Manager, International Philanthropic Grants

Manager, International Philanthropic Grants

Application closing date: 
Tue, 13/04/2021 - 5:00pm

 An opportunity is available for a Manager, International Philanthropic Grants to join the Fundraising & Philanthropy department at Australia’s pre-eminent biomedical research institute.

WEHI – Brighter together

WEHI is where the world’s brightest minds collaborate and innovate to make discoveries that will help us to live healthier for longer. Our medical researchers have been serving the community for more than 100 years. We bring together people with different skills and experience who are committed to long-term discovery. Our teams of researchers are committed to solving the most complex health problems, making transformative discoveries for cancer, infectious and immune diseases, developmental disorders and healthy ageing.

WEHI is a place where people are able to shine. People who are inquisitive, who are committed, who are passionate. People who want to make a difference. And we are committed to ensuring they have the tools to flourish, personally and professionally.

We are a community of researchers, students and professional service staff who work towards achieving discoveries that improve human health. We are driven by collaboration, curiosity and creativity. We are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world. We are WEHI. We are brighter together.

About the position

The Fundraising and Philanthropy Department contributes to the financial sustainability of the Institute by attracting revenue from non-government sources, including philanthropic individuals, trusts and foundations, community-based fundraising organisations and bequests. Philanthropic funding helps the Institute to remain at the forefront of research and technology, to recruit and retain the brightest minds from across the globe and creates a buffer against adverse changes in government funding.

The Trusts and Foundations (T&F) team is responsible for raising sustained and substantial income to the institute through successful grant applications to philanthropic trusts, foundations and private ancillary funds, both nationally, and internationally.

In this newly created role, the Manager, International Grants will secure gifts from charitable trusts and foundations and make a significant contribution to growing WEHl's network of global donors. This will include stewardship of existing international supporters and building new and successful, long-lasting and impactful relationships with trustees, boards and high net worth individuals across the globe.

Working with WEHl's researchers you will provide strategic assistance and advice in relation to specific funding guidelines and requirements, administrative support and assistance with grant applications and report writing. Along with the development and building of the International Philanthropic Grants program you will provide consultation and advice on program related activities to Professional Services Teams working on other revenue related activities, in particular, the Research Grants Office. In addition, this role will actively contribute to Fundraising and Philanthropy team activities to enhance the overall success of fundraising for WEHI.

Selection Criteria


  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline and subsequent relevant experience (health or science sector experience highly desirable).
  • Evidence of well-developed written communication skills, which will enable the appointee to translate often heavily scientific materials into compelling, donor-centric communications, such as progress/acquittal reports, funding applications and correspondence related to grant administration.
  • Ability to interpret, dissect and analyse complex written material such as scientific and health information, grant guidelines and application forms.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to converse sensitively and respectfully with internal and external stakeholders, including high profile individuals.
  • Highly developed planning and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise multiple projects, work within time frames and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in writing grant applications.
  • Proficient use of the MS Office product suite, with an emphasis on Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • A commitment to the values and behaviours at WEHI.

Highly desirable

  • Expert knowledge of international grant funding programs and funding rules, with specific knowledge in relation to the USA, UK and other countries.
  • Experience using donor management/customer relationship databases (Raiser's Edge preferred).
  • Demonstrated experience in building relationships across geographic and cultural boundaries.
  • Knowledge of research enterprise would be highly regarded.
  • Sound knowledge of (or willingness to learn), the practices and the philosophy of charitable giving and fundraising legislation.

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 2 years in a full time capacity. Salary is HEW 8 ($102,193 - $110,611). Up to 17% superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options are available.

General enquiries can be directed to

A position description is available here.

How to apply

Please email your application including cover letter, CV and a letter addressing the key selection criteria in pdf format to, quoting reference WEHI/DAJT090321 in the subject line.

Application closing date: 13 April 2021

Institute Life

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs. We have implemented a number of gender equity initiatives to support women laboratory heads.