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Director of Communications

Organisation : Oaktree

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 6-7 hours/week

Duration of project : <6 months

Skill area : Advocacy

Sector : Community Engagement

Application closing date : 16 Nov, 2021

About the role

Who we are looking for:

The following abilities will need to be demonstrated in the application period to be considered for the Community Engagement team:

  1. Organizational abilities: Calling everyone who is a master with Google Calendar or keeps a dedicated dot journal planner, showing an ability to keep on top of your workload is a must;
  2. Teamwork and leadership: A keen approach to working collaboratively with others, whilst being a critical innovator and initiative-taker (along with a generous dash of humor) are trademark qualities of this team;
  3. Innovation: Coming up with creative solutions to challenges, trying these out, and failing fast is required and celebrated at Oaktree;
  4. A commitment to young people’s wellbeing: At Oaktree, we see best practice as standard practice when it comes to safeguarding children and young All successful volunteers will need to have a Working with Children’s Check and undertake a series of compliance training to work with young people and represent our organization.


These are not mandatory but desired qualities:

  1. Project and event management experience
  2. Facilitation experience for a range of audiences
  3. High written and verbal abilities
  4. Experience in design thinking


Expectations for the 2022 team

As a member of the Community Engagement team, you must be able to meet the following expectations for 2022:

  • Attend monthly Community Engagement meetings, dates to be confirmed at the Welcome Day on Saturday 14 January 2022 from 10am to 4pm;
  • Attend portfolio meetings, to be arranged and confirmed after appointment. First Extended Leadership meeting: Saturday 11 December 2021 from 11am to 2pm;
  • Complete all work assigned and agreed to at a professional and timely standard;
  • Assist in the preparation and execution of:
    • Community Engagement Training Weekend: Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March
    • Week of Live Below the Line: An Oaktree Initiative: Monday 9 to Friday 13 May 2022
    • Major fundraising events between April to September: dates TBD in February 2022
  • Submit a role handover document and portfolio report, due by 31st October, which will conclude the obligations to your Live Below the Line: An Oaktree Initiative concludes 31 June 2022.

Should any of the above expectations not be met, a discussion will be had with the Head of Community Engagement which may lead to a forfeiture of your position.


Role-specific details

As the Director of Communications, you will ensure as many people as possible are aware of what we do and how to support our movement. Leading your team of four, you will manage the implementation and expansion of our brand, connect regularly with our supporters via newsletter updates, empower young people to tell the stories of the work we do through the media industry, guide the development of our website, and growing our social media presence. You will work to liaise across Community Engagement and with our Impact team and fold the narratives of our successes and wins to drive home again and again that young people are powerful agents of change.

Success looks like your team glowing with pride as they work cohesively to tell the accurate and moving stories of Oaktree, learning and utilising professional software, whilst championing the brand and story to make Oaktree an organisation that is renowned for its youth work across the Asia-Pacific to lead systems change.


Portfolio: Communications, and Extended Leadership

Time commitment: 6-7 hours per week (times will vary by roughly 1-2 hours depending on time of year)

Reports to: Head of Community Engagement

Direct reports: Media Relations, External Communications, Social Media, and Brand & Design Coordinators

Applications close: 9am Tuesday 16 November 2021

Application link:


For any questions, queries, concerns and/or humorous anecdotes, please contact Kergen Angel, Head of Community Engagement, at


About the organisation

Organisation name : Oaktree

About Community Engagement

The Community Engagement team works collaboratively together and with other parts of the organization to facilitate transformative experiences that change the way the Australian community understands and acts towards development across the Asia-Pacific.

The Community Engagement team comprises the Communications, Fundraising, Live Below the Line: An Oaktree Initiative, Product Development, and Volunteer Development portfolios. The Community Engagement team’s aim is to build, support and grow our community and therefore our movement of people who want to see young Australians driving sustainable development change.

How to apply

Position Description : Director of Communications EOI 2022

Please quote in application: Director of Communications via Pro Bono Australia.


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