The Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP) is seeking a 0.2 EFT Community Coordinator (Project Assistant) on a fixed term contract until February 2019 to join the CRE-CP team at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

The CRE-CP is committed to ensuring parents, carers or persons with disability inform all stages of the research and education program to ensure outcomes are meaningful and relevant. To optimise community engagement, the CRE-CP is seeking a Community Coordinator (Project Assistant) who will lead the effective implementation of community engagement in all aspects of the program. This is an exciting development for the CRE-CP and a unique opportunity for the right candidate to lead a new approach to effective community engagement. The role would suit a parent, carer or person with disability (or with a personal connection to cerebral palsy) with excellent communication skills who is interested in coordinating the meaningful involvement of community members in all activities of the CRE-CP program.

The position is based at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne. The role is 0.2FTE with flexible working hours and is supported by a Community Engagement Advisory Committee.

You will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining and facilitating a community forum. This forum will provide opportunities for researchers to ask the community for feedback or advice, and for the community to ask researchers about research findings or papers. The community coordinator will seek appropriate community members, liaise with researchers and maintain the discussion forum
  • Matching interested community members to research projects and facilitate a good relationship. Carefully matching interested community members to research projects, and helping to build rapport and support the on-going relationship.
  • Championing community engagement in all aspects of the CRE-CP. Seeking new opportunities for engagement and ways to improve community participation in research endeavours.
  • Documenting processes and developing a transferrable model. Record successes and failures alike, providing guidance on effective community engagement for future research groups.
  • Providing guidance to community members and researchers in methods of engagement (training will be provided)
  • Contributing to a broader approach to systemic engagement of people in cerebral palsy research.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Working with Children & National Police Clearance (if appointed)
  • A tertiary qualification in a related discipline plus an appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills, including social media & online engagement
  • High level organisational and coordination skills
  • Ability to liaise effectively with wide range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act creatively, resourcefully and strategically
  • An open minded and flexible approach; taking into account other people’s priorities and viewpoints
  • Vision and the ability to focus on big picture goals
  • Lived experience of cerebral palsy Desirable
  • Established community networks Desirable
  • Previous experience on boards, committees or projects, including school-based settings Desirable

Organisational Relationships

  • Reports to CRE-CP Project Manager, supported by a Community Engagement Advisory Committee for guidance and sharing of ideas.
  • Engage with all investigators, students and researchers within the CRE-CP team
  • Engage with a wide range of community members

 Key Challenges

  • Finding new and creative ways to implement community engagement in a range of projects
  • Building and maintaining rapport with community members and researchers
  • Relating to the wider cerebral palsy community and remaining neutral

Salary Range: $47,137 – $57,921 (pro rata) per annum plus super

Position Description

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Application guidelines

To apply please for this position please email with your written application. Your application must include a Cover Letter, Resume and addressed Selection Criteria.

Close Date: Friday 14 July 11:59pm.

For more information on this position please contact Tessa Devries on 03 9936 6087.