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Gifts-in-Wills Specialist

ActionAid Australia

The organisation

ActionAid Australia is a global women’s rights organisation that is part of a federation working in 45 countries to end poverty and injustice. It supports women on the frontlines of injustice overseas and campaigns in Australia to advance climate and economic justice for women, working to shift government policy and corporate practice that undermines the rights of people living in poverty.

ActionAid Australia’s offices are based in Pitt St, CBD, a short walk from Martin Place.

The role

The Gifts-in-Wills Specialist is responsible for implementing ActionAid Australia’s bequest fundraising strategy to increase the pipeline and drive growth in confirmed Gifts-in-Wills supporters. The role will also provide leadership within the fundraising team to ensure the program is integrated across appeals, regular giving and philanthropy. The role is also responsible for developing and growing the Mid Value Program to provide a Gift-in-Will pipeline and achieve 3-year growth targets ensuring best practice donor care strategies across Direct Mail and digital channels.

The Gifts-in-Wills Specialist reports directly to the Individual Giving Manager.

As the ideal candidate for the role, you need:

  • A commitment to ActionAid’s vision, mission and values, including a passion for fundraising for women’s rights.
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in design and delivery of Gift-in-Wills programs, or experience in a fundraising/commercial role demonstrating significant success implementing the principles of both marketing and relationship building components.
  • Understanding of the Australian fundraising context with respect to Gift-in-Wills giving.
  • Developed relationship skills, including the ability to listen and communicate with sensitivity and tact, and work with confidentiality.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work respectfully and collaboratively in a cross cultural and international environment with zero tolerance for racism

Other Desirable Skills & Competencies

  • Tertiary degree
  • Experience in digital fundraising
  • Experience in data analysis for effective planning and performance monitoring.
  • Proficiency with Donor/customer databases (Raisers Edge preferred) and Microsoft Office with demonstrated attention to detail applicable to documentation, record-keeping and planning


  • A supportive and collaborative working environment.
  • Flexible start/finish times to suit your lifestyle.
  • Competitive remuneration and generous fringe benefit scheme.
  • Xmas shutdown leave.
  • 10 days personal leave per year plus 2 days mental health leave.
  • 12 months parental/adoption leave, including 16 weeks paid.
  • Additional leave entitlements incl. study and domestic violence leave
  • Flexible work arrangements.
  • Child (and dog) friendly office environment.

A position description is attached.

If you thrive in a dynamic environment where you can make a difference and be part of the organisation’s success, please email your application to [email protected], attaching a copy of your resume and a cover letter highlighting how you meet the above selection criteria. A detailed position description has also been attached to this advertisement.

 We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Candidates will be considered as soon as they apply.

ActionAid Australia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa or be eligible to apply for one. 

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