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Strategic Partnerships Lead - Sydney / Melbourne

Butterfly Foundation
  • Australia’s largest national organisation supporting people with eating disorders and body image concerns
  • Rewarding, dynamic and innovating role in a well-established not-for-profit
  • Supported by passionate and committed colleagues
  • Based in either Sydney or Melbourne, with the opportunity to occasionally work remotely from home
  • Generous salary packaging options
  • Permanent position

bout the organisation

Butterfly Foundation is Australia’s national charity for eating disorders and body image issues, providing a voice for those affected and the people who care for them. Eating disorders are severe and complex mental illnesses with physical complications, and the medical, psychological, physical and social consequences can be long term and for many, life threatening.

Butterfly advocates for improved services from government, health and mental health organisations and the eating disorder sector, raising awareness in the media, with key stakeholders and via community engagement. Butterfly runs Australia’s only national Helpline for eating disorders and body image issues, supporting nearly 40,000 people every year; delivers evidence-based clinical treatment and support programs; and provides prevention initiatives in schools and the community to combat negative body image issues.

About the role

This is an exciting new role that has come about as a result of Butterfly expanding the fundraising team. The role is mainly responsible for managing Butterfly’s corporate partnerships and trust & foundation grants programs.

For both programs, this role will be responsible for managing and nurturing relationships with current partners and donors as well as actively soliciting new partnerships and grants. Given it is a new role there will be a focus on business development and growth.

Key responsibilities and duties will include:

  • Responsible for the effective management and growth of the Butterfly portfolio of corporate partnerships and the development of a sustainable trust and foundation grant program
  • Managing an existing portfolio of partners to ensure long term support and steady income growth. This includes managing all reporting requirements, partnership agreements and pitching for renewed partnerships.
  • Creating new business development initiatives aimed at the acquisition of new partners. This includes working with other Butterfly teams to identify suitable projects requiring support, creating proposals and pitching to corporate representatives.
  • Developing an annual grants calendar of available grant opportunities.
  • Working with other Butterfly teams to create cases for support to include in grant applications.
  • Assessing the viability of external consultants to support the trust and foundation program in its growth ambitions.
  • Managing and monitoring relevant budgets to ensure annual KPIs are met.

Selection Criteria

To see the FULL Selection Criteria, please view the Position Description attached.


  • At least two years’ experience in business development either for a non-profit organisation or company.
  • Strong relationship management skills including a strong track record in developing and maintaining loyal customers/partners.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and storytelling skills, with the ability to comfortably pitch for new business.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – including building effective relationships, positive interaction and effective problem solving.
  • Proficient IT skills including experience in using MS Office, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Financially competent with ability to plan and manage a basic budget.
  • Ability to grasp new concepts quickly, think creatively, and problem-solve in a fast paced and complex work environment.
  • Self-motivated and professional, with ability to achieve outcomes with a busy workload.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.

We welcome applications from people with lived experience of eating disorders (and/or other mental health conditions), and family members/carers of people with eating disorders.

Please note that if we receive a high level of applications, the vacancy may close earlier than stated. Therefore, we would encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.


For enquiries about this position, please email hr@butterfly.org.au using the subject line: Strategic Partnerships Lead - Sydney / Melbourne enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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