Learning & Content Officer

Friday, 14 Apr 2023

About the job

LOCATION: National position (Melbourne or Sydney preferred)


REPORTS TO: Director, Learning & Content


· Learning & Content Team

· Membership Services Team (MST)

· Marketing and Communications Team

· Philanthropy Australia staff

· Philanthropy Australia Members

· Other philanthropic partners and related organisations


Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy. With a vision of a generous and inclusive Australia, we are driven by our purpose to inspire more and better philanthropy.

The behaviours that underpin our values of Respect, Trust, Humility, Impact, Celebration and Sharing are the foundation of all we do: https://www.philanthropy.org.au/about-us/who-we-are/.

We are an independent organisation with more than 800 trusts, foundations, organisations, families, individual donors, professional advisers, intermediaries and not-for-profits as our members and partners. We are a growing movement of people and organisations who believe in the importance of giving and creating positive social change.

Our organisation is made up of passionate, supportive and inspiring people, who are driven by our purpose and values.

Working at Philanthropy Australia means you have access to benefits, such as:

· Additional 1 week (pro-rata) of leave for Reflection Leave after 12 months of service

· Flexible and hybrid ways of working

· Employee Assistance Program

· Generous paid parental and partner leave after 12 months of service

· A generous L&D budget

· Learning opportunities, particularly around philanthropy, the not-for-profit sector and specific causes.

We are looking for team members who have an interest in philanthropy or philanthropic causes, to put engagement first in all they do and help us reach our ambitious growth agenda as outlined in PA’s 2022 – 2025 Strategic Plan. (https://philanthropy.org.au/about-us/publications/strategic-plan-2022-2025/)

Philanthropy Australia welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

We strive to have diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences, including, First Nations people, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people of all ages.

We believe in building an inclusive workforce that sees human difference as a strength and supports our vision for a generous and inclusive Australia


The Learning & Content team is responsible for sharing contemporary and emerging philanthropic practice and content through activities, events and programs and by directly engaging and supporting members to enhance their practice.

The Learning & Content Officer is a key role within the Learning and Content team, supporting the development of content to grow sector capacity and enable more and better giving. The role will work closely with the Director, Learning & Content to support the delivery of Philanthropy Australia’s content strategy.

The Learning & Content Officer will also collaborate with others to convene Peer Networks, Philanthropy Australia’s communities of practice, to develop members’ learning, networking and collaboration on specific focus areas.

The person in this role will assist with content curation and resource development, as well as the practical day-to-day administration and support required to ensure effective and varied content delivery, through workshops, network meetings and webinars.

The Learning & Content Officer will also work with Marketing and Communications team to support the dissemination of relevant content via digital platforms, newsletters and website articles to align with key themes and events.


Content Development

  • Support the development and delivery of PA’s annual (and ongoing) content strategy
  • Prepare speaker briefings and event run sheets which include key content and talking points
  • Research national and international philanthropic issues, trends and practices to support the content strategy
  • Develop and maintain an internal database of potential speakers based on key content teams (working closely with the Membership Services Team to capture information and data)
  • Support the Director, Learning & Content with content curation and development as required

Program Delivery

Assist with the curation, development and delivery of a national content-based program which includes:

  • Philanthropy Australia National Conference (next Conference in 2024)
  • Australian Philanthropy Awards
  • Webinars, workshops and masterclasses
  • Peer Networks (see below)
  • International study tours
  • Telescope, an annual report capturing sector interests and needs
  • Professional Learning Program
  • Other bespoke events specific to philanthropic learning opportunities

Provide administrative and hosting support

Peer Networks

Collaborate across the organisation (particularly with the Member Services Team) to coordinate the facilitation of PA’s Peer Networks offering, which includes:

  • Deliver the 2023 Peer Network program – including reviving other Peer Networks that are not currently active.
  • Support the planning and execution of the 2023-2024 program
  • Support the planning of each Peer Network in conjunction with the PA staff-lead and the Peer Network Chair(s)
  • Liaise with the PA staff-lead, other PA staff – and where relevant – Chairs of each Peer Network to develop the meeting agenda, prepare guest speakers, and deliver peer networks
  • Coordinate the evaluation of Peer Networks and make recommendations for improvements and change

Executive & Professional Practise

  • Participate in Philanthropy Australia’s corporate life including attendance at and assistance with stakeholder events and after-hour programs and events as required
  • Maintain effective links and relationships with key and relevant stakeholders in the philanthropic sector
  • Participate in the Working Group to support the development of Philanthropy Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan and apply learnings to the broader content offering

Other duties and projects as reasonably directed by the Director, Learning & Content. As this role supports a national strategy and program of events, the ability to attend events out of normal business hours and travel interstate on occasion is required.


  • Experience in philanthropy and/or for-purpose sector
  • Excellent stakeholder management
  • Experience in content development such as training resources or information slides
  • Strong planning and project management skills – feeding into multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Confidence to lead planning meetings and advise on agenda issues
  • Strong ICT skills and knowledge (Microsoft Office)
  • Strong relationship building with both internal and external stakeholders and ability to confidently communicate with senior executives
  • High-level administration skills with attention to detail and an ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Understanding of and interest in philanthropy
  • Negotiation and effective problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team while also taking responsibility for individual performance


To apply for this position, please provide a brief cover letter outlining your interest and suitability to the role, along with your CV to email [email protected] or apply directly though the job advertisement.

Applicants are welcomed to submit a video application using their smartphone outlining their experience, interest and suitability to the role, as an alternative to a written application.

Applications close Friday 14 April, however, we are reviewing applications as they are received and may move quickly to interview and appoint a successful candidate. Please apply asap.

For questions about the role, please contact Renata Zanetti: [email protected]