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Assistant Manager, Development – NMA

Closing date:   December 7, 2022
Institution:   National Museum of Australia
Salary:   $81,948 to $91,849
Employment status:   Non-ongoing, full-time until December 2023 with possibility of extension
Location :   Acton ACT
Contact name:   Karen Pittar, (02) 6208 5373
Contact email:   karen.pittar@nma.gov.au

The Museum has several positions available for highly motivated and organised professionals to join its passionate and dedicated Development and Friends team in the role of Assistant Development Manager with a focus on the following areas:

•    philanthropy and written communication
•    corporate partnerships and grants
•    bequests and Friends (Museum membership program)

These roles will work with the Development managers to research, seek, build and steward relationships with a range of supporters including Museum members, philanthropic donors/bodies, corporate partners, granting bodies and bequest donors.

They will assist with a range of critical development communication including key annual publications, grant applications and corporate partner pitch documents, fundraising collateral and strategic correspondence with external stakeholders. They will also be responsible for delivering a range of events from an appeal launch to corporate lunches or a gala dinner.

The Assistant Development Managers will use initiative to grow Development income to meet ambitious targets. This will include:

  • Working with the Development managers to identify projects for support and aligning them with potential philanthropic, corporate, bequest and grant opportunities
  • Driving the grant process to meet targets including research, submissions, project delivery oversight and acquittals

Working with the Development managers to:

  • Create and deliver philanthropic appeals such as the annual appeal and produce a range of written communications including grant applications, reports, marketing collateral, correspondence and annual publications
  • Research, seek and service/deliver benefits to a range of corporate partners as well as researching, applying and acquitting grants across the organisation
  • Build a bequest program and community as well as manage the growing Friends program at the Museum
  • Maintaining and further cultivating strong relationships and regular communication with granting bodies, corporate partners and philanthropic donors and Friends (members)
  • Producing a range of correspondence to be sent to key donors, granting bodies, corporate partners and Friends
  • Being responsible for coordinating and delivering Development events to further cultivate prospects and encourage increased giving from current donors and partners
  • Representing the Museum at a range of networking and other events
  • Supporting the Development managers in the preparation of key governance documents including Council and Committee papers.

The key duties of the position include:

The successful applicants will be passionate about and interested in philanthropy, corporate partnerships and grants, particularly within the cultural sector. You will be a strategic thinker who is highly organised, with a proven track record of successful fundraising through philanthropic, grants and corporate initiatives and/or experience in membership programs. Resilient, results-oriented and proactive, you will be able to prioritise your workload to manage your time effectively and achieve outcomes within agreed and sometimes tight timeframes.

In addition, you will have a high attention to detail and be confident in a various range of administrative duties, including managing correspondence, reports and numerous other forms of communication. You will be self-motivated, with a high level of judgement and discretion, coupled with exemplary communication skills and the ability to build enduring relationships.

You will possess exceptional written communication skills and have experience in crafting targeted messaging that engages and inspires its readers, ultimately helping to secure donations and support. This includes the ability to draft correspondence, publications, newsletters and website text.

Your communication skills will also extend to interactions with key internal and external stakeholders. You will be able to work productively with a broad range of people from varied personal and professional backgrounds. A high level of sensitivity and professionalism is essential.

You will have experience in managing major individual donors and prospects and have experience in the strategic cultivation of major gifts and/or corporate partnerships.

As integral members of the highly functioning Development and Friends team, you will also be expected to work independently and use your initiative to meet ambitious targets.

Additionally, you will have exceptional computer literacy and extensive experience with Microsoft Office products and customer-relationship databases.


To be eligible to apply for this vacancy, applicants must:
–    be an Australian citizen
–    undergo a number of pre-employment checks, including a police records check.


Applicants must respond to each of the following selection criteria (maximum 2 pages), provide a current CV and include contact details for two referees in their application.

Ready to apply?

Visit https://www.nma.gov.au/about/employment and apply online.

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