Assistant Project Coordinator (voluntary)
Employer: Humankind Enterprises
Work Type/s: Volunteer
Classification/s: Administration, Aged Care & Seniors’ Rights, Communications & Marketing, Media & Arts
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP), Social Enterprise
Job posted on: 17 March, 2017.
Applications close: 31 March, 2017.
- Assist with coordination of unique, impactful programs!
Lively and Humankind Enterprises are two social enterprises united by one common vision: a vision of a world in which generations are connected in meaningful, life-affirming ways, and in which young and older people feel fully valued, included and supported in their communities.
Humankind Enterprises creates spaces, tools and opportunities for people to connect in genuine and transformative ways. One of its core initiatives, StoryPod, enables older people to share their life stories and experiences back with the young, and to have these stories recorded on film and shared with families and communities.
Lively pursues this vision by employing young jobseekers to provide meaningful, paid support to older people who need a hand, and by engaging older people as mentors for the young. Its founding service is a technology help service; employing young jobseekers to help older individuals learn how to use technology to connect with friends, family, interests and information.
Together, Lively and Humankind Enterprises have developed a joint intergenerational program called Tech, Tea and Tales. Tech, Tea and Tales employs young jobseekers to help older people with technology, and to record their stories and life experiences on film. It is delivered in residential aged care and community settings. The program was launched at the Victorian Seniors Festival in October 2016, and is currently being delivered at one residential aged care facility in Melbourne and in one regional community area.
A video of the initiative is here:
As Lively and Humankind Enterprises seek to expand this program, we are looking for a dynamic, passionate and self-starting individual to provide program co-ordination and administrative support. You will work closely with the CEO of Lively and Director of Humankind Enterprises to help take this exciting program to the next level.
You will be part of a unique and close-knit team in a small start-up environment, and will be based primarily out of our office in Southbank, with the potential for some travel to project locations on a needs basis.
You are an experienced, adaptable professional with the ability to manage administration and logistics in support of two Directors in a busy community development environment. You will be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision, and be willing to work in support of a meaningful vision of connecting the generations.
You should have a love for special project management, be able to provide outstanding customer service to project partners and participants, be an enthusiastic professional, and be able to build positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Assist with promotion and uptake of a unique intergenerational program via coordination and distribution of marketing material
- Gather information for each project to achieve quality outcomes
- Conduct research, make site visits, and find resources to support program development
- Provide assistance with the training and supervision of young people
- Propose new ideas to improve the project planning and implementation process
- Serve as the key liaison with vendors on project-related matters
- Assist with managing on-site program delivery
- Close out all project event days as required
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proof reading and proposal writing.
- Ability to manage multiple aspects of the project
- Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and over the phone, with a high degree of professionalism.
- Ability to accomplish projects with little supervision and exercise initiative.
- Respect and understanding of our social mission, with an interest in older people and what they have to offer in the community
- At least one year of experience coordinating events / projects
- Proficiency using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and mail merges; email and web searches.
What you will get out of it:
- Opportunity to become a paid staff member – funding and timing dependent
- The opportunity to work closely with two young social entrepreneurs who have years of experience in the community sector delivering innovative projects
- Experience working on and developing an award-winning and innovative program that has powerful outcomes for the community
- Hands-on learning about how connection is created through technology and storytelling
- Development opportunities in the areas of social enterprise, start-ups, digital storytelling, community development, facilitation
- Where possible free tickets to courses and programs that are run out of our co-working space
- Satisfaction working with older participants and our young “Tech and Story Helpers” and seeing the impact that intergenerational work can have on well-being, reducing ageing stereotypes and even improving marketing and research.