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Organisation : Cancer Council Victoria

Location : Melbourne (East Melbourne)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Grants & Philanthropy, Management

Sector : Foundations, Trusts & Philanthropy, Other

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $110,000 - $123,000 + super + NFP benefits.

Application closing date : 27 Feb, 2024

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Cancer Council Victoria

Every year, more than 35,500 Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer, and 11,000 will die from cancer. The number of cases will increase as our population grows and ages. Survival will also improve as we get better at  early detection and  treatment of cancer.

Since our establishment in 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for our innovative work in  cancer research,  prevention and  support. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we play a leading role in reducing the impact of all cancers on all people.

About the role

  • Lead the development of the Partnerships and Philanthropy strategy.
  • Be a part of Australia’s most trusted ‘Not for Profit’ organisation.
  • Join an award-winning workplace culture.
  • Flexible, supportive environment.
  • Hybrid working environment combining working from home and in brand new CBD office located on Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.
  • Full time, ongoing position.

About your environment

Since our establishment in 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for our innovative work in cancer researchprevention and support. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we play a leading role in reducing the impact of all cancers on all people.

The Fundraising and Communications Division is responsible for ensuring that Cancer Council maintains a visible, engaging presence in the community; and to inspire and activate support from Victorians.

This is achieved through best-practice high volume direct marketing approaches; exceptional relationship management of high value supporters including major donors, charitable foundations, corporate partners and Gifts in Wills supporters; delivery of iconic fundraising events; and product sales and royalties through our retail arm.

The Partnerships and Philanthropy Unit is responsible for developing and implementing an effective relationship management approach with high value supporters to deliver significant and sustainable income to support the work of Cancer Council Victoria – working with major donors, charitable foundations, corporate partners and Gifts in Wills supporters.

About your opportunity

We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Manager, Partnerships and Philanthropy to lead the development, and oversee implementation of the Partnerships and Philanthropy strategy, aimed at significantly growing big gift revenue from Major Donors, Trust and Foundations and Corporates. This role will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a new Partnerships and Philanthropy strategy to grow philanthropic income
  • Lead and manage staff, including monitoring progress against priorities, conducting performance reviews and recruitment
  • Manage a portfolio of Cancer Council Victoria’s highest value Major Gift, Trust and Foundation and Corporate supporters to foster meaningful relationships that meet the goals and ambitions of philanthropic supporters and Cancer Council.
  • Build and strengthen strategic relationships with leaders across Cancer Council Victoria to develop solid knowledge of the priority programs that require funding by the Partnerships and Philanthropy Unit
  • Effectively represent Cancer Council at external meetings with supporters, charitable foundations, and sector events where appropriate.
  • Contribute to a culture of innovation and continuous improvement

All about you

We are looking for someone with:

  • Relevant tertiary degree qualification in a related relevant discipline, or equivalent business development or relationship management
  • Demonstrated experience securing major gifts (minimum six figure sums) and sustaining a portfolio of major gift relationships
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of philanthropic giving principles across different sectors, and current fundraising environment and trends
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience in empowering staff to foster collaborative relationships while delivering operational priorities
  • Proven capacity to grow income sustainably. 
  • Substantial ability to foster a culture of growth, innovation and continuous improvement to drive results.


What we can offer you:

  • A flexible and supportive workplace, with excellent work-life balance and opportunities for career progression and development
  • The opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by cancer
  • A base salary within range $110,000 – $123,000 pa (pro-rata for part time) plus superannuation
  • Salary packaging benefits of up to $15,900 plus meals/entertainment $2,650 p.a. 
  • Novated car leasing
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Cultural leave of up to 5 days paid.
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave and up to 12 months unpaid leave.
  • A comprehensive employee assistance program
  • A range of personal and professional development initiatives such as study support, in-house, external, and online learning options as well as the opportunity to apply for scholarships.
  • A range of wellness initiatives such as an employee assistance programs, flu vaccination, mental and general well-being support, and discounted health insurance.

Why You'll love working here

Equal Opportunity Employer

Work from home

Equal Opportunity Employer

Employee discount

How to apply

To apply and for more info

To apply for this opportunity, visit to download a Position Description and upload your Resume and Cover Letter. Ensure that your cover letter addresses the Key Selection Criteria detailed within the Position Description. For more information contact Caitlin McKinnell at

Cancer Council will only contact applicants that are shortlisted for interview. We are also unable to respond to recruitment agency enquiries.

All offers of employment will be made subject to satisfactory completion of employment checks including evidence of right to work in Australia, a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check (as required).

Applications close 27 February 2024

Cancer Council Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Cancer Council Victoria is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, all applicants will be considered for employment. We encourage all people to apply including people who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, identify as LGBTIQA+, have a disability, or are part of our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.


Please quote in application: Senior Manager, Partnerships and Philanthropy via Pro Bono Australia.

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