Community Development Coordinator

Jesuit Refugee Service

Applications Closing: Monday, July 15, 2019 - 17:00

This exciting position requires a community development professional who is passionate about supporting people seeking asylum.

About the organisation:

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

About the position:

The Community Development Coordinator is responsible for the planning and/or co-design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of social, educational, cultural and wellbeing programs and events focussed on the self-empowerment and wellbeing of people seeking asylum. The Community Development Coordinator reports to JRS’ Arrupe Project Manager.

In partnership with others, the Community Development Coordinator will ensure that those who are marginalised and excluded from society are included and supported to gain and strengthen self-confidence to increase their engagement with the local community and to assert their rights, with a particular focus on youth-led programs.

The Community Development Coordinator will also work with the Volunteer Coordinators, to recruit and roster volunteers across various program areas, with a particular focus on promoting client-volunteering.


  • Minimum three years’ work experience in community development, international development, human rights, community/social services or similar.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in community development, social work, human rights, international development, or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating workshops and forums, including delivering capacity building training.
  • Demonstrated ability to consult, identify, implement, and monitor and evaluate community development initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with people who are in the process of seeking asylum and/or with people from refugee backgrounds or migrants in vulnerable situations, as well as a high level of cross-cultural awareness.
  • Outstanding networking skills and experience building and maintaining partnerships with key partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Capacity to manage competing deadlines, prioritise workload appropriately and work in a flexible manner.
  • Adherence to the mission and values of Jesuit Refugee Services and the Australian Jesuit Province.
  • Commitment to human rights, gender equality and social justice and a passion for the rights of people seeking asylum and refugees.
  • Commitment to working within current Equal Employment opportunities (EEO), Work Health and Safety (WH&S), and child protection legislation.


  • Fluent in a relevant community language.
  • People from refugee backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in advocacy on refugee and asylum issues.
  • Experience in youth work or in supporting youth-led programs or initiatives.


SCHCADS Level 5.1 This is a five days per week position (1.0 FTE). Applicants will be subject to a Working with Children Check and the National Criminal Record Check.

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Category: Care & Support Work, Management
Field: Multiculturalism & Diversity
Employment basis: Full-time
Job Location: Western Sydney
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How to apply

To apply, please address all of the selection criteria and send your response, along with your resume and a cover letter to: by COB on Monday, 15th July 2019

For further information about the position contact: Maeve Brown, Manager – The Arrupe Project: or 02 9098 9336

Date posted: 01 July 2019

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