About the Role

As the Head of Development, your mission is to drive a culture of philanthropy across the Australian Museum. Reporting to the Director Public Affairs and Development, the Head of Development manages a small but dynamic team to secure a pipeline of philanthropic support with a focus on major gifts from individual donors, trusts and foundations and bequests for both strategic projects and an ambitious $80M capital campaign.

Working strategically with the Australian Museum Foundation and the Australian Museum’s executive and management team you will identify prospects, design compelling proposals, secure major gifts and steward donors for the long-term benefit of the Australian Museum (AM).

You will oversee the development of engaging cases for support, products, programs, and retention journeys to transform the Australian Museum as it marks its 200th anniversary in 2027. The philanthropy team also supports the operations of the Australian Museum Foundation who receive donations from individual donors and provide significant support to the Australian Museum.

You will oversee all donor engagement and communications management including prospect tracking, donor plans, collateral development, donor communications, events, administration and financial reporting.

The role is offered on a full-time ongoing basis, and you will receive a competitive annual salary package range between $134,411 – $155,445 plus employer’s contribution to superannuation (currently 11.0%) and annual leave loading.

About you

We are seeking someone to lead the development strategy to secure annual and capital funding to set targets and motivate a dynamic and professional team.

To be successful in this role you will possess:

Please see the Role Description for more details and begin the journey to a fulfilling career at the AM. Role Description

About the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is truly a great place to work. We aim to be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. We commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations’ culture; and continue to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs.

Recent staff survey results confirm that our staff feel valued, accepted and supported and that they believe the AM is an inclusive workplace. AM staff also report a high level of job satisfaction

The AM is located on the lands of the Gadigal people, and we acknowledge and pays respect to the Gadigal people as the custodians of the land, sky and waterways, paying respect to Elders past and present.


Besides working together with other like-minded people passionate about the Earth and all its wonders, you will have access to:

How to apply

For more details, Frequently Asked Questions and how to apply go to I Work for NSW. When you apply you will be prompted to answer two targeted questions in support of your application.

The successful applicant will be subject to national criminal records check and will need to show proof of at least two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination.