Job Vacancies

Philanthropy Manager

September 07th, 2022

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 

  • Full-time, permanent position
  • Development Division
  • Reports to the Senior Philanthropy Manager
  • Date reviewed: August 2022


Overview of the MCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is Australia’s leading contemporary art museum. Focusing on the work of living artists, MCA’s vision is to engage audiences with contemporary art and ideas through the presentation of a diverse program of exhibitions and special events. From major thematic exhibitions and surveys of established artists, solo exhibitions, and artist projects to new work by emerging artists, the MCA program covers the range and diversity of contemporary art.


Overview of the position

The MCA’s vision is to take a leadership role in shaping a creative and equitable Australia that values contemporary art and artists, and we are committed to making contemporary art accessible and inspiring for everyone.

The Philanthropy Manager plays a pivotal role in the MCA’s primary supporter program called MCA Ambassadors. MCA Ambassadors support exhibitions, social impact programs and the MCA Collection. Working with the Senior Philanthropy Manager, the Philanthropy Manager prospects new supporters for the MCA as well as implements the renewal process of the annual giving program. MCA Ambassadors have access to exclusive curatorial previews, private viewings and special events, the core program of which is implemented by the Philanthropy Manager in conjunction with the Philanthropy and Bequest Assistant. 


Tasks and responsibilities of the position

  • Support the administration of the MCA Ambassador program, including donor renewals and donor follow-up.
  • Develop trusted relationships with MCA Ambassadors to create lifelong engagement.
  • Work with the Philanthropy and Bequest Assistant on the delivery of the MCA Ambassador core event programs, including artist dinners, curatorial previews, special events, and plan and deliver domestic and international tours in conjunction with the Events Manager, play a central role in the planning and delivery of the primary annual fundraising dinner for the MCA.
  • Proactive management of the MCA Ambassador database with the relevant assistants including maintaining donor information, preparing donor information for the MCA Board and the Divisional Director and donor list management.
  • Develop and deliver prospecting and stewardship activities and programs for the MCA Ambassador program.
  • Coordinating and liaising with MCA Patrons Circles and committees.  


General requirements of all MCA employees

We require that all our employees:

  • demonstrate support for innovation and for organisational changes required to improve the MCA’s effectiveness
  • work cooperatively with others to produce innovative solutions and recognise the merits of diverse perspectives and the ideas of others
  • demonstrate commitment to, and knowledge of, the principles and application of equal employment opportunities and anti-discrimination legislation in the workplace
  • work in accordance with the principles of equity, access, and fairness. Respect WHS work practices and procedures; work with due care and consideration to safeguard your own health and safety and the health and safety of others.


Key selection criteria

Role Requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:

  • 5-plus years’ experience in patronage and donor programs, or experience in a relationship/client-focused environment experience in supporting pitching and fundraising discussions with existing and potential donors
  • experience coordinating successful fundraising events and client event programs
  • developed interpersonal and project management skills and a desire to enhance the MCA brand, develop trusted relationships, and work as a team
  • good organisation skills with the ability to prioritise
  • excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • excellent database management and administrative skills.


Profile of candidate

  • passionate about the work of development in museums
  • pro-active with the ability to exercise good judgement
  • dynamic and flexible
  • interest in contemporary art


Terms and conditions of employment

This is a full-time, permanent position reporting to the Senior Philanthropy Manager. Some work out of normal hours (9am–5.30pm) will be required to cover the MCA’s exhibitions and programs with TOIL available.


Salary package includes:

  • annual leave: 4 weeks
  • personal leave: 10 days
  • superannuation: 10.50% super payments (in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992)

The appointment will be conditional on an initial three-month probationary period, which may also be extended (at the MCA’s discretion) for additional three months. Thereafter termination by either party will require written notice of 4 weeks.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Please note that it is currently a requirement as per the MCA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, that all employees are fully vaccinated. You will need to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination if you are successful. Please note that full vaccination as per the current NSW Government guidelines means two doses of COVID-19 vaccine for adults, and any future approved vaccination boosters. The MCA continues to review this Policy on a regular basis and may change the vaccination mandate requirements in the future.



Shortlisting for interviews will be based on applicants meeting the essential criteria listed in the position description.


Please share with us the following documents as part of your application: 

  • cover letter
  • your responses to the selection criteria (in a separate document)
  • CV
  • contact details of two referees


Please email the application to


The MCA encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people from diverse cultures. The MCA acknowledges the enormous contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, staff, educators, arts professionals, and guests have made to the fabric of the museum since its inception. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice has long been central to MCA collection and exhibition programs.


Closing date: Monday 19 September, 9am.


Working for the MCA

The MCA is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. The MCA promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and where individuals are treated with fairness, equality, and dignity. Find out more about the MCA.

For more about the position, see here: position description

Sydney, NSW

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)