Job Title: Development Researcher – Philanthropy

Reports to: Director of Development 

Location of Job: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide or Perth

Appointment type: Full-time or 4 days/30 hours per week


Musica Viva Australia’s Purpose

Musica Viva Australia exists to create and support a vibrant chamber music sector which is accessible to people of all backgrounds across Australia.

Musica Viva Australia’s Mission

To enrich communities across Australia by making live chamber music accessible to everyone.

Musica Viva Australia’s Vision

An Australia where chamber music thrives and where people of all ages, cultures and communities have access to, and learn to appreciate, the vital role of music in building a stronger, more creative world.



Philanthropy (including Planned Giving)

  • Conduct research into potential philanthropic donor prospects; developing and managing the philanthropic prospect research process to generate major leads;
  • Conduct research into potential bequest prospects; developing and managing the bequest prospect research process to generate major leads;
  • Act as the key focal point for donor research at MVA;
  • Synthesise research to develop profiles, briefs and actionable recommendations to key stakeholders such as the CEO and Leadership Team, and State Managers;
  • Assist the Development team with drafting and editing proposals, and reporting;
  • Create Major Donor reports as required;
  • Assist the Development team in other ways to drive major donor acquisition at MVA.

Database Management (Tessitura)

  • Create custom reports, lists & extractions, as required;
  • Maintain current knowledge and implement changes with regards to Development stakeholders as required;
  • Assist with basic customer lists and organising customer data updates as required;
  • Support the extraction of data lists for larger campaign specific mailouts and EDMs;
  • Ensure accuracy of all strategic partner records in the Tessitura database, including recording relevant interactions and maintaining accuracy of contact information.


  • Develop relationships with industry stakeholders and advocates and represent MVA in the Arts sector, enhancing perceptions and raising profile, where appropriate;
  • Engage constructively with supporters, subscribers, external agencies, contractors and staff of MVA, contributing to the smooth operation of the organisation and the fulfilment of its mission;
  • Promote the importance of Development & Philanthropy within MVA and the role of all staff in providing excellent experiences for our partners, supporters, and patrons;
  • Assist team members with any other administrative duties as required.

Organisational Responsibilities

  • Maintain healthy work relationships with volunteers and other staff members.
  • Attend meetings as required.
  • Contribute to regular and ongoing quality improvement and funder-required accreditation activities.
  • Participate in professional and performance development activities and remain up-to-date on current knowledge and skills related to the position.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for the health and safety of anyone else who may be affected by your acts or omissions at the workplace.
  • Hold a valid Working with Children Check. MVA will cover the cost of obtaining or renewing the check.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards, confidentiality and cultural awareness when dealing with others.
  • Adhere to workplace policies, procedures, and systems, as amended from time to time, in particular those that address workplace health and safety, anti-discrimination, bullying and harassment and privacy.
  • Contribute to the overall well-being of the organisation and avoid participation in any activity that might be harmful to the good operation, health, or reputation of the organization.
  • In addition to the duties outlined above, the position holder is also required to perform such other duties as may be directed, provided these are within their competency or training, from time to time.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Abilities

  • Tertiary qualifications in arts/entertainment management or related area with a desire to undertake a career in the arts.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with an appreciation of good customer service.
  • Attention to detail, with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Systematic problem solver and researcher – proficiency in collating and analysing information.
  • Process-oriented, efficient and well organised, demonstrating an ability to prioritise workload and triage deadlines.
  • Digitally savvy and comfortable with technology, including the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Teams), email marketing and social media platforms.
  • Ability to undertake occasional out-of-hours work for concerts and events.
  • Well-presented, demonstrating confidence and a passion for the arts,
  • Knowledge of Tessitura or similar donor database/CRM programs.
  • Experience in, and/or an understanding of basic marketing concepts desirable.


To apply:

Send your resume and a letter (maximum 2 pages) introducing yourself and addressing the knowledge, skills, qualifications, and abilities detailed above:

Note: In the subject of the email add the following code DRP24 and your full name. Applications not including this code may not be correctly processed.

For an informal chat about the roles and MVA please contact Zoe Cobden-Jewitt Director of Development by email or Jennifer McCleary People & Culture Manager by email

Musica Viva Australia is a family friendly and flexible employer committed to equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from First Nations people and people from diverse cultural and regional communities.

We welcome applications from people who identify as having a disability. If at any stage of the recruitment process, you require any accommodation due to a disability please let us know.

Applications closing date: Monday 29 January 2024