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Director of Philanthropic Services

Organisation : Australian Communities Foundation (c/ Gembridge)

Location : Australia, Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Profession : CEO & Senior Management, Grants & Philanthropy, Management

Sector : Foundations, Trusts & Philanthropy

Salary type : Annual Package

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Communities Foundation (c/ Gembridge)

About the role

  • Contribute to effective giving & impact
  • Lead people, strategy & relationships
  • Melbourne (or other capital city)

Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) is a community of giving, powered by a courageous ambition: a fairer and more sustainable Australia. As a broker of change, ACF connects those who can give with the people and organisations leading the way.
With more than 25 years of experience in catalysing positive social and environmental change, ACF makes philanthropy easy and accessible for people from all walks of life.  They are currently home to more than 400+ funds and foundations, led by families, individuals, giving groups, and corporate/NFP organisations across Australia.
Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Philanthropic Services is a newly created position due to exponential growth, and to support ACF’s next strategic plan and aspirational vision. You will lead a high-performing team, their clients, and the organisation to achieve maximum impact through strategic and effective giving. 
About YOU

  • Passionate about social and environmental justice, and you seek to use your influence to move capital to where it can be most effective in redressing inequity.
  • Deep commitment to the importance of respectfully guiding people and organisations on their giving journey. The prioritisation of diverse voices and lived experience is fundamental to the way you work.
  • An experienced public speaker and facilitator, and you relish finding and amplifying the work of Australia’s most effective changemakers.
  • You thrive in a team-based environment, lead by example and are not afraid to roll up your sleeves. You take initiative and enjoy solving problems.
  • Committed to building strong relationships with your team, your colleagues, and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong values and bring a positive and supportive attitude to your work. You understand that as a senior leader, the culture you promote, and build is the culture people experience.
  • Strategic nous and enjoy working closely with the CEO, the Board and the Executive Leadership Team to develop, deliver and measure progress against strategy.
  • Relevant professional experience is essential. Experience in the for-purpose sector will be highly regarded.

APPLY NOW if you are an entrepreneurial leader with experience leading people, strategy, client relationships and growth, together with strong alignment to ACF’s values – Inclusion, Agency, Courage, and Fairness.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Michelle Varcoe or Jenni D’Orival on 03 8375 9661 or email

Closing Date – Monday 20 June 2022

ACF is proud to be an inclusive and equal opportunity workplace. We support flexible work arrangements, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people identifying as LGBTQIA+, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and people with lived experience of disability.

How to apply


Please quote in application: Director of Philanthropic Services via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #CEO_and_Senior_Management, #Grants_and_Philanthropy, #Management
Sector: #Foundations_Trusts_and_Philanthropy


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