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  • Director of Fundraising

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    Job Description

    • Join a great team and help us make a difference to the lives of others
    • Permanent, full-time role
    • Based in Penrith in Sydney’s Greater West and close to public transport
    • Attractive remuneration with salary packaging option


    About Us

    Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) was founded by Fr Werenfried van Straaten in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees. It is the only international Catholic organisation today that focuses on the pastoral and spiritual support of suffering Christians.

    Through the offerings of 350,000 benefactors worldwide, ACN raises over $200 million annually and supports some 5,500 projects across 140 countries each year.

    ACN Australia and New Zealand began in 1965 and is one of 23 national offices which seeks to raise awareness and financial support for this work. The national office in Australia is based in Penrith in Sydney’s Greater Western region.

    ACN is preparing for growth so that it can continue its outreach to those who are in need. This unique opportunity will therefore suit a passionate fundraiser who is open to bringing that passion for fundraising and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

    About the Role

    The role of Director of Fundraising is a newly created role critical to achieving ACN’s mission. Reporting to the National Director, and leading a small team, you will drive the formulation and execution of ACN’s fundraising strategy aimed at attaining annual revenue targets, fostering continual expansion and viability of both existing and emerging revenue channels.

    You will lead the growth strategy by refining existing fundraising streams, developing new capabilities, and ensuring the achievement of revenue targets in line with ACN’s pastoral character.

    You will direct the management of current fundraising streams including community engagement, benefactor journeys, major gifts, gifts-in-wills, retail, direct marketing (print and digital) and appeals.

    You will ensure ACN’s narrative is consistent across fundraising, marketing, and communication endeavours, fostering collaboration towards common objectives of revenue growth, outreach expansion, enhanced visibility, and benefactor base enlargement.

    You will also guide the creation of multi-year fundraising forecasts, providing a roadmap for sustainable financial planning and resource allocation, while at the same time ensuring sufficient financial resources for the team to fulfil its key performance indicators.

    The role is full-time role based in Penrith with some flexibility to work from home.

    About You

    Your demonstrated experience in direct marketing, major gift fundraising and regular giving in a similar environment is key to this role.

    Specifically, as the ideal candidate for this role, you will meet the following Key Requirements:

    • A demonstrated commitment to the work of ACN and the teachings of the Catholic Church
    • Experience in direct marketing, major gift fundraising and regular giving
    • Experience designing and implementing data driven fundraising strategies
    • Experience leading fundraising programs that include a range of revenue streams
    • An ability to inspire, nurture and enhance high performing teams
    • Sound ability to manage stakeholder relations and an ability to build relationships
    • Exceptional communication skills both written and verbal
    • Experience managing budgets to achieve measurable income and performance goals 


    What's on offer?

    • The opportunity to work for a mission-focussed organisation that strives to make a difference in the lives of others
    • An attractive remuneration is being offered with option to salary package, which can increase your take-home pay
    • Relocation assistance will be provided if appropriate
    • Onsite parking and walkable distance to trains and Westfield shopping centre
    • Positive and faith-filled work environment
    • Flexible work environment and genuine work/life balance
    • Staff social events
  • Diocesan Outreach Assistant (part-time)

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    POSITION: Diocesan Outreach Assistant (part-time) 

    Sydney, Broken Bay & Perth

    Reporting to: National Outreach Coordinator


    Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Pontifical Foundation dedicated to the persecuted and suffering Church. Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees, ACN is the only international Catholic organisation today that focuses on the pastoral and spiritual support of suffering Christians. Through the offerings of over 350,000 benefactors worldwide, ACN supports over 5000 projects across 140 countries each year. ACN Australia began in 1965 and is one of 23 national offices which seeks to raise awareness and financial support for this work. The National office of ACN Australia is based in Sydney NSW.


    Main Purpose: 

    Through parish presentation  in their local area the primary tasks of the Diocesan Outreach Assistant are:

    • To raise awareness of the suffering and persecuted Church by sharing the stories of our brothers and sisters who suffer or are persecuted for their faith. The DOA will encourage parishioners to sign-up to receive the ACN Newsletter.
    • To invite parishioners to pray for the persecuted and suffering Church.
    • To inspire parishioners to take action to support the suffering Church and to join ACN in its journey to keep the faith alive.

    The Role: 

    The Diocesan Outreach Assistant role is a part time position which consists of delivering 15 weekends of parish presentations over the course of a year as well as attending two in-person training weekends (Dec and July) and two online meetings per month. The role also requires the capacity to undertake administrative work pertaining to booking presentations in parishes e.g. phone calls, emails, etc.

    The time is spread over days, weekends and evenings as required. The Diocesan Outreach Assistant will be engaged with a 12-month contract with the opportunity to further renewal. The role is undertaken from home with local travel as required.

    Presentations are arranged by the Diocesan Outreach Assistant in advance directly with the parish and take place during the weekend Masses. Following each Mass, the Diocesan Outreach Assistant encourages people to sign up for more information and sells religious items in support of ACN.

    All Diocesan Outreach Assistants are given formation, training, and ongoing support around the mission of ACN, the stories of the suffering Church and the specifics around the tasks of the role.

    Key Responsibilities include:

    • Contact parishes in the designated Diocese or area to arrange a presentation, a list of parishes will be provided.
    • Delivery of parish presentations during the weekend Masses. This involves travel to the location, setting up of banners, an information table and placing brochures on church pews.
    • The sale of books and religious items at the end of each Mass.
    • Encourage parishioners to sign up to receive ACN’s newsletters.
    • After each weekend of presentations, the Diocesan Outreach Assistant is required to complete some administrative forms.
    • Phone calls to those who have signed up to thank them and confirm their contact details. 
    • Monthly online team meetings and individual check in meetings, as well as in person team meetings twice a year in Sydney.

    About the candidate:

    • A committed and active Catholic with a knowledge and understanding of their faith
    • An understanding of the mission and work of Aid to the Church Need
    • A good communicator and a confident public speaker
    • Physically able to cope with travel, carrying items and setting up of the information table etc
    • Confident in the general use of the internet, email, Word, and Excel etc
    • A  current driver’s licence, and a willingness to travel within the designated area
    • Friendly, respectful, and professional in manner and in approach
    •  All new appointments are subject to a satisfactory Working with Children Check
    • Able to relate to people at all levels including parish priests and parish staff
    •  Ability to work under pressure and manage competing demands and priorities
    • Able to be work independently and be self-motivated