Development Executive (Fundraising) - Australian Wildlife Conservancy

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Closing On: Sunday, 22nd September 2019
Category: Non-Profit
Location: WA
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: Young Lawyer

Job Description:

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is the largest private (non-profit) owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife across almost 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Top End. With a focus on practical land management and world-class science, AWC is implementing a dynamic new model for conservation. As a leader in the field, our mission is the effective conservation of all Australian native species and the habitats in which they live.
We are seeking an exceptional and highly motivated professional to join our Development (fundraising) team. Based in Perth, the role will suit a talented early-mid career professional who wishes to help save Australia’s wildlife and great natural landscapes by mobilising philanthropic support.
Your key responsibilities will be to build and manage a portfolio of generous individuals who support AWC through tax-deductible donations and assist with AWC’s philanthropic grants program. You will also help
co-ordinate bespoke supporter events in remote locations around Australia as well as functions and events in major cities. You will require:
• Exceptional interpersonal skills (a winning personality!).
• Experience engaging with high net worth individuals and senior decision-makers in the corporate or government sector.
• Exceptional written skills and a proven ability to write compelling grant applications (or business cases, or similar).
• Excellent organisational skills including the ability to coordinate and manage complex events.
• A passion for saving Australia’s wildlife and a strong work ethic.
• A willingness and ability to travel to capital cities and to AWC sanctuaries.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the ongoing growth of an innovative, successful organisation which is helping shape the future of conservation in Australia. A competitive remuneration package is available for a candidate with suitable professional, commercial or fundraising experience.
For a full job description visit:
Enquiries only:
Angela Bowman – Senior Executive, Development & Grants | 08 9380 9633
Closing date for applications: Sunday 22 September 2019
To learn more about AWC, please visit our website
Position Profile
Designation: Development Executive (fundraising)
Reporting to: Senior Development Executive
Supervises: The Development Executive operates as part of the Development team.
The Development Executive will from time-to-time supervise other staff, volunteers, contractors and casual staff.
Based in: Perth WA
Critical competencies:
1. The ability to clearly convey an organisation’s mission and inspire support for that mission amongst a wide variety of stakeholders. Experience in successfully selling a product or concept will be very highly regarded.
2. Exceptional relationship/interpersonal skills including a demonstrated ability to:
i. Engage with high net worth individuals, senior corporate representatives and/or senior government officials, etc;
ii. Work effectively as part of a small team or, as required, independently.
3. Excellent writing skills, including the ability write compelling grant applications that effectively match not-for-profit programs with grant-maker interests.
4. Excellent organisational skills, including a demonstrated ability to (a) prioritise and execute a large number of tasks in an efficient manner; (b) successfully plan, coordinate and manage the delivery of complex events; and (c) manage a large number of relationships simultaneously.
5. Strong attention to detail.
6. A passion for conservation of Australia’s wildlife and habitats.
7. A strong work ethic including a willingness to work long hours and weekends as required.
8. Knowledge of current issues relating to philanthropy or the ability to readily acquire such knowledge.
9. A willingness to travel regularly to AWC sanctuaries (for periods ranging from several days to 2-3 weeks) and major cities in Australia.
10. Experience in using standard business software packages (including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint) is essential; ability to use a database is desirable.
1. Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline is essential.
2. A valid drivers’ license is also essential.
Experience in the following:
1. Developing and managing relationships, particularly with high net-worth individuals, senior corporate representatives and/or senior government officials.
2. Communicating with a diverse range of stakeholders.
3. Preparing persuasive written documents such as compelling grant proposals or business cases.
4. Managing and co-ordinating a large number of tasks,relationships and events.
5. Using standard business software packages (Word, email, Excel and PowerPoint) is essential.
1. Develop and implement strategies to recruit/retain donors
Key activities and responsibilities:
• Implement AWC’s fundraising strategy through delivery of the following actions:
o Ongoing engagement with a portfolio of major/bilby donors (donors giving more than $5K/$1K per annum) and prospects including through meetings, written proposals and reports, events, presentations, other communication, etc.
• Effectively communicate to donors and prospects the importance and urgency of the AWC mission; the effectiveness of our business model and recent on-ground achievements at AWC sanctuaries.
• Ask for donations.
• Identify potential new major/bilby donors through:
o Liaison with existing donors, AWC development team, board members and the Chief Executive; and
o Independent research and networking.
• Co-ordinate and track your engagement/results with donors. (KPIs will track the level and extent of your engagement with donors and the level of donation income).
• Ensure records are maintained as part of our development database.
2. Assist in identifying and qualifying philanthropic foundations, including writing and submitting proposals and acquittal reports
Key activities and responsibilities:
• Assist in identifying philanthropic foundations with links to AWC’s purpose, mission and values
• Develop effective relationships with internal stakeholders to gather information for grant applications and acquittals
• Draft compelling grant applications which effectively match grant-makers’ interests with AWC’s conservation programs
• Gather information and draft excellent acquittal reports.
3. Assist in the co-ordination and management of a series of supporter events across AWC sanctuaries as well as events in major cities
Key activities and responsibilities:
• Assist in the planning and delivery of sanctuary events and city-based events (such as presentations, lunches, dinners, cocktail functions) designed to expand AWC’s network of support by identifying and recruiting new donors. You will have lead responsibility for some events.
• Promote opportunities for supporters to visit AWC sanctuaries, and attend city-based events, and facilitate the attendance of supporters at such events.
• Attend and help co-ordinate delivery of sanctuary events and city-based events.
• Provide written reports on events as required.
4. Assist with managing and growing AWC’s bequest program
Key activities and responsibilities:
• Assist with the development and implementation of AWC’s bequest program.
• Engage effectively with bequest prospects including through meetings, presentations, the provision of AWC information (including information about our bequest program; project updates etc) and other correspondence.
• Contribute to the maintenance of our bequest database.
5. Other development responsibilities
Key activities and responsibilities:
2. Participate in regular team meetings with Development staff to ensure a consistent approach to fundraising.
3. Assist in the delivery of other components of the development strategy. .
4. Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of AWC’s fundraising strategy, through;
o Contributing to the periodic development and review of the strategy.
o Developing and maintaining awareness of philanthropic issues, trends, policies and significant legal requirements (e.g. tax deductibility of donations).
6. Assist with AWC’s communications program
Key activities and responsibilities:
• As required, assist in the development and implementation of AWC’s communications strategy.
7. Administration
Key activities and responsibilities:
• Assist in the preparation of annual fundraising budgets.
• Assist in the preparation of quarterly progress reports.
• Maintain the fundraising database and files, ensuring strict confidentiality of donor information.
• Assist with general correspondence and administration.
8. Undertake other tasks, as required.
Key activities and responsibilities:
• Manage and develop staff and volunteers in accordance with AWC policies.
• Ensure compliance with all relevant AWC policies – eg, OH&S, finance.
• On request, undertake other specified tasks.
How to Apply Information
Send a detailed covering letter outlining your suitability for this role, a copy of your CV and a sample of persuasive writing that you have written (ie. grant application, business case, or similar) - in one document (noting where you saw the advertisement) - to:
NOTE: applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. If Shortlisted, you will be asked to complete a short grant-writing exercise in advance of your interview.
Please note:
1. Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa in place that allows ongoing full-time work in Australia, in order to apply for this position. Sponsorship is not available.
2. If you apply for this role, AWC will include you in its ongoing updates and communications about its events, activities and fundraising initiatives. You may opt out of these communications at any time.

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