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Fundraising Income Advisory Group Member


POSITION: Fundraising Income Advisory Group Member

LOCATION: Office located inner city Melbourne, online meetings


TERM: 2-year term

About Penington Institute

At Penington Institute, we believe in approaching drug use in a considerate and practical way to make individuals and families safer and healthier. 

Frank and fiercely independent, we connect lived experience with research to improve the management of drugs – including alcohol and pharmaceuticals – through community engagement and knowledge sharing.

Our default as a society has been to pour scorn on those who use drugs and judge them harshly by seeing their problems as self-inflicted. But human beings are complex, and so is this issue.

Judging is easy. Helping is more of a challenge. Help us rise to the challenge by joining our team.

The role

We are looking for new members to join our Fundraising Income Advisory Group (FIAG), a newly established subcommittee of the Board of Directors of Penington Institute.

The FIAG provides guidance and support to the Penington Institute team in relation to fundraising and income diversification and offers sound advice to the Board of Directors on fundraising strategies and initiatives for consideration and adoption.

This volunteer position is best suited to experienced and dedicated fundraising leaders who can offer their expertise and advice to help Penington Institute grow a sustainable stream of funding to support our highly important work in a complex public health field.


  • The FIAG will meet at least four times annually or more frequently as required.
  • Meeting duration is generally 1 hour.
  • FIAG members may offer to contribute additional time and support to Penington Institute team members for specific projects as agreed.

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Several years of executive level fundraising and partnership management leadership experience.
  • Outstanding leadership and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • High net worth individual or major donor fundraising
    • Philanthropic funding
    • Government funding
    • Corporate partnerships and sponsorships
  • Prior governance experience is desirable, but not essential.
  • Knowledge of the drug use/health or mental health sector landscape (or similar space) a plus, but not essential.

How to Apply

  • To apply please email your resume and cover letter outlining your skills, experience and why you want to work with Penington Institute to:
  • Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and referee checks.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

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