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Director, Strategic Philanthropy Projects - Melbourne / Sydney

Philanthropy Australia
  • Terms: Full Time (4 days would be considered)
  • Location: Sydney or Melbourne
  • Reports to: Executive Director, Policy, Government Relations and Research (PGRR)

Key Relationships

  • A direct report, the Philanthropy Projects Manager, who also supports project Implementation.
  • Directors of each department (Marketing & Communications, Learning & Content, Membership Services).
  • Key governance and advisory structures – the Policy and Research Committee, the Blueprint Advisory Committee and the Board.
  • Philanthropy Australia members and others in the philanthropic and related sectors, such as various peak bodies, high net worth individuals and financial, wealth and legal advisers.

About Philanthropy Australia

Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy. With a vision of a generous and inclusive Australia, we are driven by our purpose to inspire more and better philanthropy.

The behaviours that underpin our values of Respect, Trust, Humility, Impact, Celebration and Sharing are the foundation of all we do. Find out more here.

We are an independent organisation with a membership base of foundations, organisations, families, individual donors, professional advisers, intermediaries and not-for-profits. We are a growing movement of people and organisations who believe in the importance of giving and creating positive social change.

Our organisation is made up of passionate, supportive and inspiring people, who are driven by our purpose and values.

Philanthropy Australia received Voice Project's 2023 Change Champion Award and Best Workplace Award.

Working at Philanthropy Australia means you have access to benefits, such as:

  • Additional 1 week (pro-rata) of leave for Reflection Leave after 12 months of service
  • Flexible and hybrid ways of working
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Generous paid parental and partner leave after 12 months of service
  • A generous L&D budget
  • Learning opportunities, particularly around philanthropy, the not-for-profit sector and specific causes.

We are looking for team members who have an interest in philanthropy or philanthropic causes, to put engagement first in all they do and help us reach our ambitious growth agenda as outlined in PA's 2022 - 2025

Philanthropy Australia welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

We strive to have diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences, including, First Nations people, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people of all ages.

We believe in building an inclusive workforce that recognises human difference as a strength and supports our vision for a generous and inclusive Australia.

Philanthropy Australia strives to be a safe and inclusive workplace for all team members and is currently undertaking the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.

Purpose of the Role

The purpose of this role is to collaborate across the organisation to lead and drive implementation of a range of strategic philanthropy projects aimed to double structured giving by 2030. The priority projects are determined by key strategic initiatives outlined in PA’s 2022 – 2025 strategic plan and aligned to the priority projects set out in A Blueprint to Grow Structured Giving, a 10-year strategy to double structured giving.

Key projects will include, but not limited to sector led projects covering research, encouraging financial, wealth and legal advisers to engage clients to embrace philanthropy, Ultra-High Net Worth and High Net Worth Individuals encouraging peers to embrace philanthropy and communicating inspiring stories of giving.

The Director of Strategic Philanthropy Projects will be responsible for the overall strategy and planning, and drive implementation of a range of projects autonomously. Much of the role will also involve collaborating across the organisation to make progress on the agenda.

Key Responsibilities

Project Management and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Develop an implementation roadmap with priority activities every year for consideration for the Planning & Budget process.
  • Drive the execution of priority projects by:
    • Autonomously implementing a suite of initiatives.
    • Drawing on the Philanthropy Project Manager to implement projects.
    • Project managing cross organisation project teams
  • Co-ordinate and galvanise effort internally – notably with the Engagement and Policy, Government Relations & Research teams, to:
    • Keep people informed of developments
    • Seek input on how to progress implementation and pursue new initiatives
    • Ensure initiatives across the organisation are well coordinated and complementary
    • Ensure all agreed projects are completed on time and on budget.
  • Engage and communicate with Philanthropy Australia Members externally, to gain input, leverage effort in implementing strategic initiatives and communicate progress.
  • Work closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to establish a project communications plan that ensures all relevant partners and stakeholders are kept informed and up to date with progress, issues and next steps.
  • Lead and coordinate engagement with the Policy and Research Committee, the Blueprint Advisory Committee and the Executive Team, including by presenting, preparing papers and ensuring minutes and actions arising are captured.
  • Report on progress to funders and to various governance structures.

Leadership and Management:

  • Have a transparent, empowering, and action-oriented approach to people management.
  • Provide day-to-day line management to the Philanthropy Projects Manager.
  • Create a psychologically safe working relationship with the Philanthropy Projects Manager.
  • Work with the Philanthropy Projects Manager to manage their workflow, ensuring they have clarity on their priorities and responsibilities.
  • Work with the Philanthropy Projects Manager to develop their workplan and work goals and adjust as required.
  • Provide continual support and feedback and manage formal Performance Reviews twice a year.
  • Work with the Philanthropy Projects Manager to develop their individual learning and development plan and have career planning / progression conversations.
  • Foster a culture in line with PA’s values and behaviours.
  • A small amount of domestic travel may be required each year

Selection Criteria


  • Strong and strategic project management skills.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, philanthropy and/or the not-for-profit sector.
  • Sound written communication skills.
  • Ability to form productive working relationships, manage and influence stakeholders, and inspire participation and effort.
  • Strong presentation and representation skills.
  • Seasoned judgment in leading significant, multi-project, long-term agendas, and engaging multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to deliver quality output within reasonable timelines.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field.


  • Senior experience in a similar role.
  • Knowledge and experience with key initiatives within Philanthropy Australia’s ‘A Blueprint to Grow Structured Giving’

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button and provide a brief cover letter outlining your interest and suitability to the role, along with your CV directly through the job advertisement. 

Applicants are welcome to submit a video application using their smartphone outlining their experience, interest and suitability to the role, as an alternative to a written application. Please email this directly to [email protected].

We strive to create a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you require adjustments to the recruitment process, we are more than happy to work with you to make the necessary arrangements to ensure a fair and inclusive hiring experience for all.

This advertisement will be live until the advertised closing date, however, we may commence rolling interviews throughout the recruitment period. Please apply asap.

For any questions relating to the role and/or position description, please contact: Sam Rosevear, Executive Director, Policy, Government Relations and Research: [email protected] using the subject line: Director, Strategic Philanthropy Projects - Melbourne / Sydney enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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