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The Museum has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and organised professional to join their passionate and dedicated Development and Membership team in the role of Development Manager, Bequests and Friends.
Reporting to the Head of Development and Membership and working collaboratively across the Development and Friends team, the Development Manager, Bequests and Friends will be responsible for increasing notified bequests along with overseeing the management of the Friends program.

You will manage and grow the Museum’s bequest program, increasing the financial capacity of the organisation to support a range of programs, exhibitions and acquisition of objects. You will work collaboratively with the Head of Development and Membership to identify and steward donors, as well as developing a highly sophisticated bequest program.

The successful applicant will:

  • Oversee the Friends program from a strategic and programming perspective
  • Create a detailed strategy and plan to grow notified bequests and establish a bequest program.
  • Identify prospects and develop donor profiles through detailed research of known and potential donors.
  • Plan, organise and manage the Museum’s bequest program to achieve significant revenue targets and generate funds in support of our campaigns.
  • Identify and research potential bequest donors including those already in our database and develop their interest to leave a legacy, through personal visits, letters, phone calls and special events.
  • Develop and manage communications/donor care plans for bequest donors.
  • Maintain donor and prospect notes in the database ensuring this information is treated in a confidential manner and is used appropriately.
  • Manage boutique and networking events as needed.

The key duties of the position include:

We are seeking a confident and motivated Development Manager, Bequests and Friends with a strong donor-centric approach, a love of forming positive long-lasting relationships and a capacity to articulate and communicate the vision of the National Museum of Australia.

The successful candidate for this position will have exceptional relationship building skills and preferably have an understanding of growing bequests within a cultural organisation setting.

You are organised, prepared and detail-orientated and understand the importance of follow-through. You will possess excellent research skills along with a sound knowledge of Australia’s high net-worth individuals, families, trusts and foundations. You will also possess excellent written communication skills along with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

The incumbent will have proven experience in taking responsibility and achieving quality outcomes. They will be a strategic thinker who is flexible, adaptable and experienced in dealing with sensitive issues. A strong communicator, with project management experience and proven capacity to effectively plan and organise their own work and the work of others.

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