and corporate donor base and workplace giving program and increase revenue generation and awareness throughout Australia of Retina Australia and its research grant program for inherited retinal diseases.


The Marketing & Fundraising Manager will be a team player but with the ability to lead improvement and change in consultation with the Board.


This position will be located within a newly established national office in a small team environment. Key responsibilities may vary over time.


Desired Outcomes

  • Developing and executing a new fundraising signature initiative in collaboration with the Board and in accordance with fundraising legislation in all states or territories
  • Researching and implementing new and innovative fundraising campaigns and coordinating campaign pilots including high profile fundraising events
  • Researching and implementing new third party online and offline, community and peer to peer opportunities to facilitate fundraising and brand awareness
  • Expanding the workplace giving program through utilising schemes already established
  • Promoting the Retina Australia fundraising brand in all fundraising events and campaigns
  • Developing communications and promotions strategies for Retina Australia
  • Promoting and managing all online fundraising events and campaigns through online giving portals ensuring content is regularly updated to encourage new donors and sustain regular donations
  • Preparing and executing a strategy to increase supporter involvement in mass participation events, including the recruitment of volunteers to assist with the local organisation of such events
  • Liaising with, and providing support to, Friends of Retina Australia Groups as they endeavour to fundraise for Retina Australia Research projects
  • Providing updated promotional or fundraising information regularly for inclusion on the website to ensure it has the latest information
  • Liaising with the Administration and Finance Officers to reconcile, acknowledge and receipt all fundraising donations
  • Responsible for the prudent day-to-day management of the marketing & fundraising budget, within policy, ensuring annual expenditure does not exceed budgeted funds.


Reporting and Working Relationships

  • Working collaboratively with the Chairman, the Board, and Board committees as required.
  • Working collaboratively with and providing advice and assistance to Friends of Retina Australia groups as requested by the convenor of the Member and Community Engagement Committee


Other Responsibilities

  • Developing and nurturing relationships and proactively promoting support opportunities – building awareness of the organisation and its mission with individuals, corporates, clubs, community groups, schools and other potential sources of support
  • Developing and executing a detailed fundraiser journey for long term strategic supporter cultivation across community fundraising opportunities and other fundraising streams


Person Specifications


Personal Skills and Abilities

  • A high level of interpersonal skills with a warm, caring and sensitive approach to building relationships and rapport
  • Excellent communication, presentation and public speaking skills
  • A pro-active approach to pipeline management and an entrepreneurial nature – creating and seizing opportunities with passion for achieving results
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to take ownership of projects
  • Understanding of strategic development processes and a willingness to contribute to innovative projects
  • Extremely organised with a high level attention to detailed planning and reporting
  • A positive attitude and ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Flexibility to meet a range of job demands and deadlines
  • Good time management skills
  • Excellent computer skills including strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Enthusiasm, energy, drive and initiative


Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience in the planning, delivery and evaluation of fundraising events and activities
  • Broad exposure and knowledge of contemporary fundraising practices
  • Familiarity with a range of apps and social media tools


Desirable Attributes

  • Understanding of the not-for-profit and social sector
  • A tertiary qualification in marketing and or fundraising
  • A current Australian Driver’s License




A National Police Clearance.

Permanent Australian Residency.



Terms & Time Allocation


This is a casual position, with flexibility of working hours to ensure effective communication across all Australian time-zones.


The role will commence as 20 hours per week, but will grow when there is a sustained fundraising income.


Remuneration for this position will be equivalent to a full time rate of $80,000 per annum.


The position is located in the Retina Australia office in Ross House, 247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, however there is capacity to work offsite by agreement.



About the organisation

Organisation Name : Retina Australia

Retina Australia is a not-for-profit charitable membership organisation that has operated across all states and territories of Australia for over 35 years. Individual State & Territory membership organisations, originally established to support persons locally with inherited disease, have recently merged with Retina Australia and the first national office has been established. All of the affiliated organisations have until now been predominantly managed by volunteers.


Retina Australia supports all persons affected by inherited retinal disease, their family and friends. Inherited retinal diseases are the leading cause of vision loss in people of working age and a common cause of vision impairment in childhood. Each year, an increasing number of Australians are diagnosed with an inherited retinal disease and it has been estimated that such diseases personally affect 10,000 Australians across all age groups.


There are currently no treatments or cures for inherited retinal diseases although some clinical trials across the world show promise that treatment may soon become available for some forms of the disease.



Retina Australia has a vision that there will be “a world without inherited blindness”.


Our mission is to assist those affected by vision loss through inherited retinal diseases while working towards the global eradication of such diseases.


Our strategic priorities are:

  • To raise community awareness of Retina Australia and inherited retinal diseases.
  • To facilitate support to individuals, families and friends affected by inherited retinal disease.
  • To be a credible and preferred source of information related to inherited retinal diseases
  • To raise and distribute funds for research into prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of inherited retinal diseases.


    Retina Australia will focus on the following values.


    Supportive – Retina Australia demonstrates and promotes being supportive by:


    • providing peer support and information to persons affected by inherited retinal disease;
    • actively listening to members and others in the community who are personally affected by an inherited retinal disease;
    • sharing personal stories about living with an inherited retinal disease;
    • encouraging all those affected by an inherited retinal disease to participate fully in their community; and
    • raising money for research into inherited retinal disease.


    Accountability – Retina Australia demonstrates accountability by:


    (i)       working to clear objectives in a transparent manner;

    (ii)      accepting responsibility for their decisions and actions;

    (iii)     seeking  to achieve best use of resources; and

    (iv)    submitting themselves to appropriate scrutiny.


    Responsiveness – Retina Australia demonstrates responsiveness by:


    (i)      providing frank, impartial and timely advice to members of the community and the

    (ii)     providing high quality services to all those affected by inherited retinal disease; and

    (iii)    identifying and promoting reputable services, research projects and clinical trials.


    Integrity – Retina Australia demonstrates integrity by:


    (i)     being honest, open and transparent in their dealings;

    (ii)     using powers responsibly;

    (iii)     reporting improper conduct; and

    (iv)    avoiding any real or apparent conflicts of interest.


    Inclusiveness – Retina Australia demonstrates inclusiveness by:


    • valuing diversity amongst its members and other members of the community;
    • treating all members, and potential members, fairly and equally irrespective of their cultural or political background; and
    • working towards improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of those disadvantaged by their degree of vision impairment to contribute to their community.


    Participation – Retina Australia demonstrates participation by:


    • encouraging all those affected by inherited retinal diseases to interact with their communities, develop friendships and participate in extracurricular activities;
    • contributing as a member to Retina International;
    • collaborating with other like-minded organisations for the benefit of members and others affected by inherited retinal disease; and
    • ensuring that members have the opportunity to contribute to decisions which may affect them

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Marketing & Fundraising Manager – Retina Australia via Pro Bono Australia.

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