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Grants and Fundraising Manager

St Francis Social Services

About St Francis Social Services

Over forty-five years of service, SFSS has learned that fundamental personal and societal change comes when those who experience significant challenges in achieving their social and economic goals are supported by skilled and committed collaborators.

SFSS has extensive experience working closely with and supporting children, young people, families, people seeking asylum and refugees who face obstacles to achieving their social and economic goals.

We use our skill and expertise to advocate for the systemic changes that will enable our clients to achieve their goals and thrive into the future. We provide the supports that enable those we work with to build the confidence and the skills they need to become active and contributing members of the community, and to achieve the dignity and the respect that is the right of every person.


Centre 360 Youth and Family Service specialises in counselling, case work and early intervention for financially disadvantaged young people and their families. Our holistic services include family and youth counselling and case work, in-school early intervention and prevention group work, therapeutic groups for young people, and parenting programs.


The House of Welcome welcomes, shelters and empowers people seeking asylum and refugees, regardless of their age, gender, sexuality, nationality or religion. We provide client-centred holistic supports that nurture hope, advocate for justice and promote self-reliance, while acknowledging the dignity and rights of each individual.


House of Welcome Catering reduces barriers for people seeking asylum and refugees to access work in Australia by providing traineeships, combining impact, wraparound support, and inspiring flavours.

Your Role

The Grants and Fundraising Manager is responsible for grants acquisition and fundraising, growing stakeholder partnerships, evaluation and supporting SFSS events. The role reports directly to the CEO and is a key role within the St Francis Social Services Leadership Team. The Grants and Fundraising Manager will be dynamic, creative, curious, driven and instrumental in obtaining funding to support and grow our programs and impact.

In this exciting role you will have the opportunity to:

  • Lead SFSS fundraising strategy, and deliver on campaigns and activities, grant acquisition and evaluation activities and support SFSS events
  • Research and identify new funding opportunities
  • Be able to understand and explain our point of difference and priorities for funding, help us grow our impact and make a difference in the lives of the people we support
  • Plan and manage the calendar of fundraising and grants submissions, activities and deadlines
  • Lead and/or support grants submissions for Centre 360, House of Welcome and House of Welcome Catering
  • Research, write and submit targeted and compelling submissions and proposals to new donors, trusts and foundations, adjusting style to persuade a variety of audiences
  • Recruit new supporters, retain current supporters, increase financial stability, lead digital fundraising appeals and impact reporting, and provide impact content for stakeholder newsletters
  • Deliver presentations and pitches with confidence and be a public face of SFSS and its services

This list is not exhaustive and will be reviewed regularly to meet the changing needs of a dynamic, growing organisation.

Essential Criteria

  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience, paired with demonstrated success in fundraising and/or grant writing and obtaining grants, and a knowledge of the Australian grants and philanthropic giving environment
  2. Demonstrated excellent relationship building and management capabilities, with the ability to effectively engage, collaborate and partner with external funding bodies and other stakeholders, building rapport and credibility quickly, to grow fundraising opportunities and obtain funding and grants
  3. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and a proven capacity to deliver compelling and persuasive content, paired with enthusiasm for measuring and achieving outcomes/impact
  4. Excellent demonstrated interpersonal skills and a proven ability to contribute to a cohesive, positive and collaborative team environment
  5. Values-driven approach to life and work, a commitment to social justice, a willingness to support the values and purpose of SFSS and a genuine desire to work in the not-for-profit sector.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience working within the not-for-profit sector as an employee or volunteer
  2. A demonstrated ability to work sensitively in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment with a strong commitment to strengths-based and trauma-informed practices
  3. Prior contacts/existing relationships with corporate partners, governments, trusts and foundations
  4. Demonstrated high ethical standards, integrity and professionalism in managing grant-related activities and interactions with funders and providers
  5. Experience with using and managing donor databases/CRM systems and grant management software and relevant technology to streamline grant processes and reporting
  6. Attention to detail, ability to ensure compliance with grant guidelines, tracking expenditures and providing accurate and timely reporting to funders
  7. Capacity to analyse data and metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of grant-related programs and make data-driven decisions for future initiatives
  8. Driver’s licence.

Occasional out of hours work will be required, with time in lieu arrangements in place.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, Working with Children Check and other security checks will be required.

Why Work With Us?

  • Work within a passionate, dynamic and engaged team in an organisation that has enabled clients to reach their goals and potential for forty-five years
  • Extend your capacity to contribute to growing social justice and a more compassionate, welcoming, respectful and empowering community
  • Enjoy flexible working arrangements
  • Benefit from generous salary packaging options
  • $500 professional development allowance and 1 week of professional development leave each year (part time pro rata)
  • Additional wellbeing day
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program.

SFSS respects, values and encourages diversity. We believe that diversity in our people enriches our organisation and the impact that we generate. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Commensurate with experience.  Full Time or 4 Days per week.

For additional information, please contact Dr Angela Argent, CEO St Francis Social Services:

Email [email protected] using the subject line: Grants and Fundraising Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs, or call 0403 981 144.

Please apply now, we will begin interviews before the closing date.

A position description is attached.

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