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RAP Officer

Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project

About the Rights Advocacy Project Officer

This role is newly-created to support the work of the Rights Advocacy Project (RAP) Steering Committee in running the program and executing RAP’s mission. The RAP Officer is employed by Liberty Victoria and is the only paid employee for RAP. The RAP Officer reports to the RAP Steering Committee on a day-to-day basis and is responsible for driving our fundraising goals, communicating with our supporters and volunteers and enabling the efficient operation of our program. The RAP Officer also reports to the Liberty Victoria Executive Officer and Liberty Victoria Management Committee on employment and Liberty Victoria operational issues.

This role is for someone who is passionate about social justice and law reform, and wants to work with emerging advocates in creating fairer laws and policies.

The position is funded for 15 hours/two days per week initially on a six-month contract, which we hope to be able to extend. The RAP Officer will work remotely until at least March 2021, and then from the Liberty Victoria Office or remotely by agreement.

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications in line with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010. At the time of writing this ranges from $957.60 to $1,026.70 per week, pro-rata (between $383.04 - $410.68 per week for 15 hours/two days).

Given this is a short-term role, applicants who have demonstrated experience in identifying fundraising opportunities in the not-for-profit sector will be regarded favourably.

Key Responsibilities

Fundraising

  • Establishing and managing RAP’s fundraising platforms and related fundraising programs/events
  • Researching potential sources for grants funding and preparing and submitting proposals and grant applications
  • Working with the Steering Committee in sourcing and applying for new fundraising opportunities

Communications

  • Establishing and managing the RAP Alumni Network
  • Managing RAP’s external email list
  • Drafting and posting regularly on RAP’s Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin with updates about recruitment, our work and the program
  • Establishing an external communication and stakeholder database (e.g. a CRM)
  • Promoting the program and providing administrative support in recruiting program advocates

Administration

  • General administrative duties including:
    • Managing the RAP inbox
    • Responding to or coordinating responses to emails from internal and external stakeholders
    • Organising and providing support to run meetings, training sessions, working bees and program and fundraising events
    • Sending emails and reminders
  • Updating internal communications and documents (including training material, guides and resources)
  • Website and social media updating (including copyediting)
  • Attending and reporting to the Steering Committee at monthly meetings (currently held every second Tuesday of the month)

Key Selection Criteria

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Well organised, has excellent administration skills and who enjoys good systems and processes
  • A self-starter who is also a team player and shows initiative
  • Proficient with technology (e.g. Word, Excel, Google Drive, WordPress)
  • An excellent communicator and can write well for a range of audiences
  • Comfortable talking to a diverse range of people and stakeholders

Prior experience in any of the following will be viewed favourably:

  • Human rights, law, policy or social justice
  • Events management
  • Community organising and campaigns
  • Grant writing and fundraising
  • WordPress website management and/or basic graphic design skills
  • Media, social media and communications
  • Working or volunteering for a not-for-profit
  • Working with committees

About the RAP

RAP is a community of lawyers and activists working to advance human rights in Australia. Our mission is to empower and connect the next generation of human rights reformers by training and supporting them to advocate for fairer laws and policies.

RAP connects teams of early-career human rights advocates, known as program advocates, with established human rights advocates in an 18-month program where they work on strategic and high impact law reform projects.

Empowering the next generation

  • We provide program advocates with knowledge and tools about law reform and campaigning so they can design and deliver projects
  • We foster a community of human rights advocates

Our projects

  • Our work is focused on solutions and change
  • Our work is strategic and targets long-term law reform issues
  • Our work adds value
  • Our work is rigorous
  • Our work is clear, persuasive and accessible

RAP’s work is led by a Steering Committee of volunteer members. See the RAP website for a list of the Steering Committee members.

About Liberty Victoria

RAP is part of Liberty Victoria, an independent non-government organisation that has a long and proud history of campaigning to defend and extend human rights and civil liberties. The current President of Liberty Victoria is Julia Kretzenbacher.

Liberty Victoria supports the RAP program as a means of fostering emerging human rights advocates and engaging younger people in its work.

The work of Liberty Victoria is supported by members of the public who pay a membership fee. The organisation is run by two voluntary committees (Policy Committee and Management Committee) and one part-time employee, Grace Girardi, Executive Officer. The Management Committee focuses primarily on administration of Liberty Victoria, events, fundraising and communications while the Policy Committee provides submissions to governments, responds to public debate on civil rights and fosters the development of human rights advocates. Members of the Management Committee and Policy Committee meet once a month. See the Liberty Victoria website for a list of the Committee members.

For further information, go to www.libertyvic.rightsadvocacy.org.au or please contact us at rap@libertyvictoria.org.au using the subject line: Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

RAP is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. We encourage people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to apply for this position. We will make reasonable adjustments where possible for people with disabilities.

A position description is attached.

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