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POSITION: Development Manager, Canberra (ACT)

Danny Chifley, 12th October 2020
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Radio 1RPH informs and entertains listeners across the Canberra, Wagga Wagga and Junee regions by turning print into sound. 

Radio 1RPH is a member of RPH Australia and a participating station in the National RPH network, one of the largest in Australia, reaching 80% of the population.

The Development Manager is responsible for the business development of the station. The focus is on improving the station’s long-term sustainability by developing a fund-raising strategy with outcomes to include increased revenue through grants, bequests, fundraising events, and campaigns and mutual collaborations with like-minded businesses and organisations.

  • 17.5-22.5 hours a week ($25-$30 an hour or $23,000- $30,000 per annum.)
  • Willing to work flexible hours.
  • This is a six month contract with renewal depending on available funding.

General duties
The Development Manager will work with the Committee, technical and program coordinators and volunteers on the following in terms of priorities and time available;

  • Manage the current operations of the station while promoting innovation and automation through cooperation with the Committee, Technical, Program teams and volunteers
  • Develop and implement a proactive fundraising strategy including new grant submissions and revenue-raising strategies;
  • Develop and monitor successful submissions and partnerships for projects in collaboration with the technical and program teams and volunteers;
  • Provide regular input to Committee meetings;
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and clients including sponsors, donors, members of the public and community radio counterparts
  • Other duties as required and by agreement.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience of working effectively in a volunteer-based community organization, particularly in an outward facing role;
  • Strong IT skills with problem solving abilities
  • Strong networking and people skills, including with volunteers, members, sponsors and funding organisations;
  • Demonstrated project management skills in a small team and ability to engage with staff and volunteers;
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and fundraising;
  • Excellent written, oral and personal communication skills, ability to meet deadlines and work effectively with a volunteer community;
  • Self-motivated and ability to work with minimal supervision in a small team;
  • Willingness to work flexible attendance hours aimed at complementing other staff and volunteers.

Contact: President Sandra Purser: President@radio1rph.org.au

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