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Community Outreach Coordinator

Lort Smith Animal Hospital
  • Part Time position (4 days per week)
  • Fixed term maternity leave contract – 12 months
  • Based in North Melbourne

An exciting opportunity has arising within our Community and Development team as the Community Outreach Coordinator to cover a 12 month maternity leave contract. This position will focus on coordinating Lort Smith’s Pet Therapy and Youth Justice Programs and on building and managing partnerships with government, private and not for profit organisations who can support our mission.

Who we are

Lort Smith is Australia’s largest not for profit animal hospital with a clear vision as the recognised leader in Australia for animal health and wellbeing. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s hospital and health precinct in North Melbourne, Lort Smith has a significant 80 year history having grown from humble roots. Today Lort Smith reaches deep into the community through three streams - in our hospital by providing exceptional veterinary care and preserving the human-animal bond irrespective of a person’s circumstance; in our adoption centre by providing sanctuary, rehabilitation, welfare and a new home for animals; and through our community outreach programs by promoting responsible pet ownership and nurturing the human-animal bond.

You will be an enthusiastic team player who is ideally experienced in the management of community services and/or coordinating volunteer programs in a not for profit organisation, with strong skills in administration, planning, and service delivery.

Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Coordination of Lort Smith’s Pet Therapy and Youth Justice Programs within designated budget
  • Oversee and facilitate the identification, implementation and development of viable community based programs and initiatives that support our mission
  • Develop program strategies and guidelines
  • Volunteer recruitment, engagement and training
  • Research and apply for relevant grants and funding opportunities
  • Manage the spending of funds as required

You will have the following:

  • Proven experience developing and delivering programs for vulnerable or marginalised people in the community;
  • Experience in managing volunteers;
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including budget management;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills;
  • Experience delivering training to volunteers and/or staff;
  • Highly developed analytical skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • High level computer literacy;
  • Experience in or understanding of Animal-Assisted Interventions and how the human-animal bond can be utilised to help people recover from or better cope with illness, injury, trauma and/or loneliness.

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