Engagement and Projects Lead – Catholic Social Services Victoria

East Melbourne

Engagement and Projects Lead – Catholic Social Services Victoria

  • Part-time, permanent position (0.9FTE, negotiable)
  • Flexible (Hybrid) working arrangement (office and WFH)
  • Work collaboratively to promote positive social change and outcomes

Develop and enact communication strategies and systems across our network of members and the broader community to build social justice and foster practical responses to those in need.

About CSSV

Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) is the peak body for Catholic community services organisations in Victoria. CSSV works to support the mission of the Church to build a more just and compassionate society. We are inspired by the teachings of Jesus, our work is underpinned by Catholic social principles including: the inherent dignity of all human persons, the common good – with a preferential option for the poor, solidarity, and subsidiarity.

CSSV supports a dynamic network of forty-two member organisations, who in turn support over 200,000 Victorians each year. CSSV seeks to build up a vibrant community of shared activity between Catholic social and community service organisations, parishes and other Church agencies alongside the broader sector and others of goodwill to foster solidarity and practical responses with those in need.
Our work includes advocacy and policy development on issues that impact on society and on the work of CSSV members.

We actively foster relationships to create systemic change and bring focus to the situation of the most marginalised and disadvantaged in our society.

About the opportunity

The CSSV Engagement and Projects Lead is a key role within a small organisation that is agile, responsive and dedicated to working for positive change. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will bring energy and focus to our committees by providing timely secretariat support and co-opting working parties for specific projects. This role holds responsibility for the development and enactment of Catholic Social Services Victoria’s (CSSV) communication strategy and drive projects that draws on skills and expertise from across our network of members and their staff and volunteers.

This role will organise consultations, draft proposals, plans and content and manage timely delivery of discrete projects that engage with and deliver shared value for our member organisations and other key stakeholders

This is a part-time, permanent position that offers a hybrid model of work, a dedicated team to collaborate with and be supported by and the opportunity to make a difference every day.

Key Responsibilities of the role

  • Drive and consult on projects and initiatives, collaborating with committees and working groups to develop and advise, demonstrating initiative and ownership as required.
  • Collaborate with the CSSV team to develop and implement strategic and operational plans.
  • Assist the Executive Director with the organisation of a range of ad hoc & ongoing forums, meeting and events relating to both policy & social change and the development of staff both professionally & spiritually.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in technological systems such as CRMs, enabling a small team to make a significant impact and engage a wide audience in meaningful events and topic.
  • Implement process improvements and actively explore the use of systems/programs/tools that boost efficiency while fostering personal connections.
  • Attend various forums on behalf of CSSV at different levels as necessary, consistently upholding and promoting CSSV's mission.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Understanding of Catholic social teaching and a strong commitment to social justice and the mission and teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Ability to write across diverse styles, including formal reports, proposals, website and social media content, media releases, briefings, and meeting minutes.
  • Strong technical communication skills (competency in Mailchimp or similar CRM, WordPress etc.) and willingness to experiment and learn with emerging useful tools.
  • Sound knowledge of social & strategic planning, and community development approaches and practice.
  • Ability to manage priorities; to work independently and to take the initiative in achieving agency objectives.
  • Capability to work efficiently as part of a team, collaborating to develop and deliver joint projects, drive change, and impact results.
  • Proficient in presenting to audiences and skilled in designing and delivering consultations, workshops, and events, including developing annotated agendas and background materials.

Why work for CSSV

• We live our values – Wisdom, Integrity, Honesty, Compassion, Sustainability, Forgiveness, Generosity and Courage.

• We are located on the edge of the CBD in leafy East Melbourne and within a 5-minute walk of Parliament station.

• You will have the opportunity to become a part of our dedicated and supportive team of people.

• We have a “flexibility first” approach and provide generous leave policies.

• You will have access to our Employee Assistance Program to support your personal health and wellbeing.

How to apply

If you feel your skills and experience align with the above criteria, we would love to hear from you. Apply by clicking the "Apply Now" button and submitting your application. Applications should provide a cover letter, address to the key selection criteria and current resume.

Contact the Executive Director, Josh Lourensz via joshua.lourensz@css.org.au using the subject line: Engagement and Projects Lead - Catholic Social Services Victoria enquiry via EthicalJobs or 9287 5566 for further information/discussion about this position.

Employment with CSS is subject to satisfactory background checks, which include a National Police Check, Working with Children Check and Reference Checks. To be successful in this role you must hold valid working rights in Australia.

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 working with children check.

Application closing date: 05 June, 2024 Contact person Sinead Elebert Apply Now