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Philanthropy Coordinator
  • Permanent part time – three or four days per week
  • Flexible work & hybrid arrangements available, talk to us about what suits you!
  • Work with a dedicated and engaged team.

At Very Special Kids, we believe that all children and young people have the right to quality of life, no matter how long or short their life may be.  We provide holistic palliative care for children with a life-limiting condition and their families.  Our multidisciplinary approach includes counselling, sibling support, bereavement support and community activities, as well as respite and end of life care at Victoria’s only children’s hospice.

Every member of our team plays a vital role in the delivery of essential services to support the physical, mental and emotional needs of the children and families in our care, so they are always supported in the way they need it most – through life, death and bereavement.

Reporting to the Philanthropy Manager, we have a rewarding opportunity for a Philanthropy Coordinator to join us in a pivotal year of change.  You will be responsible for the stewardship, cultivation, and development of a valuable pipeline of prospects and qualified donors including Mid/Major Donors, Philanthropic Trusts and Foundations and Private Ancillary Funds.

Through your team’s success you will help raise funds to support children with life-limiting conditions and their families, increase awareness of the Very Special Kids purpose and services, as well as increase consumer and stakeholder engagement.

To be a success, you will bring:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Experience and passion for engaging with donors.
  • Experience developing and maintaining productive and meaningful relationships with stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that motivate, mentor and lead others.
  • Strong understanding of the philanthropic grants-making sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective proposals and grant submissions according to trust and foundation requirements.
  • CRM database experience, preferably Salesforce
  • Efficient time and task management skills to be able to execute donor stewardship journeys and identify and pursue new and existing funding opportunities.
  • An active team player, contributing to the broader activities and functions of the Fundraising and Communications Team and the wider organisation.
  • Energy and passion for connecting prospective supporters with the work of Very Special Kids; A compassionate and socially minded individual who understands and respects the purpose and vision of Very Special Kids and the challenges associated with working within the not-for-profit sector.
  • Short courses in fundraising will be considered favourably but are not essential.
  • Prior experience in the not-for-profit or health sector is desirable but not essential.

Very Special Kids nurtures and fosters a culture of care internally as well as for our families, so that our team of circa 100 staff and over 900 volunteers are empowered, supported and safe through the process of helping and caring for families.  We offer employees a unique and rewarding environment including a highly engaged and supportive team, the opportunity to connect with a very special cause, full NFP salary packaging, flexible/hybrid working (yes – all of our staff can truly live and breathe flexibility), a beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, and targeted individual development plans.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply in writing by Wednesday 31 August. Please include a cover letter, addressing the key selection criteria and an updated copy of your resume.  Applications can be emailed to jobs@vsk.org.au.  Please note, cover letters are required as part of our selection process  and early applications are encouraged as interviews will commence immediately rather than waiting until the closing date.

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children, Police Record Checks and evidence of vaccination against COVID-19.

Registered Nurse and Endorsed Enrolled Nurses
  • Varied flexible arrangements available
  • Rewarding paediatric nursing role in Victoria’s only children’s hospice
  • Full and part time positions available (minimum 0.4 EFT)

Be more than a nurse at Very Special Kids – be you!

Are you looking to refresh in 2022? To step away from the frontline post the COVID-19 Pandemic? Ready for a work-life reset?

We currently have an exciting opportunity for full and part time Registered Nurses to join our team. If you are passionate about caring for children and are seeking more purpose, fulfilment, and connection in your everyday work – Very Special Kids might be your perfect fit?

At Very Special Kids, we nurture and foster a culture where our team is empowered, supported and safe through the process of caring for children and families. As part of our diverse, expert team you will have access to education and training to enhance your personal and professional development; expert specialist resources; and the well-being support you need to make a bigger impact in the lives of children and their families.

The role will be located at our temporary hospice at Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton until  our new state-of-the-art hospice facility (including hydro-therapy pool) is completed in early 2023. Once completed, you will enjoy one of Melbourne’s most unique purpose-built workplaces, while you work side by side with our favourite team member – Jaffa our Therapy Dog.

About Very Special Kids:

At Very Special Kids, we believe that all children and young people have the right to a quality of life, no matter how long or short their life may be. We are a highly respected organisation with circa 100 employees and over 950 volunteers who provide essential, free-of-charge, palliative care services for children and young people living with a life-liming condition.  Very Special Kids provides specialist services for the whole family, including counselling, peer support, bereavement support and respite or end of life care at Victoria’s only hospice for children and young people.

Working in our hospice, the Registered Nurse is responsible for:

  • Ensuring all clinical nursing practice and delivery of care of the shift is consistent with Very Special Kids and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Standards, NSQHS Standards and accepts responsibility for professional activities that support service delivery and the professional development of self and others.
  • Providing comprehensive, safe, evidence-based practice to facilitate optimal care; performing self-assessment of scope of practice and competence related to assigned responsibilities.
  • Provision of high-quality care to the children and families accessing Very Special Kids Hospice is demonstrated.
  • Works effectively as a hands-on part of a skilled, creative, professional, and compassionate team.

Our preference is that you will be a Registered Nurse with at least 2 + years post-graduation Registered Nursing experience, however if you have less experience but have a passion for providing holistic, family centred care we welcome your application.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives, and targeted individual development plans.  Note, the role will be based at Monash Children’s Hospital during the rebuild of the hospice due to be completed early 2023.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description on our website here .

Please apply in writing, including a cover letter, addressing the key selection criteria and an updated copy of your resume via jobs@vsk.org.au.  We will review applications as they are received.

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children, Police Record Checks and evidence of vaccination against COVID-19.