RSPCA Australia – National Partnerships Manager

RSPCA Australia – National Partnerships Manager


  • Full time (part time option), parental leave contract (9-12 months)
  • Based in Canberra
  • Australia’s most well-known and trusted animal welfare organisation

The RSPCA is one of Australia’s most loved and trusted charities.  RSPCA Australia, the federal body of the RSPCA, is seeking an experienced Partnerships Manager to work with our corporate partners and the state/territory RSPCA Societies for up to 12 months.
Our ideal candidate is responsible, proactive, confident, friendly, empathetic, highly organised, able to prioritise and comes with a proven track record of cultivating internal and external relationships. You are also skilled at making “the ask” and motivated to meet KPIs.
You are comfortable building and maintaining relationships and solving problems over the telephone with using email as support.
The National Partnerships Manager nurtures our multiple existing partnerships, generates new income and maximises cost-saving opportunities through the provision of products/services in lieu of payment. The National Partnerships Manager works closely with RSPCA Societies to share information and deliver operative activities as well as ensuring RSPCA Australia meets its obligations as set out in various partnership contracts and capitalises upon new opportunities for funding and products/services.
You will be part of a committed and vibrant team of people who gain personal satisfaction from knowing that they are contributing to preventing cruelty to animals through actively promoting their care and protection. 


Position Title National Partnerships Manager
Reports to Executive Officer
Location RSPCA Australia office, 6 Napier Close Deakin ACT
Contract term Parental leave position for a period of 9-12 months – Full time (part time option)
Package $69,000 to $83,000 (including superannuation)

The National Partnerships Manager’s key responsibilities are focused on generating income for the RSPCA (or cost savings through provision of products/services in lieu of payment), ensuring RSPCA Australia meets its obligations set out in income generating and cost saving contracts, as well as maintaining relationships with corporate and private financial supporters, as well as RSPCA Societies. 


Corporate sponsorships, licensing and merchandising

  1. Assess sponsorship, licensing and merchandising proposals and where appropriate negotiate new contracts
  2. Manage contracts and relationships with national sponsors, licensees (including branded products, endorsements and cause related marketing initiatives) and merchandisers
  3. Deal with public inquiries including complaints about RSPCA Australia sponsorships, endorsements, cause related marketing initiatives and branded products
  4. Liaise with corporate partners regarding advertising opportunities that may be presented to the RSPCA
  5. Liaise with corporate partners and RSPCA member Societies regarding promotional opportunities available via RSPCA owned channels such as events and communications
  6. Respond to organisations that approach RSPCA Australia interested in workplace giving and provide ongoing liaison as required
  7. Manage the use of the RSPCA brand by corporate sponsors, licensees and merchandisers


  1. Monitor performance and provide input to the communications team regarding the website functionality of online donation page(s) including gift cards
  2. Ensuring an appropriate level of response, thanks and ongoing communications to private and corporate one off and regular donors 

Member Societies

  1. Liaise with RSPCA Societies to ensure that corporate commitments are delivered through national events such as Million Paws Walk and Cup Cake Day
  2. Facilitate the sharing of information and on-going communication between RSPCA Societies including through teleconferences and meetings as relevant
  3. Provide the appropriate level of consultation with RSPCA Societies on potential corporate licensing and/or sponsorship opportunities
  4. Facilitate RSPCA Australia’s support of national fundraising activities conducted by RSPCA Societies, for example, Christmas and tax appeals, Million Paws Walk, Cup Cake Day
  5. Respond to bequest and fundraising advertising opportunities including liaison with RSPCA Societies as relevant

Other duties as directed


The employee is responsible for taking care to protect their own health and safety and to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of any other person. In particular, the employee is responsible for: 

  1. complying with relevant WHS policies and procedures
  2. attending training and induction
  3. complying with any reasonable instruction aimed at protecting health and safety in the workplace
  4. using any equipment provided to protect health and safety
  5. assisting in the identification of hazards, assessments of risks and implementation of risk control measures
  6. keeping work areas in a safe condition
  7. reporting any incident or hazard to their line manager
  8. providing feedback on any matters which may affect WHS at RSPCA Australia 

Essential Selection Criteria:

  1. Tertiary qualifications or equivalent in marketing/corporate partnerships
  2. Demonstrated experience in personally delivering and maintaining corporate licensing and/or sponsorship programs
  3. Exceptional interpersonal skills, a skilled negotiator and listener who is comfortable talking with people from all walks of life
  4. Experience facilitating information sharing and/or cooperative activities within a federation and/or membership based organisation
  5. Demonstrable administration skills and the ability to prioritise and balance partner, member and supporter needs
  6. Self directed but working as part of a team
  7. The ability to travel interstate occasionally


This is a parental leave position for an expected period of 9-12 months and part-time or full-time can be negotiated.  The current National Partnerships Manager works 4 days per week.
The position is available from mid-late February, with the incumbent available to attend a national meeting of Marketing Managers on 19/20 February 2018 in Melbourne.


Please email a copy of your CV along with a document addressing each of the selection criteria and a cover letter outlining how you fit the role to with Confidential – National Partnerships Manager applicationin the subject line. 

Applications close: 9am (AEDST) Monday 29 January 2018

For further information regarding this position, contact Jenny Hodges (02) 6282 8300