job ad community organiser Melbourne

POSITION DESCRIPTION – Community Organiser

Employer:                  Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, ARRCC Inc.

Sector:                       Not-For-Profit

Work Type/s:             Contract, part-time

Classification:           Advocacy & Campaigning, Environment & Sustainability

Location:                    Hawthorn, Melbourne

Applications close:   COB Wednesday 30 November 2016


The Organisation

ARRCC, Inc. is a multi-faith, member-based organisation committed to taking action on climate change. Established in late 2007, ARRCC brings together people of faith from all over Australia to work towards a more just and sustainable future.  ARRCC's mission is twofold (1) to promote ethical, sustainable, healthy and contented lifestyles which respect the Earth’s precious natural resources, and (2) to advocate, from a faith perspective, for public policies which contribute to climate justice.

ARRCC is at an exciting time in our development. With a growing membership, increased media coverage and an ability to attract grants, ARRCC has great unrealized potential. A faith-based organisation like ARRCC has the potential to value-add significantly to the challenge of shifting the public narrative around fossil fuels. With 67% of the population regarding themselves as a member of one of the major religions, we have a potentially extensive constituency many of whom have not yet been engaged by the environment movement.  See www.arrcc.org.au

About Greenfaith/ARRCC

GreenFaith Australia has merged with ARRCC and operates as the presence of ARRCC in Melbourne. The group uses the name, GreenFaith/ARRCC. It’s original mission was to bring “together people from different faith communities and spiritualities to respond holistically in thought, practice, community and spirit to the ecological problems our diverse multi-faith society is facing.  We seek to learn from the wisdom of the faith traditions to generate urgent ethically-based responses to our ecological environment and challenges. We hope to act practically and effectively on ecological issues, and through action create increasing opportunities for interfaith fellowship and learning.”


Position information

Contract:  200 hours over 6 months with a view to extend.

Wage:  $35 per hour. Funding is also available for meeting agreed travel and other expenses.


  • The position is based at Borderlands Cooperative, 2 Minona Street Hawthorn. However there is the option for the successful applicant to work remotely within Melbourne.
  • The position will be reviewed during the period of appointment with a view to fine-tuning the role and establishing it as an ongoing position.
  • Management: The setting of tasks, achievement dates and assessment (deliverables) will be done with a small support group including certain members of GFA/ARRCC and the President of ARRCC.

Purpose of the position

The purpose of this project is to build capacity within and among faith communities in Melbourne to work collectively to address the environmental and spiritual crisis of climate change. The position will require the successful applicant to engage with faith communities and interfaith networks to assist them to raise awareness and to take concrete actions to address climate change within their communities. Through grassroots engagement with faith communities the successful applicant will facilitate the uptake of the appropriate ARRCC Climate Action Kits and other materials and encourage active membership with GreenFaith Australia/ARRCC. By focussing on capacity-building at the grassroots of faith communities, it is hoped an active volunteer base will be created to expand the work of ARRCC in Melbourne.


Key Responsibilities 

  • Development of networks and relationships to build membership of GreenFaith/ARRCC in Melbourne;
  • Recruit and motivate a volunteer base to engage in GreenFaith/ARRCC’s work in Melbourne;
  • Train volunteers to take leadership in their own communities and/or participate in campaign activities;
  • Development of networks between GreenFaith/ARRCC and other interfaith and environmental interest groups in Melbourne;
  • Promote and distribute Climate Action Kits through Melbourne faith communities and interfaith networks;
  • Coordinate a major event to bring members of faith communities together to discuss collective action on climate change;
  • Manage and develop data on networks; and
  • Alert the local GreenFaith/ARRCC Committee and ARRCC Management Committee of any fundraising opportunities that may become known in the course of the work.

 Key Performance Indicators 

By the end of a 6-month period, it is hoped that there are:

  • An increased number of participants attending monthly GreenFaith/ARRCC meetings;
  • Attendance of 25 or more people, preferably community leaders, at a forum to discuss collective action on climate change;
  • 5 more volunteers actively contributing to some aspect of the work of ARRCC;
  • Increased rate of downloading and/or distribution of Climate Action Kits
  • More communities beginning to use the Climate Action Kits
  • Letters to at least 10 interfaith networks in Melbourne and surrounding areas informing them of the work of ARRCC and GreenFaith/ARRCC, and direct contact with representatives of 5 of these, preferably in person.

Skills and attributes required 

The Community Organiser is expected to:

  • Be familiar with the Mission and aims of ARRCC
  • Comply with ARRCC’s policies and procedures
  • Conduct themselves professionally
  • Respect the confidentiality of information
  • Meet time frames and work in collaboration with others
  • Work semi-autonomously and use their initiative
  • Have well-developed knowledge of climate change issues
  • Work flexible hours
  • Work respectfully across diverse faiths and cultures
  • Have demonstrated organisational skills with attention to detail

 Skills and attributes preferred

  • Proven similar experience
  • Knowledge of and commitment to environmental concerns
  • Knowledge of and commitment to religious tradition/s


How to apply

Apply in writing to

Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black


0449 758 715

With the names and details of two referees.