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Philanthropic Partnerships Manager

The Sunrise Project

About us

The Sunrise Project is a small organisation with an oversized impact. Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, we are a team of experienced campaigners, analysts and communications professionals with a mission to scale social movements to drive the transition beyond fossil fuels. With programs in Australia, Europe and the US, we’re focussed on stopping major new fossil fuel projects, accelerating the transition to 100% renewable energy in Australia, and shifting the global finance sector out of fossil fuels.

Through our grants program we provide partner NGOs with the capacity they need, while our staff team provides strategy, analysis and networking support for partners to work together for greater impact. For more information about how we work: www.sunriseproject.org.au

We work in close partnership a network of major donors both in Australia and internationally who are committed to solving the climate crisis and who share our mission. Our operating model involves working in close collaboration with both donors and NGOs and we re-grant roughly 2/3 of our annual budget to partner organisations in Australia, the US, Europe and Asia. We most often work alongside other funders as a co-funder or strategic partner rather than as a grantseeker. We have not had any ‘fundraising’ staff up until this point but the expansion of our programs and the growing number of donors that we collaborate with means that we need to build our capacity to support this engagement.

The Sunrise Project is committed to justice and equality. We value diversity at all levels of the organisation and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe that a wide array of perspectives promotes innovation and makes our team more creative, flexible and productive.

About you

You’re an outstanding communicator and project manager with a successful track record as a major donor fundraiser. You’re a great writer, have a knack finding creative ways to present complex issues clearly and are experienced at developing compelling proposals, presentations and reports. You’re an open and honest communicator and are great at building relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. You’re exceptionally well organised, deadline driven and have a high level of attention to detail.

This role is partly about helping to support engagement with donors that fund The Sunrise Project but it is also about supporting collaboration between donors and the growth of climate philanthropy more broadly – in Australia and globally. So the right person for this role will have an expansive, international mindset and a passion for climate justice.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, the role of the Philanthropic Partnerships Manager is to support the Executive leadership team to manage our engagement with a growing number of philanthropists and foundations in Australia and globally. As well as taking responsibility for proposals and reporting, you’ll be supporting our close collaboration with other donors to build the wider philanthropic pool for climate action (well beyond support for The Sunrise Project as an organisation). You’ll also play an important role in helping to build the capacity of our grantees to form stronger direct partnerships with major donors.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for:

  • Coordinating the production of compelling funding proposals that clearly articulate complex, multi-dimensional strategies;
  • Systematic reporting to donors across all of our program areas including informal updates, formal reports as required and managing the production of our annual report;
  • Developing engaging presentations for donor networks;
  • Supporting donor collaboration and networking including organising meetings and events;
  • Planning and supporting outreach and engagement with a pipeline of potential new major donors to support our mission and to help build the pool of climate philanthropy more broadly;
  • Supporting our staff and grantees to develop effective major donor engagement skills including providing training and coaching on proposal writing and reporting;

Required skills and experience

  • At least five years’ experience of successfully working with major donors for a charity or foundation;
  • A track record of implementing a systematic approach to donor communication;
  • Excellent writing skills including the ability to craft compelling narrative while maintaining rigour and attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to distil complex issues and strategies into compelling fundraising proposals;
  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills;
  • Strong organisational and project management skills;
  • Strong groupwork and facilitation skills and demonstrated ability to work well in small teams;
  • A deep passion for and demonstrated commitment to ambitious action on climate change;


Preferred location is Sydney but there is flexibility for the right candidate. People based in regional areas are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • The salary range is $85,000 to $112,000 p.a. plus superannuation, depending on experience.
  • The Sunrise Project has flexible working hours and we are open to work-from-home and part-time arrangements for the right candidate.

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