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Head of Development - Sydney / Melbourne

Act for Peace
  • Act for Peace is a dynamic humanitarian aid and development agency
  • Inspire Australian churches and high-value individuals to do more, give more and stay longer in the quest for global justice
  • Be part of an experienced, award-winning department
  • Permanent, part-time position – 0.6 FTE
  • Salary packaging and flexible-working arrangements available
  • Location: Sydney or Melbourne (CBD office or majority home-based working options available)

About the role

You’re a highly-driven relationship builder and communicator with a track record of achieving significant income in fundraising, business development or B2B marketing.

Strategic, collaborative and with an eye for detail, you’re looking for a broad and challenging role filled with opportunities to grow and achieve outstanding results.

Most of all, you’re looking for a position that will enable you to put your passion for global justice into action and inspire your team to make a difference where it’s needed most in the world.

In this important and varied role you’ll lead the Development team to deliver our bequest and major gift programs. You’ll inspire Australian churches to work together for global justice, leading the church components of the much-loved Christmas Bowl appeal, now in its 70th year. And you’ll build relationships with new significant stakeholders and launch innovative new products.

You’ll be responsible for developing and delivering supporter experience strategies that drive the acquisition, retention and lifetime contribution of Australian churches and high-value individuals who give and take action in support of Act for Peace’s work.

By developing our existing products, and launching successful new ones (such as the award-winning Ration Challenge), our fundraising income has doubled and our supporter base grown six-fold in recent years.

However, we’ve identified a big opportunity to inspire our supporters to do more, give more and stay longer in the fight against injustice by delivering more structured and effective gift in Will and major giving programs.

That’s why we’ve recently made a structural and cultural shift to focus on supporter experience, and placed a priority focus on bequests and major gifts. We have invested in the team, the technology and the research insights we need, and now we’re keen to put your strategies into action.

You’ll be working alongside a motivated and experienced management team – and you’ll be making a big and growing our contribution to achieving safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and disaster.

This is a part-time, 0.6 FTE, permanent position based out of either our Sydney CBD or Melbourne offices – or with the majority of time working from home / remotely. Regular travel to internal and external meetings and events, including outside office hours, and occasionally interstate, will be required.

About Act for Peace

Today, there are more refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people worldwide than at any time since records began. That’s almost 80 million people forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and disaster. And now the coronavirus pandemic is pushing the world’s most vulnerable people to the brink.

It’s a terrible injustice. And one that we can, and must, overcome.

We believe that when people all over the world work together, big changes really are possible. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to act in partnership with other passionate people, like you, across the globe to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and disaster. We don’t think there’s any task more important.

Since 1949 our supporters have provided food, shelter, education, healthcare and training to help the world’s most vulnerable prepare for, cope with and recover from crisis.

Together we’re tackling the root causes of injustice, and are building a brighter future for everyone. We hope that you’ll join us in this vital mission.


Full details, including detailed selection criteria, can be found in the Candidate Information Pack.

Please apply online by clicking the Apply button below.

You will need to upload a copy of your resume and a covering letter detailing how you meet the selection criteria with your application.

Please contact 1800 025 101 or info@actforpeace.org.au using the subject line: Head of Development - Sydney / Melbourne enquiry via EthicalJobs, if you have any queries.

Thank you for your interest in this position.

Act for Peace takes the prevention of sexual misconduct, fraud and harassment, and child protection seriously. As part of our Child Safeguarding Policy, employment is conditional upon the outcome of an Australian Federal Police Background check, as well as an equivalent police background check for any country in which the applicant has lived for more than 12 months during the last five years and for each country of citizenship. A working with children check may also be required. Strict adherence to our Code of Conduct, Child Safeguarding Policy and the Privacy Policy is mandatory.

For our full Policies set please see: http://www.actforpeace.org.au/our-policies


The salary will be negotiated depending upon the skills and experience of the successful candidate. Salary packaging and flexible-working arrangements are available.

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