Job Details


May 13, 2022



Closing Date

Jun 12, 2022

Victorian Opera

Grants Executive

Company Overview

Victorian Opera was established in a visionary gesture by the Victorian Government in 2005. We have fulfilled our initial promise – we are ready to advance and enrich a great city and state and to consolidate our profile as a national performing arts company of which Australia can be proud. 

We exist to reimagine the future of opera and musical theatre for everyone.  Our values are humanity, respect, leadership, excellence, integrity, creativity.

Our goals are to become an eminent and recognisable industry leader by:

  • Executing an annual program of unique, innovative works of sufficient relevance and scale to fulfil its aspirations as an opera company, engaging an inclusive workforce and diverse audiences and build a loyal network of supporters;
  • Becoming a recognised state icon that actively promotes and contributes to Melbourne’s status as the cultural capital of Australia;
  • Aiming for remarkable quality in everything we do;
  • Engaging a broad cross-section of the community. We will continue to focus on audiences in Melbourne, regional Victoria and Tasmania, but will also extend our reach nationally and internationally through collaboration, co-production and livestreaming;
  • Being creative, innovative and experimental. We will seek to evolve the art form and to go beyond the traditional boundaries of opera;
  • Being a respected and recognised leader in the creative ecosystem, creating opportunities for and partnerships with other emerging artists and organisations;
  • Being a sustainable company, with stability in operations and confidence in funding and revenue;
  • Aligning with other Victorian and Commonwealth government initiatives, seeking mutual value and aspiring to outcomes that benefit the entire state and country.

Key Responsibilities 


Position Objective

The role works within the Development Department and reports to the Head of Development. The position is responsible for delivering Government, Trusts and Foundation funding objectives and budget expectations. The position is also required to deliver on set KPI’s and comply with all company procedural policies. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in delivering successful grant applications, a strong understanding of online grant writing procedures and a knowledge of/experienced in government reporting.


Government, Trusts and Foundation Grants 

  • Monitor all current company Government funding, lead and write all new Government funding applications and all acquittal reports, and ensure all contractual obligations with our Government funding partners are initiated in an efficient, effective and timely manner 
  • Maintain current Trust and Foundation funders whilst identifying new funding opportunities 
  • Research, prepare and write funding applications to Trusts and Foundations and submit applications within time frame requirements
  • Maintain a clear schedule of due funding proposal opportunities and acquittal reporting documents and deliver accordingly
  • Nurture and build relationships with Government funders, Trusts and Foundations, and demonstrate ability to communicate Victorian Opera projects and programs at the highest level
  • Ensure appropriate acknowledgement of all funders is displayed on the company website, brochures, programmes, and other marketing material in line with contractual agreements
  • Update and maintain accurate records for Government funders, Trusts, and Foundations, and their representatives in CRM (Tessitura)


Other duties

  • Create standardised audience, participant, and peer review survey evaluations that collect relevant data and provide valuable insight into perceptions of Victorian Opera’s programs and activities for the purposes of all reporting
  • Extrapolate data from survey responses and report on individual programs to their direct funders
  • Continue to develop and review independent annual reports with Culture Counts for reporting purposes
  • Work closely with and support the Education Manager to ensure education program survey data is accurately collated for acquittal reporting, and proofread all documents
  • Work closely with the CRM and Ticketing Executive to ensure statistical data for Government, Trusts and Foundations reporting readily is available and accurate
  • Create additional reports from data in Tessitura Analytics as required and engage in analytics data
  • Provide relevant research support to the Philanthropy Executive as required
  • Assist with Development Events, Functions, Opening Nights etc as required
  • Assist the Head of Development in any activity or task relating to the running of the department as required on a daily basis

To apply, please phone Louise O’Loughlin, Head of Development, on 0403 584 940 or email

Applicants will need to submit a curriculum vitae detailing relevant experience and a brief cover letter outlining your submission for an interview.


Applications close on Wednesday 15 June COB.