Welcome Dinner Project Coordinator – Tasmania North

Apply by: As soon as possible

Location: Launceston and the Northern Tasmania region

Start date: to start immediately (can be negotiated)

Remuneration: Volunteer Role for approximately 5 hours per week. Travel and phone reimbursements (to a maximum of $80 per month) are provided for all our Coordinators. There is also the possibility of this role becoming paid once further funding is secured for Tasmania.

The Welcome Dinner Project is a major initiative of non-profit organisation joiningthedots. The Welcome Dinner Project has been connecting newly arrived people with established Australians over pot-luck dinners in local homes since March 2013. The initiative is off to a great start in Tasmania, with a number of successful Welcome Dinners already being held in local homes around the State. A dedicated team of volunteers have been trained as Welcome Dinner facilitators within Tasmania and a Steering Group is in place to support the roles and leverage networks and resources.

The Welcome Dinner Project in Tasmania is currently looking for a Coordinator for the North who will work together with the Welcome Dinner Project Coordinator in Hobart and join our National Team. The primary role is to coordinate a local network of volunteers to host and promote Welcome Dinners around northern Tasmania. The Coordinator will be supported and resourced by joiningthedots and collaborate with the other Welcome Dinner Project team staff and volunteers as well as the Tasmanian Steering Group. Initial training and induction will be provided. 

Summary of role:

  • Coordinate all aspects of administration and planning for Welcome Dinners in local homes and community venues: approximately one event per month, increasing over time.
  • Support existing volunteers and continue to recruit additional Welcome Dinner Facilitators
  • Communicate with key community partners, oversee promotions, and attend networking meetings or related events.
  • Develop strategic approach to building partnerships with key agencies, groups and institutions, in collaboration with the Tasmanian Steering Group.
  • Collaborate with the other Tasmanian Coordinator.
  • Coordinate reporting and evaluation processes.
  • Oversee local fundraising and grant applications.
  • Working from home or shared workspace with a partner organisation. Flexible hours, frequent weekday work and some weekend work required.
  • You will also be required to take part in bi-monthly national team meetings (online) and an annual gathering with the National Team
  • Estimated average hours per week = 5


Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Friendly, outgoing people-person, with an ability to communicate effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Experience in coordinating, motivating and empowering volunteers.
  • High degree of self-motivation, initiative and attention to detail.
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft word, excel, powerpoint, database management and google apps.
  • Familiarity with Tasmanian communities.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with a range of institutional partners.
  • Experience with delivering pitches or public speaking skills.
  • Some understanding of the issues being faced by newly arrived people to Australia.
  • Passion for creating a culture of welcome in Australia.
  • Access to your own vehicle would be an advantage. 

How to apply for this role:

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to admin@joiningthedots.org, using the subject: Application for Welcome Dinner Project Coordinator (Northern TAS).

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