Community Development Manager Bushfire Resilience, Southern Highlands

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Community Development Manager Bushfire Resilience, Southern Highlands

Habitat for Humanity Australia

Habitat for Humanity is a global not-for-profit provider of housing for low-income families in need. Habitat for Humanity works in thousands of communities around the world and has built, rehabilitated and repaired over one million homes, helping more than 35 million people. Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

In Australia, Habitat for Humanity provides a range of services to disadvantage individuals and families. Our services include the Brush with Kindness (BWK) volunteering program, disaster recovery assistance, disaster resilience / preparedness work and partnerships to provide and improve housing. BWK is a home maintenance and repair program working in partnership with accommodation services and disadvantaged people mobilising teams of volunteers to conduct landscaping, maintenance, painting and minor repairs. This work improves accommodation for people experiencing homelessness. Disaster recovery / resilience / preparedness assists families and individuals affected by natural disasters like bushfire and supports communities to be prepared for future disasters. Habitat for Humanity Australia also works in partnership with housing providers, community service agencies and other organisation to increase housing solutions and improve existing housing and support services.

About the Role

This opportunity will be working in the area of the Southern Highlands and is responsible for program management, coordination, and engaging communities to deliver a variety of community development, education strategies and practical activities to achieve resilience and prepare for future bushfires. This is a part time role and will require the successful applicant to work 30 hours a week.

The Community Development Manager undertakes a range of functions including –

  • Contributing to the design of and managing a program that increases bushfire resilience in the community and provides recovery activities that benefit the most vulnerable in the communities where we work
  • Working with and establishing effective relationships with program stakeholders including partner agencies, local community organisations, community members and other staff.
  • Work with program staff to assess vulnerable areas and properties.
  • Establishing, coordinating and managing a program of activities, including Bushfire Preparedness Activity Days
  • Work with program staff and stakeholders to identify streets and neighbourhoods that are vulnerable to future bushfires.
  • Organise and delivery or work with others to deliver a program of community education days and train the trainer.
  • Deliver various community development / disaster preparation activities, e.g. establish community bushfire committees, community bushfire protection plans, community information toolkits.
  • Ensuring that program reporting requirements are met
  • Work with and manage program staff to ensure a program of volunteer activities are delivered effectively and efficiently.
  • Drive their own vehicle (travel costs will be reimbursed).
  • Providing information and safety presentation to volunteer teams
  • Taking photos of program activities
  • Preparing briefing documents, program reports, evaluation documentation, etc
  • Assist other staff to manage volunteers to ensure projects are completed on schedule

Essential Selection Criteria

  • Minimum 5 years experience in community development, capacity building, facilitation and networking.
  • Proven ability to develop strong, productive partnerships, engage and collaborate with key stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Well-developed program management / coordination skills.
  • Experience in leading project teams to deliver results
  • Highly motivated, positive, excellent organisation skills with very good attention to detail and ability to work independently.
  • Proven ability to liaise effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Highly developed communication skills including written, verbal, report writing and presentation skills.
  • Unrestricted driver’s licence, own vehicle, ability to drive (including ute) and willingness to travel.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent work experience.

Note – the successful applicant will need to provide evidence of a clear criminal history and adhere to HFH’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures including the Child Protection Policy.

This is a 18 month contract role with the possibility of extension.

How to Apply

To obtain a position description or to ask any questions about the role please email Michelle Duby,, using the subject line: Community Development Manager – Southern Highlands enquiry via Seek

When applying for this position please submit a covering letter that specifically addresses each of the selection criteria.

Applications will be considered as they are received so we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.