We’re Hiring: Giving Circle Manager

Giving Circle Manager

Reports to: Strategic Director

Location: East coast capital city, with a preference for Melbourne. The WELA team works remotely from home, within AEST hours

Job Type: Part-time (0.8 FTE) 1yr contract, with potential to extend pending funding

Job Requirements: Occasional (monthly) after-hours work; ability for occasional domestic travel

Salary: $88,000 – $93,000 pro rata, negotiable based on experience

Benefits: Flexible working location, work / life balance, supportive and empowering culture, mentoring opportunities, employee benefits include leave loading of 17.5%

Do you want to contribute to saving the environment, solving climate change and taking on the patriarchy? 

Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) is empowering, supporting and funding women’s leadership for our environment and climate action, to transform Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crises. We’re a small, growing and passionate team taking on some big challenges – and doing it with a good sense of fun and personal sustainability.

We’re looking for an experienced change maker with a creative, entrepreneurial spirit, excellent relationship building skills, and a big vision for impact. You’ll be responsible for developing and launching the WELA Giving Circle to fund a granting program supporting women-led advocacy campaigns and initiatives for our climate and environment. 

You’ll be responsible for coordinating the launch of the Giving Circle, recruiting new members and donors, designing and managing the granting process from end to end, and ensuring ongoing engagement and growth of the membership. Your responsibilities will extend across partner engagement and relationship management, membership growth and engagement, management of the granting program, communications, event management, volunteer management, and whatever else is required to make the Giving Circle a success. 

The role will be working closely and reporting to the Strategic Director, and supported by our Communications Manager, a fundraising copywriter and key partner organisations, as well as a clear organisational strategy, and strong team culture. 

You’ll join a small but growing team, including the Strategic Director, Administrator, Leadership Programs Producer, Communications Manager, our Program facilitators and an active Board. We embody a vibrant and caring energy where we know what we’re doing, but we certainly don’t have all the answers. Learning, reflecting and balancing risks informs our passion and drive.

The WELA team, 2022.

Image description: WELA team, Sherry-Rose, Sue, Victoria, Libby, Louise and Asmaa


  • Lead the development and implementation of the WELA Giving Circle
  • Coordinate the launch of the Giving Circle with a public event (before the end of the calendar year)
  • Lead recruitment of Giving Circle members
  • Manage ongoing engagement and retention of members
  • Design and manage a granting program to support women-led advocacy campaigns and projects for our environment and climate
  • Develop and deliver events and communications for regular member engagement, with support from the Programs team and Communications Manager 
  • Ensure strong links between the Giving Circle membership and broader WELA community 
  • Establish and manage key partnership to support the Giving Circle, such as a fund management partner, event partners, and corporate partners
  • Engage and manage external consultants as needed
  • Monitor and evaluate the success of the project and provide regular reporting as required
  • Ensure administration and logistics for the project are smooth and well managed

As a small team, we support each other in our work so you’ll regularly be expected to jump in and help out whenever and however needed. Likewise, you can count on the support of the team however you need it.

As a small team, we support each other in our work so you’ll regularly be expected to jump in and help out wherever needed. Likewise, you can count on the support of the team however you need it.


You’re passionate about our environment, and the important role of women’s leadership in creating a genuinely sustainable future in which people and the planet thrive. 

You love the power of people to create change, and are experienced in developing and managing campaigns or projects that activate and engage communities for our environment and climate. You’re excited about the potential of people to have impact with their giving, and are experienced with creating and managing positive donor relationships. You know how to create engaging events and activities that inspire people with shared values and diverse experiences, including supporters, donors and other stakeholders. 

You’re creative, and show initiative in the way you spot opportunities and make things happen. You have excellent communication skills, written and verbal, and your interpersonal skills are second to none. You are an experienced project manager, have a keen eye for detail, and a commitment to good process for project management and delivery. 

You don’t mind getting your hands dirty, and you’ll do what it takes to get the outcome needed – from developing grant cycle timelines and accountabilities, through to leading and hosting a major event for hundreds of people. You love being part of a small team, but are confident working independently.

WELA is committed to creating a diverse and thriving community of women and gender diverse people for our environment and climate action. People from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, communities of colour, or culturally and linguistically diverse communities are encouraged to apply.


  • Demonstrated commitment to our environment and / or women’s leadership
  • At least three years in a similar strategic senior engagement and activation role within an NGO, social justice organisation or for-purpose business
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing new donor relationships
  • Excellent project management skills, and an ability to manage across competing tasks and priorities while maintaining clear communication
  • Excellent people and relationship management skills, and experience working with a variety of stakeholders including volunteers, funders and partners
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal communication using a variety of formats
  • Familiarity with relevant digital tools such as Google Suite, CRM tools, social media platforms
  • Ability to work quickly and under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a small team to deliver quality outcomes
  • Ability to work independently, manage projects and deliver work on time with limited supervision as part of a small dynamic team


  • Experience developing or supporting fundraising communication, such as for major donors, regular givers or annual appeals


Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) is empowering, supporting, funding and diversifying women’s and gender diverse leadership for our environment and climate action, in order to transform Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crises. 

Overwhelmingly, our existing political, business and societal leadership has failed to adequately address the climate and environmental crises at hand. It’s time for a leadership change. Put simply, we will not get out of this by relying on the same leadership that got us into it. The evidence is clear – more women in decision making roles equals better environmental outcomes. We need more of it. 

We’re a small and empowering team, with a big vision for change. We work hard, but have a healthy commitment to work/life balance, and enable the flexibility to support this. We practice what we preach – we have a unique workplace culture that values innovation, relationships and diverse leadership styles. We support one another to grow, develop, and bring joy and creativity to our work each day. Come as you are, and be open to growth. The position will remain open until filled, and we will interview suitable applicants as they arise. To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria to info@wela.org.au. For a brief discussion about the position, please contact WELA Strategic Director Victoria McKenzie-McHarg at victoria@wela.org.au, and include your phone number.