Head of Development

Wednesday, 13 Mar 2024

National Museum of Australia, where our stories come alive

Create transformational impact through philanthropy
Lead people, capability and partnerships
Full time, Canberra

The Museum is located in Canberra and first opened its doors to the public in 2001. As defined in legislation (established through the National Museum of Australia Act, 1980) the NMA’s function is focused on the collection, preservation and interpretation of the cultural and natural heritage of Australia. To that end, the Museum’s collections include artifacts, artworks, archives and specimens that tell the stories of Australia’s history, society, culture and environment. The Museum focus is on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and Australia’s interaction with the environment. It plays a critical role in sharing and explaining the story of Australia from First Nations and deep time to the present day, to national and international audiences.

Philanthropy is pivotal to the sustainability and future growth of National Museum of Australia, ensuring its vision and strategic aspirations are met. Leading a small dynamic team, as Head of Development, you will have the extraordinary opportunity to drive a culture of philanthropy and private giving, aligning with the Strategic and Business Plans of the National Museum of Australia. Working closely with the executive, senior management team and Museum Council, you will identify prospects, design compelling proposals, steward donors and secure major gifts for the long-term benefit of the Museum.

You will provide strategic direction and inspirational leadership to the Development team, its programs and goals, and drive business development relating to charitable fund accounts, community funds, collective giving, major gifts, corporate partners, bequests and in-kind contributions to reach income growth targets. Developing compelling cases for support will be crucial to solicit funding for key priority projects that require philanthropic investment. Increasing awareness across professional advisors and specific donor market segments will be important, along with building connections and engagement with the Museum Friends (Affinity Program), volunteers, partners, donors and wider community.

About you

  • Proven track record of achieving income growth and surpassing ambitious fundraising goals, coupled with genuine interest in Australian history
  • Ability to build, inspire and mentor high-performing teams
  • Excellent communication, attentive listening, and outstanding interpersonal skills, along with the ability to craft compelling narratives to captivate the hearts and minds of donors throughout the philanthropic journey
  • Relevant experience leading fundraising growth strategies, teams and donor relationships
  • CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) or other fundraising qualifications highly regarded

The National Museum of Australia encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally diverse backgrounds. Eligible candidates must be Australian citizens and undergo pre-employment checks.

APPLY NOW if you are a Head of Development with a donor-centric and entrepreneurial approach together with proven experience delivering aspirational growth, plus a passion for Australian art, history and stories.

Gembridge is proud to partner with the National Museum of Australia on this important recruitment assignment. For a confidential discussion, please contact Michelle Varcoe or Malu Fabello on 03 8375 9661; or [email protected]