Location: Australia wide – You will be based out of one of our EDO offices under our flexible working arrangements. Our list of office locations.
Term: This position is a (Flexible 0.8 to 1FTE) permanent role
Remuneration: SCHADS Level 8 FTE$105k-120k+ 10% super + 17.5% Annual Leave Loading

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are particularly encouraged to apply.

Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the largest environmental legal centre in the Australia- Pacific, dedicated to protecting our climate, communities and shared environment by providing access to justice, running groundbreaking litigation and leading law reform advocacy. EDO’s landmark legal victories include the Rocky Hill coal mine case, which put Australia on the map in terms of international climate change litigation. We are an accredited community legal service and a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that uses the law to protect and defend Australia’s wildlife, people and places. See https://www.edo.org.au/our-work/ for more information on our work.

Purpose of the position:

We are seeking a passionate, committed and experienced major gifts manager to drive our philanthropic programs and turbocharge our impact during this critical decade for nature and climate.

With the support of a talented Philanthropy team, the Head of Philanthropy & Development is accountable for the strategic development and creative direction of EDO’s Philanthropy Strategy, encompassing a robust portfolio of major donors, trust and foundations, and bequests program.

A compassionate leader with exceptional emotional intelligence, you will lead the team to manage a rapidly growing philanthropy portfolio, maintaining a reliable, sustainable income stream for EDO as well as securing gifts above $50,000+ within your own portfolio of donors and prospects. You will ensure effective cultivation and stewardship of donors and prospects across the philanthropy portfolio, to retain existing support and secure new sources of funding with a focus on seeking extraordinary gifts of $100,000+.

Essential Selection Criteria:

The Head of Philanthropy and Development reports to the Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications and works closely with the CEO/ leadership group and Head of Marketing and Media to meet a target by implementing the major donor strategy.

The role directly manages two high-performing fundraising individuals. Interstate travel and some after-hours work may be required from time to time.

This includes:

  • Five years minimum of managing a major gifts program, with demonstrated experience of having successfully designed, developed and managed a growing major gifts program for similar organisations.
  • Compassionate leader with exceptional emotional intelligence, experienced at leading a small team to success while ensuring development opportunities for their staff .
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully identify, cultivate, solicit and steward key relationships with philanthropic individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully design, develop and implement a growing bequest program;
  • Success with Trust and Foundation grant seeking, for large or small grants;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic and operational plans for the major gifts and bequests program;
  • Demonstrated experience of applying Direct Marketing and research techniques to help grow income, develop successful fundraising appeals and marketing materials, including donor proposals;
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and delivering small fundraising events (i.e. briefings);
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to both key individuals and board members;
  • Excellent writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to draft and edit effective reports and other correspondence.
  • Experience managing a major gifts pipeline and using a contacts relationship database ;
  • Successfully construct and manage income and expenditure budgets;

Key Relationships:

  • Major Gifts & Bequest Specialist
  • Senior Philanthropy Specialist
  • CEO
  • Director of Fundraising, marketing and communications
  • Head of marketing and media
  • Director of Systemic change and Director of Healthy Environment and Justice.
  • Managing lawyers

Our Culture and Benefits:

  • We care deeply about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected and empowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or life stage.
  • The chance to be part of the largest environmental legal practice in the Australia-Pacific.
  • A very flexible and family-friendly workplace.
  • Option to work from home and the office.
  • Paid Parental Leave.
  • 15 Days Personal/carer’s leave.
  • Extra leave over the Christmas period.
  • Access to EAP.
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • EDO proudly has a JEDI (Justice, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion), and a Mental Health Ambassador Committee, and is developing a First Nations Indigenous Peoples Program with the aid of indigenous-led consultancies.

Our Values:

Commitment – We are committed to; a united organisation, to each other, to collaboration, to justice, to our communities and to creating a world where nature thrives.

Diversity – We are respectful of and welcome diversity of staff, volunteers, offices, environmental regions, communities, stakeholders.

Integrity – We work effectively, efficiently, strategically, professionally, and ethically; “justice is in our nature”.

Visionary – We lead change and environmental empowerment using innovation, creativity, and courage.

Applications must include a CV and a letter that clearly addresses each of the selection criteria. Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information or sending your application, please contact Aaron Lamb, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications on 0448240746or via email at [email protected] using the subject line: Head of Philanthropy – Australia Wide enquiry via EDO’s website.

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory background checks including a National Police Check, disclosure of previous or current disciplinary action, referee checks, proof of eligibility to work in Australia and qualification checks.

EDO welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, workers of all ages, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.

Applications close: 9:00 AM AEST, 20 Aug 2021