Community Development Manager – Southern Highlands

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Community Development Manager – Southern Highlands

Habitat for Humanity Australia 


The Community Development Manager 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.

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
  • Other tasks to support the efficient and effective operation of the program

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.

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • Experience in disaster recovery / resilience / preparedness programs and activities.
  • Digital/social media experience: an understanding of how to use technology to reach communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver educational/information campaigns that result in effective change

Other Requirements

  • 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.
  • It may be a requirement of the role that the final candidate is fully vaccinated against Covid 19 due to the potential high interaction with the community.

This is a 15 month contract role with the possibility of extension.

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