Reports to: Deputy CEO / Director of Development
Location of job: Melbourne on Wurundjeri Land
Appointment type: Permanent full-time

At Musica Viva Australia we work to create 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.

The role of Senior Development Manager & Victorian State Manager would be a great next step for an experience philanthropy or development professional who would like to take the next career step to incorporate a generalist arts leadership role.

Reporting jointly to the Director of Development and the Deputy CEO and working in close collaboration with the state and national teams, you will provide leadership and drive the process of identifying, securing and servicing key stakeholders as sources of contributed revenue to advance the aims of Musica Viva Australia, both in Victoria and nationally, across all programs.

In this role you will also be responsible for developing and implementing strategies, in conjunction with staff, Committee and volunteers, to strengthen Musica Viva Australia’s presence in Victoria and ensure the smooth operation of Musica Viva Australia public concerts to audiences.

Key Skills and Experience

We are looking for an all-rounder, someone who loves music, music education and is a keen patron of the arts who will enjoy being involved in all areas of our work. Some key skills and experience you’ll need to be successful are: 

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in fundraising/relationship management in the arts and/or not for profit sector
  • Ability to drive strategic plans from ideas to reality
  • Excellent relationship-building skills
  • Ability to engage board and senior management in philanthropy strategies
  • Ability to brief, supervise, motivate and develop junior members of staff
  • 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
  • Team player-friendly, can-do approach to work and life
  • Well-presented, demonstrating confidence and a passion for the arts
  • Knowledge of Tessitura or similar donor database/CRM programs
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to undertake occasional out of hours work for concerts and events
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of the arts scene, classical music and music education in particular

To apply: Send your resume and a one-page letter introducing yourself and addressing the key skills and experience detailed above to

Note: In the subject of the email add the following code SNRDEVVIC21 and your LAST NAME (e.g. SNRDEVVIC21 VICKERS). Applications not correctly titled may not be correctly processed.

Inquiries regarding the role can be made by directly contacting Director People and Culture, Sarah Vickers, by email at

Please include a well-written and appropriately detailed covering letter, as applications lacking appropriate information may not be considered. Please ensure the application is sent straight to our jobs email address with the correct job code quoted in the email subject line. Do not apply via recruitment portals, as your application may not reach us.

Musica Viva 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 close: 6pm Friday 15 October 2021

View the full job description here.