Senior Fundraising Manager

Full time and Fixed Term

  • Lead the growth agenda for a global leader in game changing cancer research
  • Full-time role, flexible working hours/hybrid work model
  • Heidelberg location, close to public transport
  • A generous salary packaging scheme up to $18,550 per FBT year

About the opportunity

The Fundraising function sits within the wider Research Support team, providing expert, timely and efficient services to our cancer researchers to enable them to focus on and get the best out of their research.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional to lead and implement the fundraising strategy of the Institute, focused on growing income from philanthropic sources to support ground-breaking cancer research that truly makes a positive impact on the lives of cancer patients.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, with close working relations with the Communication and Marketing Manager, Research Development Manager and the Senior Project Manager – Strategy and Impact, key responsibilities include:

  • Playing an integral part in the development of a culture of fundraising within the Institute, including engaging with and supporting researchers at all levels to understand the fundraising process;
  • Prospecting and identifying major grant opportunities with philanthropic organisations;
  • Proactively identifying potential donors, high net worth individuals, corporate partners and bequest donors with a view to developing long term relationships/partnerships and funding streams;
  • Implementing donor stewardship programs and campaigns;
  • Taking responsibility for donations, gifts, bequests and philanthropic grants from all sources whether in Australia or internationally;
  • Working with key internal stakeholders to develop project cases for support and develop the stakeholders’ awareness for how they can contribute to the donor journey;
  • Identifying and implementing any fundraising tools which will improve the donor experience and help donor acquisition. This includes managing the introduction and implementation of a donor database;
  • Work closely with the Communications and Marketing Manager and the Research Development Manager to grow relationships with philanthropists, trusts and foundations.

About you

This exciting challenge will be the perfect fit for a candidate with extensive experience, proven success with major gifts fundraising and a real appetite to deliver results for an organisation that makes a difference. Strategic ability, exceptional communications and interpersonal skills and the ability to build connections in any environment – from the boardroom to the local neighbourhood – are your strengths.

We are an organisation based on innovation and exploration, and you will need to be ready to innovate too. A combination of tried and true techniques and innovative approaches, built on an insightful assessment of Institute’s unique opportunity market will be required.

Tertiary qualifications in business, fundraising or an allied discipline together with subsequent relevant work experience; or extensive experience in donor development and fundraising is required.

The Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and workforce and we strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

Please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae, including referee details of 3 referees, quoting the reference number ONJCRI-080/2022 to Dr. Khay-Lin Teoh, Chief Operating Officer, via email at

Closing date for applications: 21 June 2022