Philanthropy Lead

Job Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Employer: Opera Australia
Full time

Philanthropy Lead 

  • Strong potential to grow your Philanthropy career working at Australia’s largest performing arts company
  • Flexible work arrangements 


About us

Opera Australia (OA) is Australia’s national opera company dedicated to enriching Australia’s cultural life with exceptional opera and musical productions. OA is dedicated to delivering outstanding performances as the resident company at the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House, and through touring across the country. OA has a range of major projects supporting the future of opera as a contemporary offering, extending the reach of its art-form to new and emerging audiences and of connecting appropriately with specific communities around the nation.


About the role 

The Philanthropy Lead is responsible for coordinating an annual program of engagement for Opera Australia Major Donors and contributors to the Patron Program playing a key role in donor retention and cultivation.


Some key responsibilities:  

  • Along with Philanthropy Specialists and Managers, develop annual donor engagement plans focussed on communications touchpoints and unique special events tailored for high-net-worth individuals with a shared goal of realising annual retention and acquisition targets.
  • Execution of annual donor engagement plans including event coordination, liaison with vendors, artists and Executive team ensuring event and communication activities are delivered on time and on budget
  • Coordinate accurate donor acknowledgment lists and up-to-date information for relevant Opera Australia publications 
  • Work closely with the Development Director to service a small portfolio of philanthropy partners
  • Liaise with the Ticketing Team to deliver all ticketing benefits 
  • Establish annual stewardship and renewal plans for portfolio
  • Provide research support to the Philanthropy Specialists and Managers with donor and prospect research
  • Manage prospect information in Tessitura and the prospect portfolio for event opportunities and communications.


About you: 
You will have over 3 years of experience working in a fundraising, events or non-for-profit environment. Tertiary qualifications in arts management, the humanities, communications or a related field is a bonus. 

You must also have: 

  • Highly developed skills at managing a variety of stakeholder relationships
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising administration
  • Demonstrated experience in event coordination
  • Sound knowledge of stewardship or managing benefits
  • Highly developed Microsoft Office skills
  • Intermediate understanding of fundraising databases
  • Sound understanding of research

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