Fossil Free Melbourne University

Did you know that Melbourne University is investing in fossil fuels? By continuing to support this reckless industry, the University is profiting at the expense of its students and their futures.

It’s time for Melbourne University to show its true commitment to sustainability, and join the world movement towards a prosperous low-carbon economy. 

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Community Engagement Coordinator

The Community Engagement Coordinator will be a vital and highly valued role within the Fossil Free MU Team. Those working in this role will be responsible for ensuring there is ongoing and effective engagement with the University community by Fossil Free MU campaigners. They will work closely with communications volunteers to take important messages of the campaign and communicate them to the University community on the ground. This will involve a range of tactics, including stalls, lecture-bashing, postering and flyering. The goal of these tactics will be to garner wide-reaching community support in the form of petition signatures, social media likes and follows, postcards sent to decision-makers, attendance at actions, growing the mailing list and volunteer base and other signs of support such as wearing an orange felt square.

Those carrying out this role will have a good understanding of the 2014 campaign goals and strategies in order to tailor community engagement activities to reaching these goals. An understanding of campaign strategy is not a prerequisite for selection and any new volunteer taking on this role will go through an induction process in order to acquire this understanding.

It is recommended that this role be shared between two people.

Key tasks

  • Scheduling community engagement activities on a regular basis.

  • Communicating these activities through internal mailing list, Facebook organisers group and meetings.

  • Coordinating volunteers for community engagement activities. This includes ensuring there are ample volunteers for engagement activities, as well as making sure volunteers have sufficient information and resources to carry out activities.

  • Reporting back on community engagement activities to campaign team at regular meetings (written or verbal).

  • Assessing efficacy of activities and varying tactics based on these assessments. For example, the Community Engagement Coordinator may decide to put more emphasis on lecture-bashing if stalls are not meeting campaign goals.

  • Assessing efficacy of campaign materials and communicating with campaign coordinator and communications team about any changes/updates of materials required.

  • Scheduling community engagement training sessions for new volunteers when necessary. Although the community engagement coordinator will be expected to play some role in delivering the training, they will receive considerable support from other campaign team members.

Time commitment

1 day per week

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Fossil Free Melbourne University acknowledge that as an organisation we meet and work on the land of the Wurundjeri in the Kulin nations. We pay respect to their Elders past and present, and acknowledge the pivotal role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the Australian community.