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Fundraising and Communications Manager

Organisation : South West Sydney Legal Centre

Location : Sydney (Liverpool)

Work type : Full-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Marketing, Media & Communications

Sector : Indigenous, Law, Justice & Human Rights, Women

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $90,000-$94,000 plus superannuation

Application closing date : 31 May, 2021

About the role

We are seeking a communications and fundraising specialist who also has a passion for social justice, for this new role. Reporting to the CEO, you will use your skills and experience to make a transformative impact on our external profile and communications, our internal communications, and on our capacity to meet increasing demand for our services. The ideal applicant will have outstanding networking and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to use a strategic approach to developing a philanthropy and fundraising program; business development experience would also be highly regarded.

This role will suit applicants who embrace the opportunity to build a philanthropy/ fundraising strategy from scratch (mostly grants, major gifts, corporate partnerships, foundations and occasional events) and collaborate with the CEO and leadership team to ensure best practice communications. Projects in the first year may include:  rebranding, website upgrade, database (CRM software) selection and setup, communication and fundraising strategies, strategic networking with philanthropists and foundations, grant writing and a fundraising event/challenge.

The Communications and Fundraising Manager will be based at our Liverpool office; a flexible approach to working from home and the office would be considered after the probation period.

The successful applicant will have at least five years’ experience in communications and/or fundraising roles and ideally a tertiary qualification in a field related to journalism, media, communications, public relations, business, sales, fundraising, social impact or marketing . An ability to work autonomously, handle competing priorities and efficiently manage projects is essential.

Digital competence is also a key requirement – you will be confident using your digital  skills in communications and fundraising. Applicants should have experience using and/or setting up CRM or donor databases, have online fundraising experience, and have a high level of digital communications expertise including in social media, cloud-based newsletter software (EDMs) and editing/uploading/managing website content via a CMS. Ability to use software such as Canva and Adobe Creative Cloud for design in communications and video editing would also be highly regarded.

You will be able to demonstrate your confidence and previous success in executing fundraising strategies, and you will know how to maximise the influence of the CEO and leadership team in supporting those strategies. In addition, you will have the experience and skills to enhance SWSLC communications including for example with staff, media, government funding organisations, organisational partners, donors, clients, trustees and representatives of foundations and PAFs, and key stakeholders and partners in the communities in which we work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : South West Sydney Legal Centre

South West Sydney Legal Centre (SWSLC) is a not for profit, community legal centre. We deliver legal services to facilitate access to justice for disadvantaged people in South West Sydney including specialised legal services for victim-survivors of DFV. We also provide information, court support, referral and casework to victim-survivors of DFV through government funded DFV services. Our DFV services cover LGAs in South West Sydney and Central Sydney.

SWSLC uses a multidisciplinary model bringing together lawyers, social workers, and community workers to provide trauma-informed, client-centred and culturally safe legal assistance and DFV support services to clients. Services are provided through phone support and face-to-face services in our offices, at courts and through outreach services and community engagement. SWSLC has offices in Liverpool, Bankstown, Smithfield and Sydney.

How to apply

  1. Visit our website for a copy of the position description, essential and desirable criteria and instructions on how to apply.                
  2. Send your covering letter, resume and a document detailing how your skills and experience meet the essential and desirable criteria, to Alison Shave:
  3. Please address the essential criteria in full. Applications that do not address the essential criteria will not be considered.

Please quote in application: Fundraising and Communications Manager via Pro Bono Australia.


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