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Fundraising Assistant


Career Description

We’re Little Dreamers, Australia’s leading non-profit organisation working with Young Carers around the country. 

A Young Carer is anyone under the age of 25 who currently provides, or intends to provide, care in their family for a parent or sibling who has a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or addiction.

Founded in 2009 by a Young Carer, we love building and delivering high quality programs that create deep and meaningful impact in the lives of young people providing care in their families. And we’re pretty good at it too. 

To date, we have supported over 5,000 Young Carers, we deliver eight core programs alongside ad hoc supports, advocacy and community awareness campaigns. We have strong corporate partnership and funding relationships and have raised over $5 million to improve the quality of life for Young Carers around Australia. 

We have even received recognition from Queen Elizabeth II and have been named as an internationally best practice organisation for Young Carer support.

Our team is made up of 50 incredible humans working across VIC, NSW, QLD. We are humble, hungry, kind and work hard to reach our goals. We believe in a world where every single Young Carer is supported by someone or something by 2030. Sounds fun right?!

By joining the Dream Team, you will play an integral part in supporting young people who often miss out on having a childhood.

About the role

The Fundraising Assistant plays a vital role in supporting the CEO by researching grant opportunities, preparing donor engagement materials, monitoring grant reporting timelines, and staying abreast of philanthropic trends. 

This entry-level position is perfect for an organised, proactive individual with a passion for Little Dreamers and Young Carers and a keen interest in fundraising and development work.

Core Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

Funding and Grants:

  • Conduct regular and thorough research to identify potential grant opportunities that align with the organisation’s mission and funding needs.
  • Monitor and track all funding reporting deadlines. 
  • Collaborate with team members to gather necessary information and ensure reports are completed and submitted on time.

Donor Engagement:

  • Assist in preparing and updating donor engagement materials, ensuring they reflect the organisation’s latest milestones and achievements.
  • Research potential donors, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, to identify alignment with our mission and potential for engagement.
  • Prepare detailed meeting notes and briefs for the CEO to use in discussions with potential donors or during donor engagement opportunities.
  • Ensure the donor database is regularly updated and donors are contacted for key milestones including donation anniversaries, birthdays, and other significant events.

Monitoring:

  • Keep an eye on media outlets for mentions of Young Carer and related topics. 
  • Follow up on these mentions as directed to enhance engagement and visibility.
  • Stay updated on philanthropic and fundraising trends to help inform the organisation’s strategies and practices.

Community Outreach & Engagement:

  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and partnerships;
  • Represent Little Dreamers in the community; and
  • Support parents and educators to understand Young Carers including who they are, how to identify a Young Carer and what to do next.

Other tasks as required by the CEO.


Key Selection Criteria
  1. Degree in a relevant field (e.g., Communications, Business) or equivalent experience.
  2. Excellent research and organisational skills.
  3. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  5. High level of attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  6. Familiarity with Salesforce CRM software and Microsoft Office.
  7. A genuine interest in the mission of Little Dreamers and a passion for supporting Young Carers.

We’ll be stoked if you also have this experience or knowledge:

  1. Understanding of the carer or Young Carer space
  2. Direct experience working with vulnerable young people
  3. Lived experience as a Young Carer

We’re looking for someone who is committed to being a humble, hungry and kind human, who is friendly, excited by the Little Dreamers purpose and mission, positive, proactive and action-oriented.

Benefits

When you join the Little Dreamers Team, you join a community of people committed to making a difference. We come together with shared values, passion and a collaborative culture. We are a rapidly growing organisation with access to a lot of development opportunities. We operate within a leadership structure that accepts and embraces everyone’s ideas and hard work to create the world that we want to see for Young Carers.  

You also get access to salary sacrifice packaging, an internal EAP program,  up to 10 days of paid carers leave, and generous parental leave packages.

Finally, we care as much about you as we do about our Young Carers. The Little Dreamers team is a family and we offer flexible working and regular team bonding events.

Application Process

Get your Resume and Cover Letter ready and show us how your skills and experiences make you the perfect person to fill this position. None of this “To whom it may concern” stuff – show us what you’ve got!

Email your application (resume and cover letter) to careers@littledreamers.org.au with the subject line: Fundraising Assistant

Shortlisted applicants will be notified and we’ll begin the interview process which may consist of a phone chat, a quick video submission from you, and then probably some more traditional interviews (they’ll be fun, don’t you worry).

Classification

This position is classified as a Level 3, permanent part time (22.8 hours per week) employee under the Social Community Home Care and Disability Industry Award 2010 (MA000100).

The Little Dreamers team lives, works and plays on Aboriginal land. Our HQ is located on the land of the Woi Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and we share our respect to elders past, present and emerging leaders. To learn more about Wurundjeri history, head to www.wurundjeri.com.au.

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