World Youth Day (WYD) Coordinator - Fixed Term - 12-15 Months

East Melbourne/Lisbon, Portugal

Do you have significant experience in a church or evangelisation ministry?

We are seeking a positive and energetic person to work within our Proclaim team to coordinate the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s (CAM) pilgrimage groups in their participation in World Youth Day 2023 (WYD2023) in Lisbon, Portugal.

About CAM

The Archdiocese of Melbourne through its ministries and agencies is at service of the people of God, planting the Gospel of Jesus Christ into their communities and lives daily. Under the guidance of four key priorities outlined by the Archbishop, the works and activities of the Archdiocese are oriented towards a missionary focus to address the ongoing needs of: Local Communities; Families; Youth and Young Adults; and the Poor and the Broken.

About the role

The World Youth Day Coordinator provides specialised expertise in coordinating the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s (CAM) pilgrimage groups in their participation in World Youth Day 2023 (WYD2023) in Lisbon, Portugal. Working within the Proclaim team, the WYD Coordinator will organise the implementation of CAM’s involvement in WYD2023 ensuring the goals of the Archdiocese of Melbourne Steering Committee are met. The World Youth Day Coordinator will be reporting to the Director of Mission.

The WYD2023 Coordinator will be involved before, during and after WYD. The general responsibilities of the WYD2023 Coordinator include:

• Develop and coordinate contingency plans for any emergencies that arise on pilgrimage

• Maintain contact between the Proclaim team and other organisation's involved in the event.

• Develop and implement a leadership training program for all pilgrimage group leaders

• Attend WYD2023 with the CAM pilgrimage and provide tour operator services

• Develop and maintain a pilgrim focused service, responsive to need

• Prepare and manage the WYD2023 budget and deliver work in agreed timeframes and budget

• Act as secretary to the WYD2023 Steering Committee

About you

  • Have an extensive understanding of, and personal commitment to, the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Exceptional communication, presentation, and networking skills with an ability to positively influence individuals and groups
  • Can respond positively to challenging circumstances with a commitment to collaboratively find solutions to challenging problems
  • Significant experience (3+ years) in a Church environment or evangelisation ministry setting with young people
  • Exceptional resource and time management skills delivering work to achieve objectives efficiently and within agreed timelines and budget
  • Commitment to being adaptable and demonstrating flexibility and agility in the workplace. Including willingness to work variable hours according to local community needs (i.e. evenings and weekends)

Essential Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in logistics, promotion, and organisation of events
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflicting work priorities due to diverse demands on available work time
  • Had previous involvement with a World Youth Day (Highly Desired)
  • National Police check
  • Working with Children check

Why work for CAM

At CAM we live our values:

  • Collaborative and can build engagement around a common purpose
  • Energy and passion for Gospel Mission – be informed by the needs of the people we serve
  • Flexible and agile in how to respond to ever changing needs
  • Accountability and delivery
  • Foster solutions within the communities
  • Stewardship care
  • As an employee of CAM, you are joining an organisation that’s’ primary purpose is at service of the people of God. Your role will be interesting, challenging and highly rewarding – every day will be different.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please provide the following in your application:

  • the motivation behind your interest in the role;
  • an overview of your skills and experience that align to the key accountabilities;
  • confirm that you meet the essential requirements of the role;
  • respond to each point in the key selection criteria; and
  • any other information you would like to be considered during the assessment period.

Applications should be emailed to: They will be assessed as they are received therefore candidates may be contacted prior to the application closing date. The start date can be negotiable for the right candidate.

For further information relating to the role, contact Teresa Rhynehart (Director of Mission) on 0402 148 300 or

CAM Information

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Please note: The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne is committed to the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children and vulnerable adults. It is a requirement across our organisation that all clergy, employees, and volunteers have a valid Police and Working with Children Check.

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