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Chief Development Officer

Engineers Without Borders Australia |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: VIC
Sub location(s): North Melbourne
  • Join an international development organisation during an exciting stage of growth

  • Apply your deep philanthropy, business development, marketing and customer experience skills to level-up our work

  • Take the lead in key strategic development areas


About EWB

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a for-purpose organisation with a national office and staff team located in Melbourne, in-country offices in Vanuatu, Timor-Leste and Cambodia, and 20+ Chapters located across Australia. Established in Australia in 2003, EWB works across three major focus areas: 

  1. Engineering: Developing technology to alleviate poverty and accelerate inclusive sustainable development in Australia and overseas;
  2. Education: Redefining engineering as a profession providing stewardship and leadership for a more equitable and sustainable world and;
  3. Influence: Inspiring and mobilising a global community who believe in a world where technology benefits all.

At EWB, we strongly believe that every engineer can be a change agent for a socially just and sustainable world. This belief drives EWB to lead a movement of like-minded individuals and companies working together to ensure technology is developed to make the world a better place for all. 

Role summary and key responsibilities

Purpose: People know EWB, believe in what we do, are compelled to contribute and have a positive experience when doing so.


This role leads the strategic growth of EWB with a strong focus on relationship-based philanthropy, overseeing EWB’s brand evolution, marketing, business development and fundraising, and customer experience. It has a key role in positioning the organisation for an exciting and strategic phase of growth.

Leading the development, dissemination and implementation of business development and marketing strategies, this role ensures that all initiatives align with and support the organisation’s strategic priorities and donor obligations. Maximising income generating opportunities for EWB is a key focus, delivered via existing initiatives and developing new ones that will build donor engagement, network awareness, corporate partnerships, supporter participation and brand awareness, in order to meet (and exceed) budgets.

The role also embodies a passion for brand building, ensuring that our message is clear, and people are compelled to be part of EWB’s journey – evidenced by volunteering, partnering and giving to EWB. The role supports EWB’s staff, members and volunteers to be brand ambassadors for EWB Australia; to build their capacity to compellingly articulate the impact of our programs and to produce authentic, relevant and meaningful content.

Reporting to the CEO, the position leads a small team. As part of the EWB Senior Leadership Team, the role plays an important part in supporting internal messaging and ensuring the overall cultural, financial and operational health of the organisation.

Key responsibilities will include: 

    • Business development and fundraising: Develop, innovate and deliver income-generating initiatives across multiple streams including (but not limited to) fundraising appeals, industry partnerships/ sponsorships, grants, and regular,  individual and institutional giving
  • Philanthropic and donor engagement: Build authentic relationships with major donors that compel them to support EWB’s mission
  • Brand and marketing: Conduct a brand review and develop a refreshed brand strategy; develop and lead a multi-channel integrated marketing and fundraising strategy to increase brand and cause awareness, aligning with the business growth strategy
  • Customer experience: Support the design and implementation of an enhanced customer experience strategy that drives attraction, engagement, retention and growth of new donors and volunteers
  • Leadership: Provide clear direction and exceptional leadership of your team, ensuring they are motivated, professional and possesses the skills and resources required to execute their role; work with key stakeholders across the organisation to build capacity in business development; contribute insights and strategic thinking to the Senior Leadership Team; work with the EWB Board and the EWB Board Strategy and Nominations Committee to unlock business development opportunities.

Selection Criteria

We will require you to have: 

  • Tertiary qualification in Philanthropy, Business, Commerce or Marketing, or similar experience
  • Significant experience leading a marketing and fundraising team; experience in business development and customer experience design also highly regarded
  • Exceptional stakeholder and relationship management skills with a proven ability to build positive relationships with a range of donors and key stakeholders
  • Strong business finance acumen, with experience planning, budgeting, and coordinating successful projects, programs, and campaigns


And demonstrated success in and/or proven knowledge in: 

  • Developing and implementing a targeted brand, marketing and fundraising strategy
  • Delivering significant income generating outcomes
  • Proactively managing and positively influencing diverse stakeholder groups
  • Coordinating multiple projects simultaneously to produce tangible work, and doing so under pressure
  • International and community development principles, terminology, trends, and best practice communications approaches 


This role will require you to:

  • Have a keen eye for detail and an energetic, action-learning mindset
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with a creative, solutions focused approach
  • Be confident working in a highly collaborative and fast-paced and iterative environment
  • Contribute learning, ideas, feedback, and knowledge across the EWB’s team and a network of partners
  • Proactively engage with a wide range of stakeholders and appropriately identify and respond to opportunities and challenges presented
  • Find inspiration in the potential of the EWB’s vision, strategy, values and our programs
  • Consistently seek opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of EWB’s processes.



Some interstate and overseas travel may be required.

Flexible working arrangements

You will have access to flexible working arrangements. We encourage a culture of flexibility and enable conversation between yourself and your manager about maintaining work-life balance.

Hybrid and Remote work

The Melbourne office is a hybrid workplace with staff working both in the office and from home each week.  We also have team members located remotely.  It is important to us that all staff feel part of the team and we are set up to ensure this works.


You will have access to 20 days of paid annual leave (pro-rated for part-time employees). You are also entitled to personal/carer’s leave, professional development leave, 3 months paid parental leave for all new parents, long service leave, cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and bereavement/Sorry Business leave.

Employee Assistance Program 

In case you need help with personal, family or employment related matters you and your family will have access to free external, professional and confidential counselling assistance. 

Learning and Development

Our approach to learning and development will enable you to have the information, skills, and knowledge needed to do your job and to grow in your position. We build the capacity of our people and support you with on-the job experience, coaching and in-house training.

Salary Packaging 

You will be eligible to salary-package, resulting in an increase to your monthly take-home pay. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows us to reimburse you for your personal expenses without having to pay any income or fringe benefits tax that would normally be payable. These tax concessions are in addition to the income tax free threshold. The amount you are returned each month will depend on your circumstances including HECs contribution, with potential up to $15,000 a year.

Engineers Without Borders Australia:

  • Actively encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to 
  • Celebrates diversity and supports an inclusive work place.  Please contact us to discuss any personal assistance required to complete this application.
  • Can only support the applications of Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, or those with existing working rights in Australia.  

EWB adheres to statutory laws in Australia and foreign countries regarding child exploitation, child pornography and the abuse of children. We are committed to the protection of children from all forms of harm. You will be required to sign a Child Protection Code of Conduct and provide a Working with Children’s Check and a Federal Police check prior to commencement.

EWB Australia upholds the right of all people to live a life free from sexual violence, exploitation, and harassment regardless of their gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or nationality. EWB has zero-tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH) of any kind. We recognise that some individuals within communities may be more vulnerable to SEAH, including; children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment that safeguards all the people we work with, and the communities we work for.


Closing Date: Apr 11, 2023