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State Manager - QLD & NT

Philanthropy Australia


Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy. We are an independent organisation with approximately 800 trusts, foundations, organisations, families, individual donors, professional advisers, intermediaries and not-for-profits as our membership.

We are a growing movement of people and organisations who believe in the importance of giving and our members are proud to leverage their wealth and influence to create social change.

Our purpose is to serve the philanthropic community to achieve more and better philanthropy. 

We do this through:

  • Collaboration – helping our stakeholder groups grow philanthropy together;
  • Connections – enabling the sharing of knowledge, innovation and research; and
  • Capability – enhancing the skills of the philanthropic sector.

Our collective community magnifies the impact that any of our stakeholders could achieve alone.

Philanthropy Australia was established over 40 years ago by a group of Melbourne based foundations. Today, we have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland, from where we service the other States and territories.

Philanthropy Australia is governed by a Board of up to 15 members, elected for three-year terms. These members work as ambassadors for the organisation as well as fulfilling the statutory requirements of a governing board.

Our role is to support the philanthropic efforts of its members, and this is achieved through:

  • Leading and representing the philanthropic sector;
  • Promoting the contribution of philanthropy by increasing understanding in the community, business and government;
  • Inspiring and supporting new philanthropists;
  • Increasing the effectiveness of philanthropy through the provision of information, professional development, resources and networking opportunities; and
  • Promoting strong and transparent governance standards in the philanthropic sector.

Philanthropy Australia also produces and distributes information to those seeking to understand access or partner with the philanthropic sector and to contribute to the growth of philanthropy and the philanthropic sector. Further information on Philanthropy Australia is at www.philanthropy.org.au.

JOB TITLE: State Manager QLD&NT


ROLE & SALARY: 0.8 FTE (FTE $100,000 plus super)



  • Membership Services team (working closely with other State Managers)
  • CEO and other Philanthropy Australia staff;
  • Current and prospective QLD & NT Members
  • Philanthropy Australia Board and members
  • Partners, sponsors and collaborators in QLD & NT


  • Nil


To build relationships, grow membership, deliver services and support QLD&NT membership, ensuring a strong leadership position and visible presence for philanthropy in QLD&NT.

To be successful in the role, the State Manager QLD&NT will:

develop and maintain relationships with current and prospective QLD&NT philanthropic members, including private, community and corporate foundations.

  • ensure members are engaged and supported by providing the tools and connections such as networks, professional development and information communications to enable philanthropy practitioners to engage in more and better philanthropy.
  • raise the profile of philanthropy in QLD through engaging with, and imparting knowledge to members, philanthropists and the wider public.
  • support the implementation of the national New Gen Program within QLD, to increase engagement with a new generation of philanthropy.

The role participates as a key member of the national membership team in the overall development and delivery of Philanthropy Australia’s strategic and operational plans.


Developing, managing and maintaining relationships with QLD&NT members:

  • Deliver and administer a quality end-to-end membership experience to QLD&NT members.
  • Develop membership growth in QLD&NT including establishing clear targets, timetables and strategies for prospecting, growing and renewing membership
  • Implement the QLD&NT annual membership services plan for more and better philanthropy.
  • Connect members through delivery of quality member programs and services
  • Develop and deliver local networking opportunities and events in QLD&NT.
  • Work closely with the NSW/ACT State Manager in the development and delivery of the national program of membership services, events and activities in QLD&NT.
  • Support the NSW/ACT State Manager & Peer Networks Program officer to further develop the national New Gen program in QLD&NT.
  • Work with the Partnership Executive to build stronger links and partnerships in QLD&NT to extend the influence and reach of Philanthropy Australia. Identify opportunities for financial support or in-kind in the form of time, information, goods and services, voice and influence.
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications team to strengthen communications, media and marketing to increase public awareness of Philanthropy Australia and philanthropy more broadly in QLD&NT.
  • Represent Philanthropy Australia in QLD&NT as appropriate.


You may be asked to manage or be part of a lead-team on at least one National strategic activity, project or portfolio area, depending on skills and experience.

Financial & operations management and reporting

  • Financial management for the QLD&NT membership program, including:
  • Delivery & management of State revenue generation (renewal & retention) targets: memberships, partnerships and state-based professional development programs
  • Capture engagement statistics and monitor and report on QLD&NT engagement
  • Provide timely reporting and analysis of financial & key membership data as required
  • Budget preparation and on-going management of QLD program
  • Efficient use of resources to maximise returns.

Professional practice

  • Maintain effective links and relationships with other relevant stakeholder organisations in philanthropic sector.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of national and international membership engagement & communication practices within membership-based organisations.
  • Participate in PA’s corporate life including attendance and assistance with stakeholder events and after-hour programs as required.
  • Support the Operations Manager as lead PA staff member for the QLD state workplace/office, assisting in all operational matters when required.


  • Demonstrated business development skills.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and interpersonal skills; including strategic thinking, ability to inspire others, positive interaction and effective problem solving.
  • Demonstrated excellent stakeholder management, with a focus on member relations as well as Board, staff, key partners and other stakeholders.
  • Strong networks and knowledge of philanthropic and community sectors, including Private and Public Ancillary Funds and advisors.
  • Highly developed written, oral communication, negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Highly developed research and analysis skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to prioritise a high workload and juggle competing demands.
  • Motivated self-starter with significant management experience, including the ability to work as part of a small national team.

As this is a role supporting a National membership program of services and events, the ability to work outside of normal hours, and travel (interstate on occasion also) may be required.

The State Manager QLD&NT is required to develop and commit to key performance indicators (KPIs) that relate to activities in the Strategic Plan 2017-2021, each of which are monitored and assessed by the CEO. In addition, the State Manager QLD&NT is required to agree to PA’s Code of Conduct and abide by the operating values of the organisation.

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