- Job posted on: 4th Dec 2020
- Applications close:
Story Factory is a not-for-profit that runs creative writing and storytelling programs for young people aged 7 to 17 in under-resourced communities. Supported by our community of expert storytellers and volunteer tutors, young people are empowered to create stories of all kinds, which we publish and celebrate. Young people develop the skills and confidence to find their voice and shape the future.
Story Factory opened in Redfern in July 2012 and since then we have grown significantly. We now have 29 staff; around 400 volunteer tutors; and in 2018 we opened a second creative writing centre in Parramatta. Last year, we took nearly 6,000 enrolments from young people, with 15% Indigenous and nearly 50% with English as an additional language.
Story Factory’s stellar growth and proven impact has made us an award-winning organisation. In 2014, founding Chair Michael Gonski was Philanthropy Australia’s Inaugural Emerging Philanthropy Leader, and in 2016 Executive Director and Co-founder Dr Cath Keenan was named Australian of the Year Local Hero. In 2019 she was also made a Member of the Order of Australia.
While 2020 has been a challenging year, prudent management and the dedication of our staff and board mean that we in a stable financial position. We offer flexible working conditions, the opportunity to work with an exceptionally supportive and talented team, and a chance to make a significant difference to the lives of some fantastic young people.
The Grants Manager will expand our fundraising capacity by becoming a pivotal part of our development team, which currently comprises:
Story Factory currently enjoys an impressively high success rate with grant applications, and our Grants Manager will sustain and ideally improve on this success. They will be responsible for effectively planning and managing our calendar of grant applications to trusts, foundations, government bodies, clubs and others. They will write and submit each application, keep accurate documentation of all applications in Google Drive, and actively seek out new grants for which we might apply. They will also be responsible for managing the schedule of acquittals, and writing and submitting acquittals as required. Developing and maintaining strong relationships with granting bodies is essential.
At Story Factory, fundraising staff work closely with our teaching staff to ensure the funding we receive supports our work in the most effective ways. This means that fundraising staff can see the outcomes of their work and the impact programs have on the young people we work with.
We offer a creative, supportive, and reflective culture that values the contribution of each staff member. We are a tight knit and positive team, with a low staff turnover rate.
The role is 4 days per week based at Story Factory Redfern, but flexible working conditions are possible. A full-time role may be possible.
Candidates are asked to reply to each of the following criteria outlining their relevant experience.
The successful applicant must undertake a Police Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement. The role reports to the Development Manager. Start date to be negotiated but ideally in January/February 2021.