Fundraising and Development Coordinator

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Organisation : Marian Street Theatre for Young People

Location : Sydney (Gordon)

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Arts & Culture, Children, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : 65,000 (pro rata 0.5 FTE)

Application closing date : 16 Mar, 2020

About the role

Marian Street Theatre for Young People has been transforming the lives of young people for over 50 years through its live theatre performances and Drama Education Centre.


MSTYP plays a significant role in the cultural life of Sydney’s northern suburbs and works to deliver excellent outcomes for young people.


We are looking for a person who can significantly contribute to shaping the future of this organisation, through fundraising and development, as it moves into a new phase of its growth.



This is a part-time, newly created, hands-on role. You will be working with a small team to lead and guide the organisation towards building a solid strategic, fundraising plan, in line with the company’s mission and ethos.


The initial focus will be on analysis of the existing supporter base followed by the development and implementation of a sustainable long-term plan to attract funds for the organisation, including both acquisition, across multiple channels, as well as retention of existing supporters.


The role is 2.5 days per week with a salary of $65,000 FTE ($32,500 per annum for 2.5 days per week).




  • Artistic Director / CEO & General Manager to provide briefing. Then this role will compose and provide a thorough written report on the background of ALL funding activities conducted in past 7 years up until now.
  • Research current database and provide analysis/report of existing donors: retention & attrition – including providing a recommendation in relation to CRM database.
  • Work with AD/CEO and GM to create achievable KPIs for this role, particularly in relation to sponsorships and donations
  • Work with AD/CEO and GM to create achievable fundraising targets and budgets for this organisation over a 3-5 year period.
  • Report in to the AD/CEO and work closely with GM to assess and build a solid, sustainable fundraising strategy involving comprehensive written recommendations for both acquisition and retention of donors/funding across appropriate channels.




  • Raise funds: lead, implement, continually review opportunities and develop fundraising activities relating to the acquisition (agreed upon channels) and retention of supporters outlined in organisation’s strategic master plan – these must align with MSTYP values and objectives.
  • Seek business partnerships through prospecting and research, conducting due diligence, cultivating and soliciting corporate organisations.
  • Look for opportunities to integrate corporate sponsors into the organisation – this may include workplace giving.
  • Meet or exceed the financial targets set out and agreed to for the role.
  • Manage and track relevant budget and prospects to ensure the targets are on track.
  • Build, maintain and manage key external relationships.
  • Work with MSTYP staff to build engagement activities for supporters
  • Identify future sources of funding and develop fundraising timeline and schedules
  • Regularly report in to CEO and Marketing Manager on fundraising activities at weekly WIPS; this includes provision of minutes and action items taken at WIPS.



Essential for candidates to have:

  • Experience in a high level fundraising role, whether it be in a charity, agency or arts and cultural organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience in running successful fundraising campaigns, acquisition campaigns across multiple channels as well as experience in donor retention programs.
  • Exceptional relationship management skills with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically.
  • A mature person with well-developed research and organisational skills with superior attention to detail.
  • Be thorough and dedicated to independent arts


We look very favourably upon candidates who have knowledge & experience in the following areas of fundraising:

  • Integrated direct marketing (this includes data analysis followed by Direct Mail/EDM/website); Bequests; Major donors; Corporate Sponsorship.
  • Results oriented, with strong planning, organisational and negotiation skills.
  • Great researcher.
  • Willing to be hands-on if needed
  • Good to have but not essential for this role
  • Knowledge & experience in grants fundraising.
  • Social media & website
  • Patrons
  • Friends/Giving Circles
  • Copy writing skills
  • Experience in arts sector and working with artists



  • Access to benefits such as theatre tickets
  • Small, supportive, experienced team
  • Upper North Shore location
  • Office-based however there is flexibility if absolutely required
  • Work and Life Balance is essential part of what we are
  • Contract role with a view to full time if you like us and we like you
  • Supportive and active arts based community
  • You can see first hand the impact your work has on the lives of young people



Marian Street Theatre for Young People is committed to child safety. We have zero tolerance of child abuse. Our robust human resources, recruitment and vetting practices are strictly adhered to during the application and interviewing process. Applicants should be aware that we carry out working with children, police records and reference checks (as we see fit) to ensure that we are recruiting the right people.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Marian Street Theatre for Young People

MSTYP acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Gayamaygal, Garigal and the Wallamedegal and their Country on which we operate. We show our respect to all Aboriginal people. We acknowledge their Elders in the past and in the present, and acknowledge the spirits and ancestors of those that lived in our area.


Our mission is to enrich the lives of young people by connecting them to the transformative power of live performance. 



Because voice – young people need a safe space to develop their expressive and creative voices. Young people look to a company that believes in them, values their ideas and aspires to produce the highest quality work.

Because tribe – Young people want and need a safe place to fit in, to find their feet, and their place in the world.

Because creativity – Young people need a place to create, make and experiment.

Because art – Young people deserve access to the highest quality art, artists, experience and process.

Because imagination – young people deserve a place to imagine and re-imagine the world they live in.

Because spirit – because MSTYP engenders and emboldens the spirit of young people. 



To inspire more young people to engage with live theatre as both storytellers and participants.       



Marian Street Theatre for Young People (MSTYP) is one of the oldest continually-running children’s theatres and drama schools in Australia, inaugurated in 1969. It has been a unique part of Sydney’s North Shore Ku-ring-gai community for nearly 50 years, originally as an arm of the distinguished Marian Street Theatre Ltd. and since 2001 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation.



Creative thinking, collaboration and imagination will be at the forefront of skills required for a 21st Century world and workforce.

MSTYP uses theatre training alongside live performance to magnify and amplify the stories and questions of our world. Our company asks its participants to imagine the possibilities within the world they are growing up in; to think artistically, critically and creatively, and use theatre as an interpretative lens in their roles as active global citizens. 

  • We create productions for children, providing opportunities for young people to participate in the presentation and making of theatre as actors, stage managers, directors and technical operators.
  • Our main-stage productions provide many young children with their first theatrical experience. Our plays range from fairy tales to modern classics and original Australian stories.
  • MSTYP provides vital professional work for Australian artists - writers, composers, teaching artists, directors and designers.
  • MSTYP creates a supportive environment where young people work together towards a common goal and challenge themselves under the mentorship of theatre professionals. and provide drama training and theatre-making opportunities for young people from the age of three through to young adults.
  • MSTYP is an accessible and inclusive organisation which fosters young people's creative expression and educates Australia's future professional artists. 
  • Our after school and weekend classes and holiday workshops emphasize team work, creative expression, inspiration, laughter, exploration and individual discipline to achieve a personal aim or the group's common goal in telling the stories that reflect their lives. 

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Fundraising and Development Coordinator via Pro Bono Australia.


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