Gabba Ward Multicultural Community Organiser

Remuneration: $30/hr, 7.5 hours/week
Start date: Week beginning 17 September (negotiable)
Workload: 0.2 full-time equivalent, guaranteed funding until March 2020 (possibility of extension depending on 2020 election outcome)
Applications due: 7am, Monday, 27 August

Are you an unpaid community organiser involved in a project that seeks to redress systemic racism, colonisation, and/or imperialism?

We're seeking a self-motivated, enthusiastic activist to join our team at the Gabba Ward Office. The specifics of the role are up for discussion and can be tailored to fit an existing project you are already working on. Essentially this is an opportunity to write your own job description, and/or get paid to build upon work you’re already doing.

We see a gap in the current landscape. Many community organisers are doing essential work helping individuals with their immediate day-to-day needs, however this work is not necessarily translating to broader community empowerment and systemic transformation. We want to pay someone to do proactive work focussed on systemic and structural change rather than just service delivery.

As an applicant, you should be able to explain how the work you are already doing is helping to push back against systemic racism, colonisation and/or imperialism, and show how working part-time through our office would help augment your capacity and extend the scope of your existing work.

We also welcome applications from people with a thought-out concept, half-baked idea, or project plan that fits the above guidelines but might not have kicked off due to a lack of resources (whether time or material).

The successful applicant will have:

  • An existing project underway that seeks to challenge systemic racism, colonisation, and/or imperialism, or a new project proposal that fills a current gap

  • Strong personal connections to communities of colour/First Nations communities

  • Significant community campaign experience

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • The ability to prioritise tasks and work with minimal supervision

The successful applicant might also have some of the following desirable skills/experiences:

  • Fluency in languages other than English

  • Blue Card (Working with Children clearance)

  • Open Driving License

  • Community event and forum organising experience

We are of the view that prisons are racist institutions that should be abolished. As such criminal history is not a barrier to employment. In fact, we specifically encourage previously incarcerated people to apply.

People of Colour and First Nations people, especially women and non-binary folk, are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a covering letter (aim for no more than 400 words) and a two-page resume to thegabba.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au by 7am, Monday 27 August with ‘Application for Multicultural Community Liaison Officer’ in the subject line.

The covering letter should explain the project you are working on, how it addresses structural racism, colonialism, and/or imperialism, and how working in close collaboration with the Gabba Ward Office would benefit the project.

This role will be structured as an independent contractor who invoices the office for services, however you will be given paid holiday leave at the same rate as other office staff.