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Organisation : Environmental Film Festival Australia

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 12 hours per week

Duration of project : April - November

Sector : Arts & Culture

Posted on : 2 Apr, 2020

About the role

About the role

As a 100% volunteer-run organisation, EFFA’s ability to identify and attract funding via partnerships, grants, sponsorships, fundraising and philanthropic giving is critical.  The newly created role of Partnerships & Development Manager will play a pivotal part in identifying new income streams to support the growth of EFFA. With a new Festival Director at the helm, a new arts stream being developed, and with greater general public interest in environmental issues than ever before, this is an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for EFFA during an exciting time of change. 

While we envision this being an ongoing managerial role of both developing and implementing a long term development plan, alongside writing and submitting grant applications, we do welcome applications from those who wish to undertake a more consultative role developing the plan as a standalone project.

This is a voluntary position, running from late March/early April to late November, with the possibility of extending. The average time commitment is approximately 12 hours per week, with more time required closer to the festival. Hours will vary and are generally flexible to suit around your other commitments. You will be predominantly working remotely, with regular meetings in Melbourne throughout the year. The successful applicant will gain invaluable practical experience, develop broad networks and establish industry connections.

Key responsibilities

  • Create and implement a development plan for EFFA, researching and applying for new sources of income including via sponsorship, philanthropy, grants, bequests and campaigns
  • Create and maintain a calendar of relevant grants, including trust and foundation and government grants, which are relevant to EFFA (with a focus on environmental, arts and cultural and educational grants)
  • Write and submit grant applications/acquittals with the assistance of the Festival Director
  • Identify ways to maximise fundraising opportunities at EFFA’s annual fundraising event
  • Source sponsorship leads
  • Coordinate with Impact and Marketing Teams as required

About us 

The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is an entirely volunteer-run organisation, operating in Melbourne since 2010. 

EFFA is more than just a film festival – it’s a catalyst for positive and sustainable change. We inform, inspire, entertain and educate audiences of all ages, sharing films from around the world. Our key mission is to showcase great cinema and art that celebrates nature, flora, fauna and wildlife, champions the people, organisations and projects protecting our environment, and illustrates the unprecedented global threats our world faces, such as climate change, food sustainability, habitat loss and pollution.

Following record attendance in 2019, with the festival hosting more than 20 screenings, alongside panel discussions, parties and special events, our next edition promises to be our biggest yet, tapping into the ever-growing interest in and concern about the world around us. 

EFFA takes place in Melbourne in October, with several smaller events being planned year-round. Visit effa.org.au to find out more. 

Benefits of volunteering

EFFA has a passionate, values-driven and diverse team who were attracted to the festival for a multitude of reasons: from bringing unique perspectives to the big screen to harnessing their unique skill sets to enact social change. EFFA provides an opportunity to gain experience in a leading arts festival and to help contribute to a better world. With 76% of volunteers staying year-on-year, and with many people leaving to pursue new festival-related roles, you’ll be joining a group of fun, dedicated, like-minded people.

By being part of EFFA, you’ll:

  • Inspire audiences of all ages to make positive and sustainable change, as we tackle the biggest challenges the world has ever faced
  • Work with and promote the world’s best environmental filmmakers and artists
  • Be part of a fun, passionate team, all inspired by the power of filmmaking to capture hearts and minds
  • Share and develop your skills with one of Australia’s most notable sustainability events
  • Enjoy complimentary access to EFFA screenings and events

About you

With experience in business development, partnerships and fundraising, you will be passionate about supporting impactful organisations to be sustainable and preferably have experience working in development opportunities within the arts, cultural, festival, events and/or environment sectors.

A strategically-minded individual, you will have a successful track record of securing new revenue streams and be looking for an opportunity to use your skills to truly make a difference and help make the festival a success.

Qualifications & experience

  • Tertiary degree in business, marketing or a relevant discipline, or equivalent relevant industry experience
  • Fundraising and development experience (preferably at least three years)
  • Relationships and contacts with relevant philanthropic organisations and/or donors
  • Proven experience in developing successful partnerships, fundraising campaigns, grant writing, and/or securing new revenue streams

Key selection criteria


  • Tertiary degree in business, marketing or a relevant discipline, or equivalent relevant industry experience
  • Proven experience in delivering successful and dynamic fundraising and development campaigns (preferably at least three years)
  • Highly developed written communications skills and the ability to think creatively
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, with experience working with diverse groups to achieve shared goals.


  • Experience working in the arts, film, festival, environmental or not-for-profit sector
  • An interest in contemporary environmental issues at a local, national and international level
  • A passion for film, particularly documentaries, shorts and issues-based cinema

How to apply

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the key selection criteria outlined above and why you would like to volunteer for EFFA to the Director, Nathan Senn at nathan@effa.org.au.

Applications are due by 5:00pm Wednesday 15 April and will be assessed as they are received so please apply as soon as possible.

We welcome applications from people of all abilities, cultures and backgrounds. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn and work and we pay our respects to the Kulin Elders and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples to apply.


About the organisation

Organisation name : Environmental Film Festival Australia
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.

Please quote in application: Partnerships & Development Manager via Pro Bono Australia.


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