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Challenge Series Coordinator

Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • Role type: 0.8 FTE, Permanent
  • Salary: $65,000 - $75,000 base salary, + 9.5% superannuation. Salary packaging option available
  • Location: EWB’s office, 552 Victoria St North Melbourne, Vic, Australia (Option for remote work available)
  • Work status: Must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand or hold a relevant working visa.

About EWB

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a member-based, for-purpose organisation with our National Office and staff team located in Melbourne and volunteer chapters in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and ACT.

EWB works within Australia and overseas to improve the knowledge and physical resources of people in need via grassroots engineering programs, capacity development, and sector leadership.

With over fifteen years’ experience, EWB has three major focus areas:

  1. Developing technology to alleviate poverty and accelerate inclusive sustainable development;
  2. Redefining engineering as a profession providing stewardship and leadership for a more equitable and sustainable world and;
  3. Inspiring and mobilising a global community who believe in a world where technology benefits all.

At EWB, we strongly believe that every engineer can be a change agent for a socially just and sustainable world. This belief drives EWB to lead a movement of like-minded individuals and companies working together to ensure technology is developed to make the world a better place for all.

Role summary and key responsibilities

Role Purpose

To ensure Australian universities have access to relevant, effective, and curriculum-integrated education programs that enable the development of graduates who are Technology Stewards.


This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join EWB Australia’s engineering education team and shape its future direction as the organisation launches its Beyond 2020 strategy. This role will be the focal point of our engagement with 30 universities around Australia and will work across, and collaborate with, all areas of EWB Australia. Critically this role will be responsible for the delivery of a suite of leading-edge programs that are essential to achieve our theory of change.

EWB has been working with university and community partners to deliver unique, impactful student learning experiences for over a decade. Participants in EWB education programs develop an understanding of the social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities of professional engineers along with an appreciation of the skills required to act on this responsibility. By equipping members of the technical-engineering sector with this understanding and awareness, the programs aim to create a fundamental shift in the capacity of the engineering sector to support positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes with communities.

EWB’s curriculum-integrated education series currently includes the EWB Challenge, Tech Challenge, and Research Challenge. These programs present unique opportunities for students to explore and develop broad professional engineering skills through engaging with authentic, real-world project briefs with the potential to lead to positive community impact. Through access to these resources alongside training and stakeholder engagement opportunities, academics are empowered to shape future engineers who will be sustainability-driven and community-focused in their future professional lives.

EWB’s education programs are continually evolving to grow with and respond to the Australian engineering education sector. A strong link with universities is required to ensure EWB’s education programs continue to be relevant, accessible, and of unique value.

Key responsibilities will include:

  1. Ensure that EWB Challenge Series activities are planned, communicated, and delivered efficiently, effectively, consistently and in accordance with university partner needs.
  2. Lead the development of community-centred project briefs and multimedia resources for the EWB Challenge Series in coordination with the EWB Engineering team
  3. Support a student learning journey through the EWB Challenge Series including engaging with discussion forums, workshops, guest lectures, and other platforms.
  4. Drive continuous improvement of the EWB Challenge Series through proactive engagement with stakeholders and robust monitoring and evaluation systems
  5. Support and strengthen relationships with university program partners through engagement and communication materials which clearly speak to EWB’s unique value proposition in the university sector
  6. Support the delivery of university-facing events including awards presentations and project showcases

Selection Criteria

You will have demonstrated success in and/or proven knowledge in:

  • Designing and delivering programs or curriculum in the university sector;
  • Engineering, sustainability, appropriate technology or development practice;
  • Partnership management and co-creating value with diverse stakeholders;
  • Delivering lectures and/or workshops with varied audiences;
  • Engaging with students to facilitate learning outcomes associated with technology stewardship and sustainable development practice.

This role will require you to:

  • Be confident working in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environments;
  • Contribute learning, ideas, feedback, and knowledge across the EWB’s team and a network of academics;
  • Proactively engage with a wide range of stakeholders and appropriately identify and respond to opportunities and challenges presented;
  • Find inspiration in the potential of the university sector affiliated with EWB’s and our programs;
  • Constantly seek opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of EWB’s programs.

A position description is attached.

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