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Community Development Specialist - Cairns

Cancer Council Queensland

Our Mission

Reducing the burden of cancer. Cancer Council raises funds that are dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with cancer, through research, patient care, prevention and early detection. We are dynamic, outcome-focused and responsive to community needs, committed to voluntarism and the pursuit of excellence in all activities. All employees and volunteers from CCQ, through their work, are actively involved in cancer control.

About the role

The Campaigns and Community Engagement team delivers National and State Peer to Peer Campaigns, Third Party Beneficiaries, Fundraising Events, Community Fundraising and Community Engagement across Queensland.

As the Community Development Specialist, you are responsible for strategically driving supporter acquisition and growing community engagement, raising Cancer Council Queensland’s (CCQ) profile within your geographic region to meet fundraising and community engagement objectives.

This role is a Permanent Full-time (37.5 hours per week) and is based in our Cairns office.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will need to bring your ability to think outside the box, and demonstrate the following criteria;

  • Thorough knowledge of your region, communities and networks
  • Lead and implement regional strategy for the generation of new relationships , community and corporate engagement opportunities and partnerships to support fundraising and community engagement initiatives
  • Experience in developing high value strategic relationships with key stakeholders and members of the community to drive engagement opportunities, increase participation and inform communities of CCQ’s campaigns, services and programs.
  • Experience in engaging, managing and growing current donors, supporters and volunteers throughout CCQ’s fundraising programs and third party opportunities
  • Represent CCQ as local representative for community engagement media opportunities where required
  • Drive acquisition of diverse volunteers to support and grow volunteer branches, event committees and volunteer fundraising groups
  • Evaluate and report on all Community Engagement initiatives undertaken in the region and at key times in the engagement pipeline such as monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Maintain key records, ensuring data integrity and reporting on all lead generation activities.
  • Work closely with the Coordinator, Community Engagement to ensure the success of all fundraising initiatives and relationship of stakeholders across your region.
  • Support all regional activities across Cancer Council Queensland including attending events, promoting the organisation’s mission and programs and supporting those impacted by cancer from time to time.
  • Liaise and collaborate with internal stakeholders to promote CCQ’s campaigns and programs within set timeframes.
  • Manage and track overall expenditure budgets allocated for Community Engagement activities, ensuring these are achieved and adhered to
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office, TEAMS and CRM systems is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in Fundraising environment is preferred

Your Leadership Contribution

CCQ has a Leadership Capability Framework which outlines the necessary capabilities of leaders at different leadership levels: Executive (CEO and GMs), Senior Managers, Managers, and Frontline Managers (Team Leaders and Senior Coordinators).

As a leader at CCQ you will be expected to demonstrate behaviours under three core capability groups: Vision and Strategy, Driving Outcomes and Attributes and Behaviours.


Cancer Council Queensland is a growing community-based organisation offering employees flexible work arrangements, salary packaging opportunities, and a supportive team environment where healthy lifestyle balance is encouraged.

How to apply

Applications including current resume and cover letter are required by the close date and should be addressed to:

Program Lead, Community Engagement

Cancer Council Queensland

For your application to be considered, it is recommended that the following documentation is attached with your application:

  • Cover letter – Your cover letter should clearly indicate the position you are applying for and give a brief summary of your motivations for applying and your relevant skills and experience.
  • Current Resume – Your resume should include your contact details, work experience, educational background and professional development.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application via Seek, Ethical Jobs or the Cancer Council Queensland website as early as possible as Cancer Council Queensland reserves the right to reduce the application period and/or remove the job advertisement early should a suitable applicant be found.

The successful applicant will be required to provide a current National Police Certificate.

Cancer Council Queensland will contribute to equality and reconciliation by encouraging applications and inquiries for employment opportunities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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