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Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Philanthropy Officer

Role Description

Philanthropy Officer

Department:  External Affairs

Reports to:      Head of Philanthropy

Reports:          0

Salary:             $75,000 plus superannuation

 Primary purpose of the role:

The Philanthropy Officer is responsible for developing, planning, evaluating, directing and executing the end of financial year campaign project and other targeted donor campaign programs, managing annual gift renewals and providing regular donor communications throughout the year in conjunction with the Head of Philanthropy.

 This role has a strong focus on stewardship of current and recently lapsed donors with the further aim of identifying and progressing major gift prospects up through the donor pipeline.

 Key accountabilities:

  • Work closely with the Head of Philanthropy, Philanthropy Manager and Philanthropy Coordinator to achieve annual fundraising goals;
  • Develop, plan, direct and execute the Orchestra’s end of financial year campaign, Spring campaign and targeted campaigns for specific projects;
  • Develop, plan, promote, direct and implement a patron stewardship program;
  • Strengthen and develop current donor relationships to successfully solicit gifts with a value up to $5,000;
  • Clearly articulate the Orchestra’s role, artistic services, cultural policies and impact to the donor community to inspire new and increased giving;
  • Representing the Company undertake a number of face-to-face meetings per month and devise individual plans for ongoing and increased gifts to the Orchestra; and
  • Attend concerts, events and other duties as required.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 2- 5 years’ experience in Fundraising
  • Success in Administration
  • Highly skilled and experienced in CRM database work
  • High level people relationship skills
  • High level of initiative, strong organisational & negotiation skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Existing contacts in Sydney/national arts media (desirable)
  • Knowledge and passion for classical and contemporary orchestral music


 Display Resilience and Courage-Adept

Act with Integrity Adept

Manage Self Adept

Value Diversity Adept

Communicate Effectively Advanced

Commit to Customer Service Adept

Work Collaboratively Adept

Influence and Negotiate Adept

Deliver Results Adept

Plan and Prioritise Adept

Think and Solve Problems Adept

Demonstrate Accountability Adept

 Finance Intermediate

Technology Intermediate

Procurement and Contract Management Intermediate

Project Management Adept

Manage and Develop People Adept

Inspire Direction and Purpose Intermediate

Optimise Business Outcomes Adept

Manage Reform and Change Intermediate


Applications Close Monday 15 April 2019

Please submit a current resume and cover letter to Michel Maree Hryce at

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Opportunity Type
Full Time
Arts Admin & Finance


Pay information
$60,000 - $80,000
$75,000 & Super
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