We’re hiring and looking for a Fundraising Coordinator to join our incredible team

JRS is hiring a fundraising coordinator to join our incredible team!

We’re searching for a fundraising coordinator able to develop, coordinate and implement our fundraising strategy while supporting JRS’ Director in all fundraising-related actions in alignment with the mission of JRS in Australia.

The Fundraising Coordinator will report to the Director of JRS Australia and work closely with the Communications Coordinator, the bookkeeper, the Manager of the Arrupe Project, the Schools Coordinator and other staff members and volunteers. This role is critical to the sustainability of the services and programs developed by JRS Australia.


 Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS works in situations of greatest need, where people are most vulnerable, where there are gaps in services and where partnerships can be formed to better serve people seeking safety.

In Australia, JRS works to uphold the rights of people who are in the process of seeking asylum and aims to support people to empower themselves, to live meaningful and dignified lives while feeling welcomed and connected to a more fair and just community.


Strategic fundraising

  • Work with the Director of JRS Australia to develop and implement JRS’s fundraising and donor strategy.
  • Work with relevant colleagues to develop specific fundraising initiatives and key messaging.
  • Being responsible for generating target income through the development, management and evaluation of JRS’ multi-channel fundraising strategy.
  • Advise JRS’ Director on fundraising opportunities.

Appeals writing

  • Write and develop JRS’ fundraising appeals at key times through the year.
  • Develop special fundraising appeals and initiatives to respond to urgent needs and key opportunities and situations as the need arises.
  • Work closely with the communications coordinator to develop key messaging.

Relationship building

  • Alongside JRS’ Director, coordinate JRS’ relations with donors and build strong and active relationships with potential major donors.
  • Map the potential of corporate fundraising and develop strong relationships with relevant stakeholders.
  • Proactively identify and create opportunities for increased giving through different means.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with key parishes and schools.
  • Develop JRS’ potential and ability to increase fundraising outcomes through bequests.
  • Communicate the mission, values and activities of JRS Australia to specific donors, as well as to a wider audience.

Database management and digital fundraising

  • Manage and coordinate JRS’ donor database with the aim to increase JRS’ donor base, maintain key donors and maximise its potential.
  • Segment JRS’ database effectively to engage with donors at the level required and to maximise fundraising outcomes.
  • Develop effective and compelling digital fundraising initiatives.

Events management

  • Lead the organisation and co-ordination of relevant fundraising events, working closely with others in the team.

Institutional funding and grant writing

  • Work closely with the JRS Director to map institutional funders likely to fund JRS, develop an institutional fundraising strategy and a fundraising calendar.
  • Work closely with the Director and the Arrupe Project Manager to develop high quality grant applications to target institutional donors.

Liaison and capacity building

  • Liaise with other staff members and volunteers to raise their awareness about the importance of fundraising and how they could support efforts to achieve JRS’ fundraising targets.
  • Provide advice on how to increase our donor base.

Philosophy, Mission and Values

  • Understand and demonstrate the Mission and Values of JRS on a day-to-day basis; respect, hope, dignity, solidarity, hospitality, justice and participation.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of JRS.
  • Adhere to the JRS and the Australian Jesuit Province Code of Conduct.
  • Work closely with the relevant people in all of the Jesuit ministries to ensure that Ignatian spirituality is fostered.
  • Behave in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner that respects everyone regardless of their background, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or any other ground.
  • Provide and promote an environment of mutual respect, dignity and fairness – free from discrimination, harassment, victimisation, bullying and violence – to ensure that acceptable standards of conduct are maintained at all times and take appropriate action if unacceptable conduct is observed.

Occupational Health and Safety

  • Comply with the requirements of relevant Work, Health and Safety (or Occupational, Health and Safety) Acts and related procedures developed by the Mission and JRS.
  • Work in a manner that considers duty of care for self and others and be safety conscious at all times.
  • Report inappropriate behaviours which endanger self or others including bullying and other harassing behaviours / incidents.

Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement

  • Attend relevant meetings, workshops, conferences and training, as required.
  • Become familiar with, and follow JRS and the Jesuit Province’s quality and standard policies, procedures and management instructions.
  • Be open to new ways of doing things that enhance working in an environment that is inclusive and that subscribes to the Ignatian way.
  • Strive for continuous improvement in the quality system and work practices by being alert to opportunities for improvement.
  • Maintain confidentiality in relation to clients, staff and volunteer issues and all JRS’ programs.


Essential Requirements:

  • Tertiary qualification in marketing, communications or relevant discipline.
  • Solid fundraising experience and a proven track record in achieving targets.
  • Substantive experience in work with major donors, event management and/or grant writing.
  • Competence in developing and implementing an effective fundraising plan.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills and the ability to develop compelling content across multiple channels (appeals, social media, website, supporter communications)
  • Proven ability to maintain and engage with audiences across various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and experience in using digital platforms and social networking for fundraising.
  • Experience coordinating/organising events.
  • Outstanding networking and relationship building skills and ability to engage positively with different stakeholders.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Experience working alongside a diverse team and a proven ability to integrate fundraising objectives with communications, advocacy and programmatic inputs.
  • Capacity and enthusiasm to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising staff and volunteers.
  • Capacity to manage competing deadlines, prioritise workload appropriately and work in a professional and flexible manner.
  • Adherence to the mission and values of Jesuit Refugee Services and the Australian Jesuit Province.
  • Commitment to human rights, equality and social change and a passion for the rights of people seeking asylum and refugees.
  • Commitment to working within current Equal Employment opportunities (EEO), Work Health and Safety (WH&S), and child protection legislation.
  • A current NSW Police record check and NSW working with children check or willingness to undertake one.


  • Good understanding of issues concerning people seeking asylum and refugees.
  • Experience within the not-for-profit sector.
  • Contacts with donors in Australia or established relations with various philanthropy stakeholders.
  • Experienced design skills with use of Adobe Creative Suite, e.g. InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Ability to film, edit and produce videos.

Application Process:

If you would like further information about the Fundraising Coordinator position, please contact:  Carolina Gottardo, JRS Australia Director on 0414880625 or carolina.gottardo@jrs.org.au

To apply, please address the selection criteria and send your response, along with your resume and a cover letter to: jobs@jrs.org.au by Wednesday, 13th June 2018. Interviews in the week commencing 18th June 2018

Or alternatively, you are welcome to post your application to:

Jesuit Refugee Service

Attn:  Office Manager

PO Box 522

Kings Cross NSW 1340

Thank you for your interest in working with Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.

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