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Director of Volunteer Development

Organisation : Oaktree

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 4-5 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 Volunteer Development, you will lead your team of two to create and facilitate a suite of volunteer development and engagement activities for our core, alumnus and supporting community of volunteers. You will cultivate, build and make exciting for our community of volunteers Oaktree as an organisation to be a part of, by providing fun, interesting and insightful opportunities for growth, development and connection. You and your team will be stewards of this community, demonstrating the strength and expanse of Oaktree volunteers and the movement of people who wish to see young people lead systems change across the Asia-Pacific. You will also provide volunteers with regular opportunities to support other teams’ initiatives including such things as fundraising events, telethons, or campaigns.


Success looks like, because of your leadership and support, Oaktree being a place where hundreds of volunteers see our community as being a fun and inspiring place to be in, whilst having opportunities to develop personally and professionally, and connect with others.


Portfolio: Volunteer Development, and Extended Leadership

Time commitment: 4-5 hours per week (times will vary by roughly 1-2 hours depending on time of year)

Reports to: Head of Community Engagement

Direct reports: Volunteer Development Coordinators (x2)

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

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


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