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Director of Philanthropy & Fundraising

Organisation : The Heart Research Institute

Location : Sydney (NEWTOWN)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Fundraising

Sector : Science & Technology

Salary type : Annual Package

About the role

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a seasoned fundraising professional with an extensive track record in major gifts and philanthropy (six and/or seven figure gifts) to join us at a critical and exciting stage of our growth.

As Director of Philanthropy & Fundraising, you will work with the Chief Executive and Board to lead a revitalised and aspirational development plan for HRI into the future.

You will court and convert donors capable of contributing six-figure gifts to support our people, science and capital plans, while leading and developing a maturing team of fundraising and philanthropy professionals, which includes an extensive (international) individual giving program.

Your leadership will focus on building a culture of philanthropy, identifying research and clinical champions to help provide the development and cultivation of top-level prospects behind a focused vision.

About you

You are a recognised fundraising professional, with an appetite for growth, and supported by: 

  • A demonstrated leadership of a Philanthropy/Fundraising program with particular emphasis on developing major supporter relationships (+5 years);
  • Track-record of personally courting and delivering major gifts;
  • Experience in developing and nurturing high-performance, accountable cultures in the non-profit sector;
  • Credibility in working with, presenting to, and leveraging opportunities from Board and Board Sub-Committees.



About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Heart Research Institute

The Heart Research Institute (HRI) is an internationally recognised medical research institute that performs groundbreaking cardiovascular research.

Led by 14 groups, 150 scientific staff, across 4 key themes of research over 2 campuses, HRI has built a reputation for impact-led research into cardiovascular disease, strongly supported by donor support which has invested $250M over the past decade.  We firmly believe the next decade will be even more exciting.

How to apply

 For more information about the position, please contact Elissa Dwyer, Director Human Resources at

Applications should contain a detailed resume and cover letter.

Please apply as soon as possible however as this job ad will close when sufficient suitable responses have been received.  Due to the volume of applications expected, only shortlisted candidates may be contacted.

Eligibility: To apply for this position you must hold full Australian work rights.

The Heart Research Institute supports Equal Employment Opportunity. We value diversity and encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disability, LGBTQI individuals and applicants of diverse cultures and ages.

Please quote in application: Director of Philanthropy & Fundraising via Pro Bono Australia.


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