The Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP) is seeking a 0.2 EFT Community Coordinator 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 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 person with an interest in disability with excellent coordination and relationship building skills, who is interested in coordinating the meaningful involvement of community members in all activities of the CRE-CP program. Parents, carers or persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

The position is based at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne. The role is initially 0.2FTE (one day per week) with flexible working hours and is supported by a Community Engagement Advisory Committee.

You will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining a community forum. This forum provides opportunities for researchers to connect with the community about research-related queries, 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 facilitating good relationships. All CRE-CP research projects wish to have a community member on their advisory committee or engaged in feedback forums. The community coordinator will carefully match interested community members to research projects, and help to build rapport and support the on-going relationship.
  • Providing guidance to community members and researchers in methods of engagement (training will be provided) and helping to write family-friendly project outcomes and newsletters.
  • Championing community engagement in all aspects of the CRE-CP. Seek new opportunities for engagement and ways to improve community participation in research projects.
  • Documenting processes and develop a transferrable model. Record successes and failures alike, providing guidance on effective community engagement for future research groups.
  • Contributing to a broader strategy of 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
  • Previous experience building partnerships and leading initiatives (community engagement experience desirable but not essential)
  • 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

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: $50,514 – $67,611 (dependent upon qualifications and experience) pro rata per annum plus super.

Position Description

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Application guidelines

Please visit the MCRI Careers page here to apply

Close Date: Monday 24 July 2017 – 9am

For more information on this position please contact Tessa Devries on 03 9936 6087 or 0403 860 944.