Business Development Lead
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An exciting opportunity exists to join EWB as a Business Development Lead.

This role is to ensure EWB has a healthy diversity of funding streams including strong bilateral, multi-lateral and domestic government partnerships. It contributes to EWB's financial health and stability and diversity of funding within teams, to ensure we avoid organisational and program risk associated with the reliance on limited funding sources and can continue to achieve intended community outcomes.

Sitting in the Community Program team and working closely with the Philanthropy team and across the organisation, this role will deliver diversity of funding into our community programs with a focus on government and multi-lateral relationships. It will also support the development of government and other grant funding into our Education and Professional Relations team.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop strategic partnerships, engagement plan and funding targets aligned with EWB’s strategic priorities and philanthropy strategy.
  • Secure funding for community programs from Australian and overseas governments, bilateral and multilateral partners.
  • Develop and maintain a strong pipeline of government and multinational grant submissions, including through consortia and partnership arrangements, Australia and other donor countries.
  • Embed business development processes and practices into EWB’s Community team and across the organisation, including with regional and overseas offices.
  • Work closely with and leverage key relationships with relevant EWB staff and members, using strong knowledge of EWB’s cross sectoral impact framework and program initiatives.


Selection Criteria


Proven experience and/or demonstrated capacity in the following:

  • Leading strategic business development, with demonstrated application of successful strategies, ideally in the for-purpose sector.
  • Building and nurturing government and multi-lateral funding relationships within the international sector and/or indigenous Australia.
  • Writing high quality, technically sound proposals for submission to government departments in Australia and for international donor governments.
  • Coordinating a cross organisational response to proposal development.
  • Lateral thinking and creativity with the ability to connect seemingly disparate and/or unconnected subjects.
  • Utilising a variety of informational resources to identify future trends, issues, and problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that will facilitate the development of effective relationships.
  • Superior verbal and writing skills.



Experience or deep understanding of:

  • EWB and humanitarian engineering
  • Working in a membership-based organisation


Personal Attributes

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, EWB’s vision, mission and objectives.
  • Understanding of and passion about EWB’s member engagement model and the engagement of a diverse range of volunteers and professionals in creating change.
  • Commitment to excellence and integrity in outputs and work relationships.
  • A collaborator, communicator, networker and connector.
  • Ability to work with staff across all levels of an organisation and a diverse group of skilled professional volunteers - building an expectation for excellence, outcomes and positive relationships – coupled with sensitivity to individual needs; with an ability to work as part of a remote team.
  • Self-driven to work autonomously and with adaptability, coupled with the ability to seek guidance when required.
  • Passionate about working in an innovative work environment, with a knack for piloting new ideas and concepts


More information is in the Position Description.

How do I apply?

Please respond to the selection criteria (max 3 pages) and provide CV (max 3 pages) with the contact details of 2 referees to, with subject heading “Application – Business Development position”.

If you have any questions about the position, please email

Applications close at 5.00PM AEST on Wednesday 30 August 2018.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early applications are welcomed.

Engineers Without Borders Australia:

  • Actively encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to apply.
  • 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 and permanent residents.


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 prior to commencement.

Some interstate and overseas travel will be required.