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Community Organiser - Mackay

Employer: Mackay Conservation Group
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Environment & Sustainability
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional QLD

Job posted on: 02 June, 2017.
Applications close: 12 June, 2017. (Expired)

  • Mackay location
  • Supervisor: MCG Co-ordinator
  • Hours: Full- time 37.5 hours/week
  • Contract period 1 year
  • Salary: $60,000 plus superannuation

Our Organisation

Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) is in the heart of the coal mining industry in Queensland. The ports of Hay Point, Dalrymple Bay and Abbot Point are all located nearby. Most of Queensland’s 70 operating coal mines are in the adjacent Bowen Basin. We have been campaigning against the expansion of coal mining in the region for more three decades.

For the past five years, Mackay Conservation Group has been at the centre of the campaign to stop the Adani Carmichael mine:

  • We have built community opposition to the expansion of coal terminals to the south of Mackay and Abbot Point port to the north;
  • We engaged with landholders along the rail corridor from Abbot Point to the Carmichael mine;
  • We took legal action against the federal approval of the mine, which saw the mine’s environmental authority temporarily revoked; and
  • MCG has also built support within the broader community by supporting the Great Barrier Reef Divers organisation which engages the dive tourism sector and encourages them to speak out on climate change and mining.

In 2017, stopping Adani’s Carmichael mine is the key focus in this campaign.

This Position

This community organiser role will effectively engage the Mackay community to be a visible and powerful part of the national campaign to stop the Adani Carmichael mine.

We are seeking an experienced Community Organiser to support our existing members and supporters to take meaningful action in the Stop Adani campaign, and to reach out to engage new local constituencies.

By organising in our community, we can put pressure on Adani, contesting their jobs claims in local communities, and we can insist that the state government rule out any fast-tracks or handouts for the project. We will power map our community to identify influencers of key political targets, and organise to build local opposition in a structured way.

The community organiser will join the MCG team of Co-ordinator (Peter McCallum) and Office Manager (Azrae Hope).

The position is an ideal opportunity for someone with a passion for working with grassroots community members to build the momentum of our local campaign effort.  Regional voices are such a critical part of the movement to stop Adani - the MCG organiser can have an outsized impact by building capacity in a regional centre like Mackay.  

Key responsibilities of this role:

  • Identify, recruit and support local opinion leaders to communicate their concerns and opposition to Adani to local community members
  • Form a vibrant local action group of committed volunteers able to roll out a steady sequence of actions and events (demonstrating local opposition to the project, and recruiting new supporters)
  • Deepen supporter and member engagement as outlined in the events and engagement plan that MCG has devised for this role
  • Analyse training needs and organise tailored training and skills-sharing for volunteers to build the campaign capacity of MCG
  • Expose the sham of ‘ironclad’ promises of thousands of local jobs to local communities, promote the job-rich opportunities of mining rehabilitation, and highlight the jobs that the Carmichael project puts at risk.

In a typical week as our Campaign Organiser you may:

  • Deliver a campaign skills training for supporters
  • Facilitate a campaign meeting of local volunteers, providing leadership on strategy and tactics to maximise their campaign impact
  • Schedule and hold numerous 1:1 meetings to engage potential allies and advocates, support key volunteers, or introduce new supporters to the campaign
  • Support regional community members to stage an action at a local bank branch
  • Write a supporter email motivating our 200 local supporters to take action.

Selection Criteria

The ideal candidate for this role has:

  1. Ability to build and maintain professional relationships quickly on the phone, face-to-face and online, and inspire people to take action on an ongoing basis in diverse locations;
  2. Demonstrated experience facilitating effective alliances or campaign collaborations, including managing complex relationships;
  3. Demonstrated project and event management skills;
  4. Strong communication skills, including experience delivering member and supporter communications;
  5. Experience in planning and delivering an organising campaign, an understanding of community organising principles and practice; and
  6. Strong alignment with MCG’s vision and mission, and a commitment to distributed leadership.

Desirable criteria:

  1. Experience running trainings, information sessions and meetings using online platforms.
  2. Ability to create online content including video and social media material.
  3. Experience using databases or content management systems such as Wordpress, NationBuilder or Campaign Monitor;
  4. Sound knowledge of environment and climate change issues 
How to apply for this job

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