Grants Officer

Sunday, 10 Mar 2024

Make this role your own. Use your demonstrated grants writing, fundraising and administration experience to make a difference.

Who we are
SVA is Australia’s most innovative social impact organisation.

We use our broad outlook, transformational thinking, and trusted voice to lead the charge against inequality in Australia. We were created over 20 years ago to find innovative solutions to entrenched social problems and speed up the rate of positive change.

We help institutions think differently, we help redesign systems by learning about what works in communities, and work hand-in-hand with our passionate partners to take real action and drive positive social change.

The Partnerships team

The Partnerships team is responsible for all elements of philanthropic fundraising at SVA and the management of select strategic partnerships. Specifically, the team works to raise income for programs and initiatives across SVA, as well as discretionary income for programs and initiatives across SVA, as well as discretionary income to support the work of SVA.

The team has a presence in Sydney and Melbourne, and works in close collaboration with our Programs teams, Marketing and Communications team and other staff across SVA.

The position

This role reports directly to the Head of Trusts and Foundations and requires a professional, creative, thorough and highly organised candidate who has a strong desire to build a successful career in philanthropy and social impact. The Grants Officer will directly contribute to the long-term success of SVA’s strategic objectives through their own success in this role.

You will collaborate with the Partnerships team and others across SVA to help secure revenue for key organisational priorities by:

  • Supporting the Head of Trusts and Foundations with development and management of an ambitious and effective pipeline of trusts and foundations
  • Identifying, researching and securing small to medium-sized opportunities that fit SVA’s focus areas e.g., education, early childhood, homelessness, and employment
  • Contributing to ongoing research on Trusts and Foundations to inform pursuit plans and growth strategies for the team
  • Preparing grant applications and proposals
  • Coordinating implementation, administration and acquittal of trusts and foundations grants agreements
  • Working with SVA’s Finance Team to ensure accurate financial reporting and management of grant income and expenses
  • Developing and nurturing relationships with colleagues and peers to ensure effective engagement of the Trusts and Foundations team across SVA
  • Maintaining database records, creating and preparing reports and donor briefings to support programs teams, senior management, executive and board
  • Undertaking team support with administrative tasks, project work, and SVA representation at external events on an ad hoc basis, expenses, invoices, coordinating travel itineraries

Special requirements

Ability to travel nationally and attend events outside of standard office hours as required.

Your benefits

Work in an organisation awarded Best CSR Innovation 2023 by the Australia Financial Review (AFR) Boss
Be part of the SVA team known for living by our values to put people at the centre and be open and ready to learn
We don’t believe that “one size fits all” so we offer flexibility and a hybrid work model that is specific to your team and recognises that work is only one of our priorities.
Join an organisation with a focus on your wellbeing and development with an additional week of leave after working with SVA for two continuous years.

Who you are

You will:

  • Have experience and a strong interest in the philanthropic landscape, with knowledge of emerging trends and opportunities
  • Be known for your success in writing, securing, administering and acquitting grants
  • Bring current knowledge of fundraising best practice, specifically in relation to stewardship and relationship management
  • Be highly organised and use excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise and manage multiple and competing work tasks to deliver on agreed deadlines
  • Demonstrate very strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to successfully engage with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Have the ability to work in cross-cultural settings, and connect with diverse teams across the organisation, donors and supporters
  • Be passionate about and have the commitment to working to further SVA’s purpose to contribute to an Australia where all people and communities thrive

SVA values diversity and encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of colour. We value people of all abilities and diversity of culture, faith, gender identity and sexual orientation. We welcome unique contributions and perspectives of all people to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities we work with and live in.

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Belinda Collins-Polglase, Head of Trusts and Foundations on 0416 225 399.

If you have the experience and knowledge we are looking for and are excited to join our team, please submit your CV (max 2 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the person requirements by midnight AEDT Sunday 10 March 2024.

Please note that we will consider and bring candidates to interview as applications are received and therefore encourage you to apply at your earliest opportunity. To find out more about SVA, submit your application and view the position description for this role, please go to