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Senior Philanthropy Officer

Organisation : Abbotsford Convent

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Fundraising, Grants & Philanthropy, Program Coordination & Management

Sector : Arts & Culture, Community Engagement, Foundations, Trusts & Philanthropy

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 6 Nov, 2020

About the role

  • Play an integral role in the development and management of ACF’s philanthropic grants program.
  • Support the strategy and delivery of the Convent’s annual public fundraising campaigns and generate new partnerships that produce high value outcomes for the community.
  • Thrive in a dynamic environment with a unique and diverse group of stakeholders.

ACF is currently recruiting for an experienced and highly motivated fundraising, development and communications professional to join our team. The Senior Philanthropy Officer will provide high-level
strategic and specialist support within the Fundraising and Development department, helping to deliver and grow the Convent’s year-round fundraising initiatives. With your exceptional grant writing skills, complimented by strong research and analytical skills, and excellent project management, copywriting and content creation experience, you will support the Head of Development in implementing and maintaining a successful and sustainable philanthropy and development program at the Convent.

Key responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Development and management of ACF’s philanthropic funding proposals and reporting;
  • Proactively identifying, researching, and scoping relevant opportunities for funding support from government, philanthropic partners, PAFs and corporate foundations, for organisational priorities;
  • Development and execution of an expanded communications and engagement strategy
  •  Supporting the development and delivery of bi-annual public fundraising campaigns;
  • Managing a portfolio of donors and partners, including managing ACF’s Regular Giving program;
  • Managing the creation and delivery of a range of targeted engagement events and activities to cultivate and support donor and stakeholder engagement; and
  • Supporting the diversification of ACF’s philanthropic revenue to expand its financial supporter base, increase community engagement and deliver on organisational strategic priorities.

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated, personable and authentic individual with a strong work ethic, high level relationship management and research and analytical skills, with a proven track record in developing successful grant applications, and ability to create a suite of engaging donor communications. Ideally, you are an all-round enthusiastic and positive team player, a flexible self-starter with a passionate interest in supporting arts, culture, community connectedness and wellbeing.

This is a full-time, fixed term contract role until 30 June 2022, with a salary package of circa $78K per annum plus superannuation. A four month probation applies.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Abbotsford Convent

Just four kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, and spread over 16 acres, the National Heritage Listed Abbotsford Convent is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct—a place of art, culture and learning. This
nationally and internationally unique precinct is an essential arts, creative industries, and community asset in Victoria. The Convent is managed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF), the not-for-profit social enterprise that owns and operates the precinct on behalf of the community.

Abbotsford Convent is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people of all abilities, and people from LGBTQIA+ communities.

How to apply

Position Description : Senior-Philanthropy-Officer_Oct-2020

All applications should be submitted by email and comprise of:

  • A current CV.
  • A covering letter (no more than one page) detailing why you would like to work for the Abbotsford Convent Foundation within the Development department.
  • Response to the Key Selection Criteria citing relevant examples of your experience and achievements (no more than three pages).


Please quote in application: Senior Philanthropy Officer via Pro Bono Australia.



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