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Senior Philanthropic Executive - Flexible Location

Invasive Species Council

Work with us and make a huge difference for conservation and environment protection at this critical time. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented specialist in major gifts fundraising, with 3 years experience in major gifts (or more), to work with other fundraising experts to support the growth of a leading national environmental organisation. We're on a mission to save biodiversity from invasive species. To do this, we must double our income over the next 5 years and the philanthropy program will play a leading role. You'll be joining a fun and dynamic team that applies a donor centric and data driven approach in everything that we do. In a flexible workplace with a great salary and opportunities for professional development you'll be wrapped you made the change.

the basics:

  • Reports to: Director of Marketing and Development
  • Basis: Full time 38 (5 days) per week. Will consider part time (4 days) per week for a highly experienced candidate.
  • Location: Flexible. Sydney, Blue Mountains or Melbourne preferred.
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Salary range: $100,000 - $110,000 plus 10.5% super, depending on skills and experience
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Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a driven, ambitious and passionate environmentalist to join Australia’s leading advocacy organisation tackling invasive species.

The Invasive Species Council is about to embark on a ten-year journey of growth as we aim to prevent more invasive species-led extinctions by 2030 in the midst of an extinction crisis. To support this growth ISC is looking for an experienced, talented philanthropy executive with least 6 years of fundraising under their belt, of which 3 years were in a major gifts’ role.

We are looking for a switched on and enthusiastic person to lead a growing philanthropy program and inspire the CEO and others to deliver a best practice program to fund our core mission.

You will have a background in running direct marketing fundraising programs that support your major gift program skills. Engaging with existing or potential philanthropists comes naturally to you and you can transform the smallest of encounters into an opportunity to protect biodiversity. You love data and can confidently navigate a spreadsheet and develop a pipeline, just as much as you can a relationship pathway with a funder. You have a knack for developing a great case for support, writing a compelling proposal and enjoy reporting to feed back on your successes.

The team will love your enthusiastic and flexible attitude and your maturity will allow you to happily work autonomously, complete multiple projects at once and contribute positively to our great team culture.

At a personal level you will have a good work ethic, resilience, tenacity, confidence and compassion. You will also be comfortable collaborating and know how to set yourself and the organisation up for success, and are bold enough to do it.

Sound like you?

The Senior Philanthropy Executive will build the Invasive Species Councils’ Philanthropy and Bequest programs by applying exceptional direct marketing, project management, relationship building and writing skills. This role also includes writing fundraising materials, writing reports, analysing program success, preparing annual operational planning documents and collaborating and refining the existing three-year philanthropy strategy.

Key Functions

  • Leading the Philanthropy program, implementing the three-year philanthropy strategy for growth, operationalising annual plans.
  • Managing a portfolio of donors, from acquisition to solicitation to stewardship.
  • Planning for and analysing and reporting on the performance of the programs.
  • The writing of fundraising and marketing communications, including pitch documents and/or grant applications.

Key Selection Criteria


  • A minimum of three years’ experience in the major donor/grants area with additional years of fundraising experience in direct marketing (both mail and digital) experience for NGOs, preferably an environment advocacy NGOs.
  • Outstanding ability to identify and develop the strongest case for support for a campaign, grant application or individual.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering successful grant making and major donor programs.
  • Sound experience managing a portfolio of major donors through their various stages and setting income targets and managing activities and a budget to meet them.
  • Experience running small events to engage and educate supporters.
  • Coordinating successful direct mail and digital fundraising appeals.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse and report on program performance and to identify alternative approaches to improve program performance, including accurate record keeping.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop operational plans, pipelines, and creative briefs.
  • Self-motivated, energetic, focused, team player willing to learn, solve problems and share their fundraising knowledge with the team.
  • Excellent time management, task management and organisational skills.
  • Intermediate skills at Microsoft Word (i.e. mail merge) and Excel programs (i.e. calculations, formulas and basic manipulation of the datasheet). These are essential skills.
  • Previous work in the non-profit sector and enthusiasm for protecting our environment.


  • A marketing or equivalent degree.


Preferred in the vicinity of Sydney, Blue Mountains or Melbourne with other locations to be considered. The Invasive Species Council supports decentralised working arrangements.

About the Invasive Species Council

The Invasive Species Council is a non-government donor-funded organisation that seeks better laws and policies to protect the Australian environment from weeds, feral animals, insects, pathogens and other invaders. Invasive species have been the main driver of environmental loss of Australia’s native animals since colonisation and remain one of the main threats to the future survival of all our unique wildlife on land and sea.

Formed in 2002, the Invasive Species Council is Australia’s only environmental organisation dedicated to strategically tackling this issue and has made numerous interventions that have reduced the environmental impacts from invasive species.

Over recent years we:

  • Played a major role in ensuring the establishment the national office of environmental biosecurity.
  • Secured $411 million over ten years to eradicate red fire ants from south east Queensland,
  • Co-hosted the inaugural 2019 Australian Biosecurity Symposium.
  • Jointly conducted ground-breaking research to identify harmful invasive insects that could establish in Australia.
  • Led efforts to recognise the national threat from expanding populations of feral deer.
  • Driven the Reclaim Kosci campaign that seeks to reverse the protection of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park.

During the current period of growth we are reviewing our strategic direction. Our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and other background information can be found on our website.

Contact Amber Sprunt on 0437 388 895 for any further information.

To submit your application, click Apply Now.

Should the right candidate apply for this role before its closing date, we will make a decision before the deadline.

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