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Organisation : Oaktree

Location : Online

Time required : 1-2 days/ week, flexible on arrangement

Duration of project : Pref minimum 6 month commitment.

Sector : Community Engagement, Foundations, Trusts & Philanthropy, Youth & Young People

Application closing date : 19 Jul, 2021

About the role

As a youth-run organisation, Oaktree is always looking for innovative ways to build the capacity of young people. To do so, Oaktree is broadening its revenue streams so that we have access to more resources that will allow us to turn our big ideas into a reality. The role of Grants Research Officer has become an integral part of this success, as we look to increase our sponsorship and funding.


The Grants Research Officer is tasked with scoping grant opportunities and writing funding applications. The Grants Research Officer will work closely with the Grants Manager and other funding officers to submit successful funding applications and establish relationships with grant-giving foundations. 


As Grants Research Officer, a typical day might look like:

  • Researching and keeping up to date with grant opportunities for Australia’s largest youth-empowerment organisation;
  • Evaluating potential grant opportunities;
  • Updating our grants database and management systems;
  • Writing grant applications, clearly communicating the impact of Oaktree’s domestic and international work;
  • Managing grant contracts and writing grant reports and acquittals;
  • Liaising with funding officers to support other partnership and funding work
  • Attending team meetings and one-on-one meetings.


We value will over skill, determination over degrees, and passion over years of experience. So go for it! Put your name forward.


Who we are looking for:

  • Someone with the ability to thrive working both in a team and independently; 
  • Strong communication skills, with a particularly strong emphasis on writing and editing; 
  • A proven work ethic, excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Someone with the initiative and drive to continuously learn and improve.


What you will get out of it:          

  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector;
  • Access to training and mentoring within the not-for-profit sector;
  • Experience in liaising with foundations and levels of government;
  • Experience in event and relationship management;
  • The chance to gain practical experience and rapidly develop a vast array of skills, including grant scoping, pitching and stakeholder management;
  • The opportunity to meet passionate, like-minded people and to build extensive networks; 
  • The opportunity to play an important role in the movement to create a more just world.


TIME COMMITMENT: 2 days a week | This is a voluntary position

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Monday 19th July 2021 11:59PM


  • This role requires individuals to be between 16-26 years of age
  • This role requires individuals to complete work onsite (Melbourne) or virtually


About the organisation

Organisation name : Oaktree

Oaktree is young people leading a movement to end extreme poverty. Extreme poverty has already been halved and together we can end it.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.

Please quote in application: Grants Research Officer via Pro Bono Australia.


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