Philanthropy Manager

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

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The Philanthropy Manager role sits within the Development and Enterprises division and reports to the Director, Development and Enterprises. The Development and Enterprises division raises considerable income for the Museum and manages its key supporter relationships. Fostering loyalty and advocacy through dynamic customer service and communications, the division is creative and sustainable in the generation of income for the Museum. Working with the Director, Development and Enterprises, the Philanthropy Manager plays the lead role in the MCA’s philanthropic platform and develops and implements the strategic direction for individual giving across the MCA. The philanthropic platform includes Patron and Ambassador programs as well as one-off campaigns and prospecting and stewardship activities. The Philanthropy Manager role requires a diverse skillset including the ability to connect with a broad range of stakeholders, deliver exceptional engagement experiences, build teams and meet objective revenue targets.

  • Collaborating with the Director, Development and Enterprises to develop and implement the individual giving strategy for the MCA.

  • Meet annual revenue targets through the MCA donor programs, campaigns and other fundraising activity.

  • Build and develop the skills and opportunities for the Philanthropy team creating a culture of inclusion and excellence.

  • Work closely with the Foundations, Trusts and Bequests Manager to collaborate on donor relationships.

  • Implement through communications and events, prospecting and stewardship plans across the Membership, Ambassadors and Patrons programs.

  • Participate and support internal and external MCA committees such as the MCA Foundation and Directors Circle.

  • Organise and attend national and international Patron and Ambassador contemporary art trips with the MCA Director.

  • Develop trusted relationships with the donors to create lifelong engagement.

  • Manage, through the team, all administrative aspects of the philanthropic platform including the Patron and Ambassador programs as well as one-off campaigns, prospecting and stewardship activities.


General requirements of all MCA employees

We require that all of our employees:

  • demonstrate support for innovation and for organisational changes required to improve the MCA’s effectiveness

  • work cooperatively with others to produce innovative solutions and recognise the merits of diverse perspectives and the ideas of others

  • demonstrate commitment to, and knowledge of, the principles and application of equal employment opportunities and anti-discrimination legislation in the work place

  • work in accordance with the principles of equity, access and fairness. Respect WHS work practices and procedures; work with due care and consideration to safeguard your own health and safety and the health and safety of others.

Key selection criteria

Essential criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:

  • 5 plus years’ experience in innovative fundraising, patronage and donor programs, or experience in a relationship/client focused environment that has objective financial targets

  • demonstrated experience in building and developing motivated and collaborative teams

  • highly developed interpersonal and project management skills including outstanding organization skills with the ability to juggle competing deadlines and maintain a flexible approach

  • excellent communications skills, both written and oral, that translate into deep stakeholder relationships.

Terms and conditions of employment

This is a full-time, permanent position reporting to the Director, Development & Enterprises. Some work out of normal hours (9am – 5.30pm) will be required to cover the MCA’s exhibitions and programs.

Salary package includes:

  • annual leave: 4 weeks

  • personal leave: 10 days

  • superannuation: 9.50% super payments (in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992).

The appointment will be conditional on an initial 3-month probationary period, which may also be extended (at the MCA’s discretion) for additional 3 months. Thereafter, termination by either party will require written notice of 4 weeks.

How to Apply

Shortlisting for interviews will be based on applicants meeting the essential criteria listed in the position description.

Your application must include:

  • cover letter

  • CV

  • contact details of two referees

  • your responses to the selection criteria (in a separate document).

Please email the application to

Closing date

9am Friday 13 December 2019.

Posted on December 3