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Organisation : St Vincent's Foundation

Location : Melbourne (Fitzroy)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Foundations, Trusts & Philanthropy

Salary type : Annual Package

About the role

  • Exceptional opportunity in philanthropy and income development
  • Exceptional opportunity in philanthropy and income development

St Vincent’s Foundation Melbourne is proudly part of Australia’s largest Catholic non-profit healthcare provider. It serves St Vincent’s Public Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne, Caritas Christi Hospice and the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery, leveraging a 127 year history of delivering exceptional patient care.

The Foundation team raises operational and capital funds through direct marketing, bequests, major gifts and events, community and digital fundraising, grants, submissions to Trusts and Foundations and patient engagement. As CEO, you report jointly to the Chief Executives of the Public and Private Hospitals.

You are a values-led, dynamic, innovative and passionate professional in philanthropy, whose exemplary track record in income generation is founded on a business development mindset. You exude professionalism and drive, having built deep connections to create a broad spectrum of like-minded people of true influence.

The Organisation

St Vincent’s Health Australia:
St Vincent’s Health Australia is the nation’s largest Catholic not-for-profit health and aged care provider. We are a clinical, research and education leader working in private hospitals, public hospitals and aged care services in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. We are proud to serve as a ministry of the Catholic Church in Australia under the stewardship of Mary Aikenhead Ministries. St Vincent’s Health Australia employs more than 20,000 staff and operates more than 2,600 hospital beds and 1,100 residential aged care places. In our hospitals, we provide more than 1 million episodes of care for patients each year.
St Vincent’s mission is to provide high quality and efficient health services to the people of Victoria in accordance with the philosophy of St Vincent’s Health Australia. This mission is based on the values of compassion, justice, integrity and excellence.
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) is a leading teaching, research and tertiary public health service, which employs more than 7,000 staff across 20 sites throughout Melbourne. St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne (SVPM) with 500 registered beds and more than 2,000 staff across three hospitals located in Fitzroy, East Melbourne, Kew and Werribee, is one of Melbourne’s busiest acute care private hospitals.

St Vincent’s Public:
SVHM provides a diverse range of adult clinical services including acute medical and surgical services, sub-acute care, cancer services, medical diagnostics, rehabilitation, allied health, mental health, palliative care, correctional health and residential aged care.  St Vincent’s Public has been at the forefront of the health response to COVID-19, delivering vaccinations in a variety of community settings, including the Royal Exhibition Building.
SVHM has a major infrastructure development agenda including building Australia’s first hospital-based biomedical engineering research and education centre, the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery.

St Vincent’s Private:
For over 100 years, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Melbourne has excelled in the delivery of quality patient care. They work in partnership with patients and their families to take a compassionate and holistic approach to healthcare.
The experienced team of clinical professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. They work together to ensure patient’s safety, wellbeing and recovery.
St Vincent’s Private aim to continually push the boundaries of healthcare and improve patient outcomes. As part of this, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Melbourne is a leading centre for education and research. They are committed to the ongoing training and development of healthcare professionals and are partnered with a number of universities in medical, nursing and allied health practice.
Our major specialities are orthopaedics, cardiac services, maternity, paediatrics, reconstructive plastic surgery and neuroscience.  Other specialties include ear, nose and throat, oral and faciomaxilliary surgery, oncology, haematology, gynaecology, urology, thoracics and colorectal surgery.

Local Work Environment:
St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation is located on the Fitzroy campus. The Foundation’s purpose is to support excellence in research, medical innovation and clinical care by raising funds and creating awareness of the hospitals in the community. The Foundation raises operational and capital funds for both the Public and the Private Hospitals.
The Foundation was established in 1993. Over the past 28 years it has generated revenue totalling $117million, with almost $24 million raised in the last three years.
The Foundation team has a diverse group of fundraisers with expertise in direct marketing, gift in wills, major events, major gifts, community fundraising, digital fundraising, grants submissions to Trusts & Foundations and database administration.

Position Description

The Foundation CEO will report jointly to the Chief Executive Officers of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne.
The CEO will have a close working relationship with the Executive teams of the public and private divisions and key SVHA Executive.  The CEO will be responsible for leading a team of fundraising professionals to:

  • Continuously review and implement the organisational philanthropic and fundraising strategies to ensure St. Vincent’s can sustainably fulfil its mission and meet growth aspirations. This includes generating new concepts for fundraising and delivering existing revenue streams.
  • Build a culture and reputation of philanthropy within St. Vincent’s employees, donors and the broader community
  • Hold the key prominent donor and Patron relationships, in partnership with the appropriate members of staff.

Position Duties:
The CEO is accountable for the leadership, development and implementation of the philanthropic strategic direction, including supporting a business development mind set to expand income streams.
The CEO will be responsible for the development and execution of a 5-year philanthropic / fundraising strategy which will include responsibility for the successful completion of two major capital campaigns, the expansion of income to support projects within the public and the private hospitals, ongoing funding for the recently completed Caritas Christi Redevelopment and Werribee Private Hospitals and the continued embedding of the Grateful Patient Program across all St Vincent’s Hospitals in Victoria.   Strategic responsibilities of the role:

