Job Vacancies

Grants Advisor

December 02nd, 2019

Building. Enabling. Leading.

Working for a strong, just and sustainable Victoria…..

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust is an independent philanthropic trust established by Helen Macpherson Schutt (née Smith) in 1951. On her passing, Helen left £275,000, the majority of her wealth, to establish a perpetual philanthropic trust to benefit Victoria. To date, HMSTrust has distributed $126 million in grants across a diverse range of projects and initiatives supporting Victorian communities.

We are currently seeking a passionate and experienced Grants Advisor to join our mission-driven team. Reporting directly to the CEO, you will contribute to the management and administration of the Trust’s grant-making process, from enquiry through to final acquittal. 

The Grants Advisor shares the responsibility for the Trust’s grantmaking, including:

Strategic Development:

  • Explore and foster opportunities for strategic grantmaking in areas relevant to the Trust’s grant programs and priorities;

Grant Administration:

  • Grant Preparation – respond to and manage potential applicant enquiries, ensuring compliance according to Trust policies and ACNC regulations;
  • Data Integrity - maintain the Trust’s grants management database, Blackbaud Grantmaking;
  • Grant Evaluation –provide due diligence and assessment advice on applications, and prepare documentation for Trustee and Committee meetings;
  • Grant Execution – assure the smooth flow of process throughout the grant cycle.


  • Maintain supportive and respectful communication with applicants and grantees;
  • Work collaboratively with the Grants team to achieve and sustain best industry practice.

The position requires you to have exceptional strategic, interpersonal, communication and analytical skills, plus strong attention to detail with at least 5 years’ experience in a relevant sector.

HMSTrust is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all employees are valued and respected. If you are looking for a flexible, supportive and friendly work environment, and you thrive working in a small team then we would love to hear from you!

For any queries please contact


Helen Macpherson Smith Trust