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Senior Philanthropy Manager

August 02nd, 2022

A fantastic opportunity exists for a Senior Philanthropy Manager to join the Philanthropy Team at the Hunter Medical Research Institute based in Newcastle, NSW.

About the Opportunity

Every one of our staff and 1,600 passionate affiliated researchers and support staff has a different reason for getting involved in doing or supporting medical research. Some were inspired by teachers or mentors. Others relish the challenge of solving a universal problem. Some have seen friends and family affected by a cruel disease. And others want to make a difference. But we all share the same purpose: To improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. That’s what gets us up in the morning! 
HMRI is a pioneer in translational medical research, working in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District, and the Community to improve health outcomes in the Hunter Region, nationally and beyond. Our research is world class. We enjoy a professional and enthusiastic service-orientated culture with a highly supportive Director, Board and Foundation. 
Our staff are conscious trailblazers, community cultivators, and thoughtfully candid in our interaction with others. We solve problems together – we are greater than the sum of our parts. We are seeking an experienced and energetic philanthropy professional to join our team. 
This role is part of a team of philanthropy professionals and reports to the Head of Philanthropy. The role’s purpose is to increase HMRI’s philanthropic funding, with a focus on major gifts. We take a donor centric approach built on strong relationships with our donors, our supporters, and our researchers. 
You will be responsible for:

  • Working in collaboration with clinical and discovery researchers and the Head of Philanthropy to develop compelling cases for support 
  • Developing a pipeline of major donors, in collaboration with the team of philanthropy managers. 
  • Engaging with prospects and donors to establish, build, and maintain donor relations to secure deeper donor commitment to HMRI, especially identifying and cultivating major donor prospects
  • Developing and maintaining excellent relationships with donors, researchers, and colleagues 
  • Meeting team revenue targets and individual Key Performance Indicators (activity focused) as set.

About You
The successful candidate will:

  • Have experience in fundraising and/or professional services sales
  • Enjoy identifying and engaging with prospective donors 
  • Have experience in building and maintaining quality professional relationships  
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Have analytical skills – i.e., the ability to assimilate medical/scientific information into a succinct lay summary
  • Have University Degree qualifications
  • Demonstrate reliable, honest, and trustworthy service to donors, customers and/or colleagues
  • Demonstrate warmth, respect, and friendliness
  • A passion for the advancement of health, medicine, and public health policy

Our team is friendly, fun, hard-working and passionate about fundraising for medical research. We are also passionate about building and developing relationships with donors and researchers and the role we play in upholding HMRI’s reputation in the community.  
How to Apply
All applications should be forwarded to and must include a cover letter, current resume including at least two (2) work-related referees, and responses to all the essential selection criteria as outlined in the attached position description.  For more information, please contact the Head of Philanthropy, Dr Giavanna Angeli at or phone 02 40420350 

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