Philanthropy Manager

Date published

30 Apr 2021


Brisbane Base

Job ID


Philanthropy Manager

Increase income from major donors, lead capital campaign fundraising, trusts and foundations & manage PAF's for the RFDS Queensland Section.


  • Volunteer / Charity / Community
  • Fundraising
  • Permanent / Full Time

Key points

  • Lead the Philanthropy Team & make a real impact in supporting healthcare in QLD
  • Promote and represent the iconic RFDS brand across Queensland
  • Full-Time position based in Brisbane


The Philanthropy Manager leads the Philanthropy team, with a focus on increasing income from major donors, capital campaign fundraising, trusts and foundations and Private Ancillary Funds (PAF’s).

The Philanthropy Manager is a Full-Time position based in Brisbane.
Key responsibilities  

  • Personally manage a portfolio of major donors, developing and implementing best practice moves management plans
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan to drive growth in Philanthropy, in line with the overarching Fundraising & Philanthropy Strategy
  • Liaise with relevant internal stakeholders to understand strategic initiatives and projects, decipher complex issues and support the prioritisation of funding needs
  • Lead capital campaign fundraising, working effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Facilitate cross team collaboration to ensure exceptional donor experience and ensure resources and skills are leveraged to drive income growth
  • Work directly with Executive Management and Board to leverage networks and support effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies
  • Manage the Philanthropy program income and expenditure budget, and relevant reporting requirements across Major gifts, trust and foundations

Who we are looking for?

As a motivated, committed and results-driven fundraising leader you will possess the following:
  • 7+ years experience in leading a successful Philanthropy program, with a demonstrated track records of securing multiple major gifts from individuals, Private Ancillary Funds and Foundations
  • Tertiary qualifications in the fundraising field of study or equivalent experience
  • Practical understanding of moves management and current knowledge of the philanthropic landscape
  • Demonstrated people leadership, with the ability to inspire, motivate and lead to ensure high performance and a culture of Philanthropy, embedding the supporter at the heart of fundraising strategies
  • Demonstrated experience building collaborative and effective relationships with decision makers and diverse stakeholder groups, both internally and externally
  • Evidence of a significant corporate and professional network and expert knowledge and understanding of issues relating to philanthropy and fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience in budget management, pipeline management, reporting and strong commercial acumen
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with the sincerity, tact and diplomacy to deal with complex issues
  • Exceptional and ethical influencing and negotiation skills enabling the conversion of relationships that result in significant funding commitments
  • Possess a strong understanding of and appreciation of wider fundraising methodologies and best practice to ensure effective collaboration across fundraising programs
Why work for us?  
  • Attractive remuneration package + Super + Salary packaging of $15,900; increasing your take home pay  
  • Promote and represent the iconic RFDS brand across Queensland
  • Exciting opportunity to play a key role in growing our capability
  • Lead the Philanthropy Team and make a real impact in supporting the delivery of healthcare in Queensland 
  • Work with people who are passionate about our purpose and proud of their contribution 
  • Comprehensive and supportive orientation program
  • Employee Assistance Program; advice for staff and their families (support, nutrition & financial)
  • Private health insurance discounts
About us
The RFDS is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, RFDS (Queensland Section) delivers extensive primary healthcare and 24-hour emergency service, from eight strategic bases, to those who live, work and travel throughout Queensland.
As a charity, the RFDS relies heavily on the generosity of the community to continue providing vital emergency medical and primary healthcare work in remote and rural Australia. The RFDS (Queensland Section) Fundraising and Philanthropy Team are an award-winning team of professionals who are the recipients of the 2020 FIA Fundraising Team of the Year, with the RFDS voted the “Most Reputable’ charity in 2020 and ‘Most Trusted’ charity in 2021.
Please submit your application including demonstrated experience highlighting your suitability for this opportunity. For further information please contact  this role will close on 14th May 2021. Shortlisting and application progression may begin prior to this date.
Please note: This role will be required to undergo a pre-employment drug and alcohol test, will be subject to criminal history check and may be required to undergo a preemployment medical assessment.  There will be a requirement to travel in QLD for this role and a QLD drivers’ licence and an ASIC (Aviation Security ID Card) is essential.
The RFDS is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply