COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Employer: Climate for Change
Responsible to: Community Engagement Coordinator
Location: Latrobe Valley (location flexible)
Work Type: Part-time (2.5-3 days per week)
Engagement Type: 12 month contract with 3 month probation
Start date: December 2018

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with passion, commitment and drive to make a big difference to the way that coal-affected communities in Australia respond to climate change.

The successful candidate will help design and implement a project in the Latrobe Valley that empowers people to have more constructive conversations on climate change, air quality and transitioning to a new economy in the valley.

Minimum 6 month commitment. The project will run until June 2020.

About this project

In partnership with Gippsland Climate Change Network and Psychology for a Safe Climate, C4C has recently been awarded a Climate Innovation Grant from the Victorian government towards a new project, ‘Conversations for Change: Imagining a New Future for the Latrobe Valley’.

Together with our project partners, we will develop and deliver a suite of tools, resources and activities that empower more constructive conversations about climate change, transition and air quality in the Valley.

We’re currently in the process of co-designing the project with members of Latrobe Valley community, to ensure it’s embedded in the valley culture and will be relevant in the medium to long-term. Project roll-out will begin in 2019.

About the role

We are looking for someone with close connections to the Latrobe Valley, its people and its culture to work as a project officer on ‘Conversations for Change: Imagining a New Future for the Latrobe Valley’.

In this role, you will work with the C4C Community Engagement Coordinator, who is managing the project, to implement, administer and evaluate the project. This includes outreach and community engagement with participants, communications and event organising.

We are looking for someone who is a good team player and has strong interpersonal skills as community engagement will be a meaningful part of the role. You will also work with members of the Gippsland Climate Change Network (GCCN), Psychology for a Safe Climate and members of the Latrobe Valley Community.

This position is currently funded for 2.5 days/week over one year. There is a possibility of that increasing, subject to further funding. Working hours can be flexible. Occasional work outside of normal business hours will be part of the role.

Key Responsibilities

Project design/evaluation

  • Actively participate and help with project design and evaluation meetings
  • Actively participate in and assist in designing project workshops (e.g. on conflict resolution, active/reflective listening, telling your story with confidence)
  • Attend Project Control Group and Project Management meetings

Community engagement

  • Maintain connections with key project stakeholders
  • Encourage and support community participation in the project

Project administration

  • Work collaboratively to schedule workshops/events throughout 2019, including logistics and booking venues

Communications

  • Draft communications plan for the project (with support from Community Engagement Coordinator)
  • Coordinate communications activities (e.g. media releases), promotional material
  • Coordinate, or help coordinate, the creation of project resources (e.g. informational brochures, video)

Key Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Understanding of and connection with the Latrobe Valley community
  • Passion for and commitment to climate action and transitioning to a renewable energy future
  • Strong interpersonal skills, good team player
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Strong organisation and time-management skills
  • Confident with technology

Desired:

  • Experience working in the non-profit sector
  • Experience in outreach, or community engagement, development or organising
  • Experience in event organisation
  • Experience with Google Suite

Qualifications: This role will be especially suited to someone who has studied social sciences (eg sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science), community development, social work, communications, or related subjects.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Angela (C4C Community Engagement Coordinator) at 0432 179 396.

How to Apply:

We are undertaking a rolling recruitment process. Applicants will be considered as they apply and the position will be filled upon finding a suitable candidate.

If interested, please send a short CV and separate document addressing the Key Selection Criteria to Angela Merriam at angela@climateforchange.org.au by ​Monday November 26th at 5pm​​ ​at the latest.

 

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