Head of Philanthropy

Marketing & Engagement · Auckland, Auckland
Department Marketing & Engagement
Employment Type Full-Time

An exciting opportunity exists for a Head of Philanthropy to join New Zealand's largest international humanitarian organisation - World Vision. Employing 80 staff and a large volunteer base, last year alone, we helped 2.9 million children across 23 countries around the world.


Inspired by Christian values, we work to engage New Zealanders in the fight against global poverty and injustice. Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness, our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.


The Head of Philanthropy is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the teams within this department. This role will further develop the Philanthropy strategy and also inspire and empower the team to deliver. In doing so you will help improve the lives of millions of vulnerable children around the world – what more motivation would you need?!


If that wasn't enough, you'll need to embrace and help champion our values and identity of World Vision, influence and engage, and be a proactive member of the Marketing and Engagement leadership team. If you think you can do all that, then we need to hear from you!

Responsibilities are outlined on the job description; here is a summary.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Engage and motivate a capable and experienced team of dedicated managers
  • Provide strategic direction and growth plans to all key Philanthropy teams; Major Donors, Middle Donors and Gifts in Wills
  • Manage processes and systems to encourage measurability, continuous improvement and growth
  • Develop, agree, and deliver on an annual income budget and monthly targets with the Director of Marketing and Engagement
  • Build and develop a high performing and focused team that achieves results
  • Work with other departments to ensure the best experience, reporting, and engagement for our amazing Donors


What we're looking for:


  • Significant leadership experience, ideally in a major gift fundraising or alternatively key account sales.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management and negotiation skills – for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience and knowledge of the NGO sector, preference given to International Development
  • Proven experience in creating new strategies and sales growth.
  • Commercial nous and Fundraising knowledge, especially in Major and Mid Donor, and Bequest areas.
  • Authentic leadership that inspires, manages, motivates, and focuses a Donor-centric team.
  • Strong experience on systems, reporting, processes, and follow-through.
  • Proven networker and public speaker who can influence and demonstrate by example how to solicit high value gifts.
  • Personal values strongly aligned with World Vision’s. A heart for World Vision’s work.
  • A relevant degree-level qualification.


This role is an exciting opportunity to help make a difference in vulnerable children's lives around the world. World Vision is committed to developing its people at all levels and to be an employer of choice within the charity sector and the international community for vulnerable children.


Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.


For a copy of the position description, please email Karyn.Norton@worldvision.org.nz


Our vision for every child, life in all it’s fullness;


Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.

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  • Location
    Auckland, Auckland
  • Department
    Marketing & Engagement
  • Employment Type