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
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line: Community Development Manager – Southern Highlands