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Join an organisation who help transform the lives and futures of women and children who have experienced domestic or family violence and abuse

We believe that everyone has the right to live free from violence and fear, and we work tirelessly to provide a safe and supportive environment for those affected by domestic violence. Our team of compassionate and dedicated professionals is committed to providing high-quality services and support to our clients, including shelter, counselling, legal assistance, and other vital resources.

We are always looking for talented and passionate individuals who share our vision and are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of survivors of domestic violence. If you are interested in joining our team and helping us achieve our mission, we invite you to explore the opportunities listed below and to submit your application. Thank you for considering a career with us, and for your commitment to ending domestic violence.

Current Vacancies

Philanthropy and Communications Manager

Domestic and family violence services and refuge – Lower North Shore

Mary’s House Services is looking for an ambitious fundraiser wanting to take the next step in their career, report directly to the CEO and build a successful team. Ideally work full time – part-time four days per week is also possible. A unique opportunity to make a tangible difference to women and children’s safety and wellbeing, with strong support and connection with local community.


  • want to be part of transforming the lives and futures of women and children who have experienced domestic or family violence and abuse
  • want to report directly to a CEO who understands fundraising culture and strategy
  • want to develop your leadership skills and grow a team
  • want to work around the lower North Shore of Sydney
  • have experience in major gifts, trusts and foundations and gifts in wills or can demonstrate transferable skills that apply to a fundraising role
  • can focus on the details and data needed to execute a strategy
  • are a creative thinker
  • are a natural relationship-builder and you enjoy being part of a community
  • want to work with committed, passionate colleagues in a friendly and fun workplace where staff wellbeing is a priority


We are looking for someone who ticks the boxes above and is motivated to build on our fabulous and generous community support in and around the North Shore.

You should also

  • demonstrate your success in philanthropy and fundraising with examples of securing major transformative gifts and securing grants from trusts and foundations, or demonstrate similar successes in other fields that require inspirational communication and excellent relationship skills
  • have outstanding communication skills (written and verbal) and have the insight and experience to inspire, develop and lead a communications and marketing strategy
  • have experience developing a gifts in wills program or demonstrate your understanding of what is required to attract bequests
  • understand the importance of accurate reporting to our generous supporters
  • have the skills to lead and grow a team – this role has one direct report (marketing/communications) – however, we want to grow the team. Your team may include some of our talented local volunteers
  • be highly organised, motivated to achieve financial success and determined to maintain our excellent reputation in the community
  • understand how to effectively and strategically use and maintain a fundraising database, or have used CRM databases in similar contexts such as sales/marketing

A relevant tertiary qualification and/or more than 5 years’ experience in fundraising and philanthropy and experience leading a team, will all be highly regarded.


This is a permanent full-time position but we will consider a part-time four day per week position for a suitable candidate.

We expect that strategic increases in income will grow the Philanthropy and Communications team over the medium term. Our income is primarily from private philanthropists, local community members, generous local organisations, trusts and foundations. We intend to develop a gifts in wills program. Mary’s House is supported by generous volunteers and pro bono partners. We are a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Our goals include maintaining our high quality refuge service, our casework services, and expanding our therapeutic programs for women and children.

Mary’s House Services is a wonderful example of what a community can achieve when it identifies a gap in services and a desperate need for community support. We are a grass roots organisation, providing quality services for women and children who have experienced domestic or family violence. We offer safety, hope, and empowerment for women and children to rebuild their lives.

Established in 2016 as an independent not-for-profit, we innovate to provide support services in response to community needs. Through Mary’s House refuge, the Daisy Centre, and other services, we offer professional support, accommodation, case management services and therapeutic groups to women, while they navigate options before, during and after leaving an abusive relationship.


  • your wellbeing is a priority
  • work at our modern Crows Nest office, walking distance from buses and trains
  • a family-friendly, hybrid work environment – you may choose to work from home one or two days each week, subject to responsibilities and commitments
  • additional leave at Christmas
  • salary packaging – increases your take home pay (up to $15,900 of your salary tax-free)
  • work with colleagues who value respect, compassion, generosity, hope and safety
  • high potential for success as you will be part of a generous community of local supporters
  • connection with your frontline colleagues so you are closely linked with our work for women and children’s safety

Please call to speak to our CEO Yvette Vignando on 0490 263 128 to discuss your interest. The salary range for this role is $105,000-$120,000 dependent on fundraising and philanthropy experience. Enquiries will be answered promptly and be kept confidential.

If you prefer to simply apply now, please download the position description for more information.

Note: As a provider of services to women and children impacted by domestic and family violence, this position is only open to applicants who identify as women. Mary’s House Services considers identifying as a woman to be a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s.31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The preferred applicant must undergo a Working with Children and National Police Records Check as a requirement of ongoing employment with Mary’s House.

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    1. This role requires strategic thinking and the ability to execute a plan, while guiding others and collaborating with others. Detail your experience in this area and provide an example of when you have developed a strategy and successfully executed it. 2. Organisational skills and attention to detail are important when engaging with multiple donors of varying capacity, corporates, community groups and other key stakeholders. Please explain how you meet these requirements and provide an example or examples of using these skills to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders.