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Community Engagement Coordinator

Organisation : Environmental Film Festival Australia

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 6-8 hours per week

Duration of project : 6 months

Skill area : Administration & Office Support, Events

Sector : Arts & Culture

Posted on : 12 Aug, 2020

About the role

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land across Victoria and Australia.  We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.  We live, work and play on stolen lands for which sovereignty has never been ceded.

Always has been, always will be Aboriginal land.


Dates                         September 2020 – February 2021 (with potential to extend)

Hours                       Approximately 6 – 8 hours a week, increasing during the Festival and other peak periods. Hours will vary to fit around your other commitments

Remuneration      None – Volunteer role, any relevant expenses covered

Location                  Remote working, with regular Zoom meetings

Reports to               Impact Manager

About the role

EFFA is Australia’s leading film festival dedicated entirely to highlighting the world’s best environmental films and impact campaigns. EFFA seeks an experienced Community Engagement Coordinator who is empowered to support a bold and compelling annual program of multi-disciplinary events and projects that empower, educate and engage our audiences, in partnership with industry leaders and communities. EFFA’s commitment to First Nations storytelling is central to informing our work.

Community Engagement Coordinators are capable project managers who can translate strategy set by the organisation into action. Working closely with the Impact team, you will have skills to foster and manage relationships with external arts and environmental industries, as well as support the measuring of the impact of the festival on our audiences. As part of the Impact team, you will work alongside other teams that are responsible for film programming, marketing and partnerships and development. The successful applicant will gain invaluable practical experience, develop broad networks and establish industry connections.

This is a voluntary position, running from September 2020 to late February 2021 with the possibility of extension. The average time commitment is approximately 5-8 hours per week, with more time required closer to the festival. Hours will vary and are flexible to suit around your other commitments. You will be predominantly working remotely, with regular virtual meetings throughout the year.

Key responsibilities

  • Research ways to engage EFFA’s existing and new audiences
  • Design, plan and implement community engagement programs and initiatives
  • Watch the films chosen for the program and support researching key issues to identify relevant experts, organisations and calls to action, if needed
  • Contact and develop relationships with partner organisations, individual and groups, as agreed with the Impact Manager
  • Research campaign ideas and assist in the development of campaign strategies and develop methods to monitor the impact of the festival and its activities
  • Connect community members, organisations, businesses and specially invited guests with each other, ensuring increased engagement with EFFA’s existing and new audiences
  • Support the evaluation of impact outcomes

About us

The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is an entirely volunteer-run organisation.

EFFA, established in 2010, is more than just a film festival – it’s a catalyst for positive and sustainable change. We inform, inspire, entertain and educate audiences of all ages, sharing films from around the world. Our key mission is to showcase great cinema and art that champions the people, organisations and projects protecting our environment, celebrates nature, flora, fauna and wildlife, and illustrates the unprecedented global threats our world faces, such as climate change, food sustainability, habitat loss and pollution.

Our annual festival includes screenings, art exhibitions, panel discussions, parties and special events. We also run smaller events throughout the year, including digitally. Visit to find out more.

Benefits of volunteering

EFFA has a passionate, values-driven and diverse team who were attracted to the festival for a multitude of reasons: from bringing unique perspectives to the big screen to harnessing their unique skill sets to enact social change. EFFA provides an opportunity to gain experience in a leading arts festival and to help contribute to a better world.  By being part of EFFA, you’ll:

  • Inspire audiences of all ages to make positive and sustainable change, as we tackle the biggest challenges the world has ever faced
  • Work with and promote the world’s best environmental filmmakers and artists, while being part of one of Australia’s most notable sustainability events
  • Complimentary access to EFFA screenings and events

About you

As someone who keeps up-to-date with local environmental organisations, topics, experts and thought-leaders, you will have your finger on the pulse and be brimming with ideas to engage Melbourne’s local and diverse communities with meaningful and impactful experiences.

A creative researcher and natural collaborator, you are interested in having a real impact on people’s lives and using arts and culture to make a difference.

Key selection criteria


  • Knowledge of local environmental and arts organisations and groups
  • Experience working on impact, activist of change campaigns (through a marketing, social science or lobbying context), and/or experience in coordinating panel discussions, identifying speakers and interesting organisations, and/or other relevant experience with transferable skills
  • Awareness and understanding around issues of inclusiveness and accessibility, including representation
  • Strong relationship and stakeholder management skills
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Highly organised and a self-starter
  • A current Working With Children Check and a Police Check, or willingness to acquire them (at EFFA’s expense)


  • Experience in measuring the impact of campaigns (for example, through research, surveys, data)
  • Experience working in the arts, film, festival, environmental or not-for-profit sector
  • An interest in contemporary environmental issues at a local, national and international level
  • A passion for film, particularly documentaries, shorts and issues-based cinema

How to apply

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the Key Selection Criteria outlined above and why you would like to volunteer for EFFA to Impact Manager Carolin Saan at

Applications are due by Midnight on Wednesday 16 September and will be assessed as they are received so please apply as soon as possible.

We welcome applications from people of all abilities, cultures and backgrounds, however you must be aged between 18 and 25 to be eligible for this role. We encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples to apply. Candidates’ access requirements will be met during the interview process and in an ongoing capacity to ensure success in the role. 

About the organisation

Organisation name : Environmental Film Festival Australia
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

For details concerning this role , please contact

Carolin Saan

Email :

Please quote in application: Community Engagement Coordinator via Pro Bono Australia.


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