  1. a) Drive growth to support SVHA’s strategic objectives by:
  • Supporting the delivery of a $40M capital campaign specifically focussed on the ACMD. This project will be supported by the ACMD Capital Campaign Director, along with the ACMD Philanthropy Advisory Council and the ACMD National Assembly.
  • Assisting in the establishment of the $20M rebuilding campaign for the Private Hospital Fitzroy, which will be supported by the Private Hospital Capital Campaign Director and the Capital Campaign Committee.
  • Driving the major gifts program and key relationships to support other future major projects and campaigns across the public and private facilities, including the recently completed Caritas Christi Centre for Palliative Care and the Private Hospital Werribee. The Private Hospital Werribee is supported by the ‘Invest in the West’ Campaign Committee.
  • Ensuring communications and interactions are consistent with and further St. Vincent’s strategic direction
  • Establishing and grow philanthropic links with business, industry and individuals
  • Maintaining and growing links with identified and prospective key high net worth donors.
  • Connecting to front line staff and clinicians to successfully drive the Grateful Patient Program
  • Representing philanthropy and giving at appropriate internal and external forums.
  1. b) Build giving culture and reputation of the Foundation by:
  • Liaising with key donors to develop and further embed relationships
  • Building the Foundation profile within St. Vincent’s employees and alumni
  • Crafting the overall story of brilliance and compassion to elicit support from the donor community
  • Conceiving and driving targeted and innovative campaigns to raise awareness and funds.
  • Driving a culture of support and collegiality within the Foundation team to ensure stability and growth.
  1. c) Deliver effective leadership by:
  • Exceptional Stakeholder management with Committees and Boards, expert volunteers and St Vincent’s Health Australia Executive leaders across all Divisions
  • Leading and developing a senior team of fundraisers including the Capital Campaign Directors and the Deputy Director.
  • Building and mentoring relationships with key internal stakeholders such as specialist clinicians

Incumbent Obligations:


  • Perform the duties of the position to the best of their ability and to a standard acceptable to SVHA
  • Comply with and ensure all those in the area they manage, comply with all SVHA requirements policies, procedures, by laws and directions
  • Ensure all those in the area they manage, only access confidential information held by SVHM when this is necessary for business purposes, maintaining the confidentiality of that information once accessed
  • Display adaptability and flexibility to meet the changing operational needs of the business
  • Maintain skills and knowledge necessary to safely and skilfully undertake duties
  • Take personal responsibility for the quality and safety of work performed
  • Recognise the relationship between clinical and non-clinical functions in the achievement of optimal safety and quality care
  • Take all necessary care and precautions in the performance of duties
  • Participate in risk management and continuous quality improvement activities as part of day-to-day work

Health and Safety

  • Ensure all health and safety related policies, procedures and directions are complied with in the area they manage
  • Report incidents and accidents and collaborate with management to resolve safety issues
  • Ensure all in the area they manage undertake annual Fire and Emergency Training and comply with fire and emergency procedures
  • Ensure all those in the area they manage, treat others with respect, behaving professionally and in accordance with the SVHA Code of Conduct and undertaking annual Workplace Culture and Equity Training
  • Conduct regular safety audits with Health and Safety Representatives and implement required improvements
  • Minimise WorkCover costs by actively assisting the return to work of any employee injured in the area they manage.

Human Resource Management

  • Ensure that workforce planning is regularly undertaken and implemented to provide for the ongoing resource needs of the area they manage.
  • Ensure recruitment and working practices comply with applicable Enterprise Bargaining Agreement and cost effectively support delivery of quality service.
  • Ensure new employees are properly inducted to their local work environment and attend the General Hospital Orientation program.
  • Ensure all those who work in the area managed, undertake an annual performance review and are developed to reach their full potential.
  • Maintaining skills and knowledge necessary to safely and skilfully undertake duties.
  • Ensure leave is rostered fairly and that employees in the area managed, regularly take leave and do not accumulate excessive leave except where a plan is in place as to when that leave will be taken
  • Actively manage individual and team performance to maximise performance and minimise workplace problems and conflict
  • Continuously seek individual and team improvement and take responsibility for the introduction of any changes required to bring about such improvements

Financial Management

  • Participate in the development of the annual budget allocation for the area managed
  • Monitor EFT and expenditure to ensure spending remains within budget allocation
  • Ensure decision making remains within delegated authority

Key Relationships:

  • Chief Executive Officers and Executive teams of St Vincent’s Health Melbourne (Public and Private Divisions)
  • Associated Research Institutes
  • ACMD and related partners
  • Community
  • stakeholders
  • Boards Committees and Patrons.
  • Alumni
  • Clinical Directors and Heads of Unit
  • Major Trusts & Foundations
  • Major philanthropists and donors

The Candidate:

The incumbent of this position will be expected to possess the following core capabilities:

Personal effectiveness: Generates results under challenging circumstances.
Learning Agility: Embraces change and works efficiently in unfamiliar and ambiguous situations.

Patient / Resident centred: Understands and responds to current and emerging healthcare approaches.
Innovation and Improvement: Simulates and embeds continuous improvement.

Driving Results: Develops and implements strategy for area of responsibility.
Organisational Acumen: Develops departmental plans that anticipate future needs and mitigate risks.

Working with and managing others: Inspires others and fosters a climate that supports the growth and development of individuals.
Collaboration: Develops partnerships and manages partnerships to optimise outcomes.

Essential Registration, License or Qualification Requirements:

  • Degree qualifications in fundraising, marketing, communications, and/or public relations, commerce or business
  • Fundraising qualifications (CFRE) will be viewed favourably
  • Demonstrated senior leadership experience in leading a significant sized fundraising portfolio or commercial enterprise

Other Essential Requirements:
 Outstanding capacity to build internal and external relations

  • Outstanding strategic planning and problem solving skills
  • Sound judgment and ability to provide practical commercial solutions and strategic advice
  • Commitment to professionalism, excellence in service and quality outcomes
  • Extensive experience in managing professional staff
  • Organised, able to prioritise and manage projects at a high level
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage large scale media and publicity events
  • Experience in fundraising leadership within a complex organisation
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Creative mind with a record of innovative ideas to drive fundraising and philanthropic efforts

About the organisation

Organisation Name : St Vincent's Foundation

How to apply


Please quote in application: CEO (AS789) via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Management
Sector: #Foundations_Trusts_and_Philanthropy

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