Join our team at Tearfund Australia as a Church and Community Organizer and make a real difference in the world! We are looking for someone who is passionate about ending poverty and systemic injustices, through growing and mobilising our networks and relationships in the community.
Tearfund is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organisation responding to global poverty and injustice. We work in partnership with local Christian agencies to end poverty, challenge inequality and build sustainable communities. We go where the need is greatest, acting with courage to tackle injustice so that all may experience fullness of life.
To work at Tearfund is to live out your vocation; a space where your faith, passion for justice and skills intersect. Tearfund offers you the opportunity to use your professional skills and expertise to make a real difference in the lives of people who need it the most. As part of the Tearfund team, you are part of a movement which works toward a just and compassionate world in which all people can achieve their God-given potential.
Tearfund offers a friendly and flexible work environment, generous salary packaging benefits, and the challenge to grow and explore in your faith and justice journey.
About the role
As the Church and Community Engagement Lead for the South East states of Australia, you will use your excellent communication and organizational skills to build partnerships with churches, leaders, and volunteers, creating a movement of Christian change agents. You will work towards a just and compassionate world, where all people can achieve their God-given potential. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of a diverse range of expressions of justice and fullness of life for people facing poverty. And you’ll learn about the power of good development alongside passionate and experienced team members both locally and through our global community of partners.
Your day-to-day work will link teams and departments across the entire organisation. You will create connections and relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds especially from churches in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
You will support, train, empower and involve Tearfund supporters, members and volunteers in community campaigns and implement systems for volunteer leadership development, management and engagement.
You will manage multiple priorities, from running training events, inspiring people at church services, telling impactful stories, writing copy or connecting with new leaders. Getting things done is an essential skill for this role.
Position Location: Blackburn, Melbourne.
What this role will bring to you…
When you are successful in this role, you’ll have the joy to use your professional skills and expertise to make a real difference in the lives of people who need it the most. You’ll work alongside a dedicated relationship engagement team who engage with the Australian church at both a leadership and community level.
This full time/part time (4/5 days per week) role will play a critical part in Tearfund’s’ church and community engagement strategy and offers you the flexibility to choose your time commitment.
What this role will require…
● Qualifications in Theology/Divinity or equivalent
● Active Christian faith demonstrated as a serving member of a local church.
● Knowledge and understanding of the work of Tearfund and our Christian mission, values and ethos.
● Knowledge of global poverty and international development.
● Passion to advocate for communities in poverty.
● Ability to articulate the relationship between biblical faith and the work of Tearfund.
● Developed church relationships at senior levels of leadership and stakeholder management skills.
● Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a willingness to get ‘out and about’ and engage with people.
● The ability to work autonomously to deliver a team strategy and own initiatives and to work as part of a team, department and organisation.
● Experience in meeting targets (including financial), the ability to plan, articulate, implement, and review tasks to meet operational and strategic goals and deadlines.
● A valid Driver’s License and full access to a car.
● The flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.
● Confidence in public speaking, creating and delivering dynamic engaging messages.
Is this you?
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of global poverty and international development, a passion to advocate for communities in poverty, and the ability to articulate the relationship between biblical faith and the work of Tearfund. They will have proven relationship and account management skills, excellent communication skills. They will have worked in a church or para-church organisation, empowering others to take action, mobilising and supporting volunteers through community organising strategies. They will have the ability to encourage others in their faith and justice journeys, and to influence supporters to provide support to Tearfund as a meaningful and impactful way to respond to global poverty and injustice.
For the full Position Description including the closing date, please refer to the listing on our careers page here.
How to apply:
To apply, send us your CV to [email protected]
In a short cover letter, tell us:
– Why Tearfund? How do your values align with ours?
– Why the role resonates with you
– How your experience aligns with the role requirements in the position description
NOTE: Short-listing of candidates will commence prior to the closure of this role, so please do not delay submitting your application.
Enquiries: Please contact Michael on Ph: 03 9264 7000
Tearfund Australia’s recruitment and selection procedures and checks reflect our commitment to the well-being and protection of children and vulnerable adults. Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, such as a National Police Check and/or a Working With Children Check. COVIDSafe office requirements also apply. You also need to have the right to work in Australia and the ability to speak English well.
We seek to be a diverse workplace, in which people of many cultural and linguistic backgrounds, genders, ages and abilities work together and are equally appreciated and respected. People with disabilities and neuro diverse abilities are encouraged to apply for Tearfund roles and can receive assistance with aspects of the recruitment process, by contacting our People and Culture Partner, Stephanie via [email protected] or on 03 9264 7000.