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Development Manager

Job details

Sydney Writers’ Festival
18 Sep 2020
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Literature & Publishing, Management & Admin


Sydney Writers’ Festival is one of the world’s leading and most beloved literary institutions. It is a place for readers, writers and thinkers to share ideas, tell stories and celebrate literature.

 Since our first Festival in 1997, we have brought thousands of diverse writers and thinkers from Australia and around the globe together in Sydney. In the company of the world’s best novelists, poets, journalists, public intellectuals, economists, politicians, podcasters and scientists, we’ve discussed some of the most pressing issues of our times. We’ve celebrated prize-winning authors, long-awaited novels from writers at the height of their careers, and introduced debut authors to eager and enthusiastic new audiences.

Readers and writers have exchanged thoughts and opinions, perspectives and philosophies, creating a powerful community based on radical dialogue and respectful debate. The drumbeat of questioning that thrums underneath the Festival is powerful and enlivens Australia’s democratic tradition. 

As a result of the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Festival is being reimagined in 2021 and we are seeking a creative and passionate team member to help us engage and deliver benefits to our most valued supporters.

About this role

 The Development Manager is a key member of the core year-round Festival staff of eleven, working closely with the Head of Development to secure individual and corporate support for the Festival. 

The role is a two-year fulltime contract with the opportunity to renew.


Working closely with the Head of Development the Development Manager will be responsible for:

  • Delivering contracted benefits to cash and in-kind sponsors of SWF;
  • Managing relationships with existing cash and in-kind sponsors of SWF, including working with the Head of Development and the Chair of the Fundraising Committee on renewal of these relationships;
  • Handling the administrative requirements of SWF’s Individual Giving Program;
  • Following up on potential leads introduced by the SWF Board and Fundraising Committee and identifying prospective leads across all SWF projects and events;
  • Working with the Head of Development to monitor and achieve budget targets;
  • Executing the logistics for SWF fundraising events
  • Selling paid advertising in the Festival’s Program Guide to media partners;
  • Supporting the Head of Development with:

-       Foundation relationships, timelines and reporting

-       The bequest program

-       Other reasonable tasks that may occur from time to time;

  • Providing admin support to the Head of Development, including scheduling and minuting quarterly Fundraising Committee meetings;
  • Attending relevant workshops and training exercises, as required;
  • Keeping abreast of key issues in the arts and publishing industries;
  • Organising, prioritising and managing own workload to deadlines; and
  • Reflecting a cooperative and collaborative approach within a small team, which may include some out of hours work.

 Selection Criteria

 3 + years of experience in working in a high-performance fundraising team (preferred) or managing professional relationships with stakeholders;

  • Passion for books and reading;
  • Creative thinker and clear communicator with the ability to negotiate mutually beneficial partnerships; and
  • Demonstrable attention to detail.



How to apply


 Applications should be addressed to Kylie Anania, Head of Development, and must include:

  • An outline of your interest in the role, addressing how your experience prepares you for the responsibilities required and how you align with the selection criteria;
  • A current CV, including the contact details of two professional referees.

Applications should be sent to and must be received by 6pm on Friday 18 September. 

Written by

Julia Barnes

6 Sep 2020