Development Director

The Jewish Museum of Australia is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading community-based museums. Our mission is to engage people with Jewish culture, seeking both to connect Jewish people with their own cultural heritage, and to promote an understanding and appreciation of Jewish culture in the wider community. We are proud members of Multicultural Museums Victoria, an alliance of five ethnic museums whose collective purpose is to promote respect and appreciation of cultural diversity across our society, and we welcome visitors of all ages and all religious and cultural backgrounds. We have a rich and multifaceted collection spanning the breadth of Jewish culture and Australian Jewish history, present innovative exhibitions and offer engaging education programs and cultural events. 

We are currently seeking to fill a newly defined position of Development Director, who will lead the development and implementation of our strategic fundraising program, with a specific focus on major gifts. We are seeking to significantly increase our revenue from major gifts, build our donor pipeline, and develop strong, lasting relationships with our major donors, including professionals working in philanthropic trusts and foundations. We are also looking to engage Board members and staff from across the organisation more deeply in donor relations. In addition to the major gift program, the Development Director is also responsible for developing and securing corporate sponsorship, developing and delivering an annual program of direct mail appeals and managing the Development team. The Development Director reports to the CEO and is part of a dynamic, high performing leadership team. 

The successful candidate for this position will have a minimum of five years experience in a senior fundraising position with a proven track record of building relationships with major donors, personally securing major gifts and increasing fundraising revenue in a sustainable manner. Ideally, they will have experience working in an arts/cultural, education or Jewish community organisation, or a strong interest in/knowledge of these sectors. They will have outstanding communication skills and the ability to confidently articulate a case for support for the arts in a crowded marketplace of worthy charitable causes. They will possess enthusiasm, a positive attitude and an understanding of the constraints of working in a small organisation, and will be highly motivated, results-oriented and have a strong sense of integrity and personal responsibility. 

If you are inspired by this opportunity and wish to learn more, please contact Rebecca Forgasz, Director & CEO, on 8534 3630 for further information about the role.