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Major Gifts Manager

Organisation : Australian Museum

Location : Sydney

Work type : Full-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Events, Fundraising, Project Management

Sector : Arts & Culture, Government

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : Clerk Grade 9/10 ($111,077 - $122,404) with a total remuneration package up to $136,296 per annum

Application closing date : 1 Aug, 2021

About the role

 Major Gifts Manager

Salary Classification: Clerk Grade 9/10 ($111,077 – $122,404) with a total remuneration package up to $136,296 per annum

Employment Status: Temporary full time   

Engagement period: For a period up to 30 June 2022.

About the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum (AM) operates within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, is the first museum in Australia and was founded in 1827. The AM provides access, engagement and scientific research to increase our understanding of natural history and culture, particularly of the Australasian region. The AM holds more than 21 million objects of biological, geological and cultural collections and develops programs, exhibitions and school and community education initiatives onsite, online and offsite.  

The AM mission is: To ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change. 

The AM vision is: To be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. We commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations’ culture; and continue to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs. 


For more information, visit the website


The AM supports a diverse workforce and promotes applications from First Nation and Torres Strait Islander people. People with disabilities who meet the selection criteria are encouraged to apply; and where required, Australian Museum will implement reasonable adjustment consistent with industry standard.

About the Role

The Major Gifts Manager is a key role in building on the success of the Australian Museum to increase its philanthropic ambitions. The role will secure financial support for the Australian Museum from private sources with a focus on individual donors and Trusts & Foundations in order to build a community of philanthropic support to achieve the AM’s strategic vision. The role works closely with the AMF Trustees, AM’s Executive Leadership Team and key internal project leaders to secure funding for a variety of significant projects, including First Nations activities, scientific research projects, capital works, gallery redevelopment, education projects and public programs.  

Essential Requirements

  • Proven success in raising significant funds from private sources, ideally with a proven track record in major gifts
  • Comprehensive senior experience in managing donor and supporter relationships

Knowledge & Experience

  • Adequate knowledge and experience in order to deliver the Key Accountabilities and perform to the Focus Capabilities outlined in this Role Description


For more information please download the documents Role Description and Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A one to two page covering letter which addresses the role description’s essential requirements and your relevant experience
  2. Resume

As part of the online application process you will be prompted to answer two targeted questions.

  1. What was the largest individual ask you have ever made? Did you secure the gift? Why or why not?
  2. What is one strategy that you would implement to grow the AM’s Major Gift program?



Enquiries: Claudia Rowe, Manager, Strategy and Development, or 0420 966 642

The Australian Museum welcomes applications from First Nation and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disability. Please indicate if you have any accessibility requirements in your application or speak with the contact person should you be called for an interview. We provide reasonable adjustment for people with a disability during the recruitment process and on employment.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Museum

How to apply

Position Description : RD_Major_Gifts_Manager_Final_June2020

Please submit your application via I work for NSW. 


Please quote in application: Major Gifts Manager via Pro Bono Australia.


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