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Communications Coordinator - Centre for Just Places

Jesuit Social Services
  • Are you a communication professional with a passion for social justice?
  • Are you looking for a new challenge within a leading, progressive not-for-profit organisation?
  • Part time role in Richmond location (when safe to return to the office)

About the organisation

Jesuit Social Services works to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential. We do this by partnering with community to support those in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.

The organisation places a high priority on advocacy and is a leader in policy development and research.

About the program

The Centre for Just Places was established by Jesuit Social Services with support from the Victorian Government and Gandel Philanthropy, to enable and support place-based approaches nationally through research, collaboration, engagement and knowledge exchange.

The Centre aims to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in research and advocacy on place-based inequities and injustice
  • Focus on addressing the root causes of social, economic and environmental inequity and injustice
  • Promote a social and ecological justice lens in place-based research and action, and
  • Collaborate and partner with communities and cross-sectoral stakeholders to support and enable effective place-based approaches.

The Centre for Just Places will:

  • Function as an ongoing dedicated resource for research into locational disadvantage (e.g. Dropping Off the Edge) into the future. It will undertake new interdisciplinary research bringing together data and concepts across community development, social services, health, environmental science, urban and social planning, and innovation.
  • Undertake action research with vulnerable communities to design, test and evaluate their place-based projects and programs.
  • Maintain a freely available national repository of place-based research, including case studies, papers and articles across multiple sectors.
  • Advocate for impactful place-based approaches to solve locational disadvantage, including building capacity of individuals, organisations and communities to campaign on solutions
  • Empower local communities and the organisations that work within them to understand and solve their own problems through access to and development of effective community capacity building techniques, including the provision of local data, case studies, evaluated tools (governance, community engagement, design), and purpose built resources in an accessible online platform.
  • Build collaborative partnerships across sectors to ensure that effective design, planning and community engagement take place

About the role

Jesuit Social Services seeks an enthusiastic communication professional for a part time role (0.4EFT) responsible for driving strong, clear and consistent communications across the organisation but with a particular focus on our Centre for Just Places.

The Communication Coordinator role will develop a range of strategic communication products including supporter collateral, marketing material, advocacy documents and media statements to represent the organisation and, specifically, the Centre for Just Places.

To be successful in the role you will have excellent written and verbal communications skills, experience pitching and responding to media requests and an understanding of a broad range of social justice issues. Experience creating collateral through basic graphic design skills will also be of benefit but is not mandatory.

This person will be creative, energetic and sympathetic to the values of the organisation.

Candidate Requirements

This role will suit a candidate with the following skills and experience:

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  2. Demonstrated stakeholder management skills.
  3. Demonstrated design and layout skills (preferably using Adobe InDesign)
  4. Experience in maintaining a website via Content Management System.
  5. Proven ability to manage brand guidelines across a diverse national organisation.
  6. Experience managing, maintaining and growing a social media presence to achieve engagement with new and diverse audiences.
  7. Demonstrated ability to manage the production of materials from briefing stage to completion.
  8. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  9. Current Victorian driver’s licence.
  10. Capacity to fulfil reporting requirements associated with the position.
  11. Understanding and sympathy with the mission and ethos of Jesuit Social Services.
  12. Valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check card.
  13. Successfully completed Police Check to be conducted by Jesuit Social Services prior to commencement.

An attractive salary plus salary packaging is on offer.

How to Apply

The position description can be found by clicking apply now.

For further information please contact Catherine Neville, Executive Director Advocacy and Strategic Communications on 0407 318 832.

Applicants are required to respond to each of the Key Selection Criteria, with names and contact numbers of two referees. Your responses to the selection criteria should be incorporated into your covering letter.

Please apply in confidence.

Applications may be reviewed prior to the closing date and may be subject to change without notice.

Jesuit Social Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We celebrate and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, cultural background, age, gender, sexuality, disability or religious affiliation.

Jesuit Social Services takes child protection seriously. We undertake multiple screening processes including appropriate reference and background checks, Working with Children Check and police checks to ensure the protection of children and young people in our care.

You are required to meet the behaviour standards outlined in our Code of Conduct.

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