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Diversity & Inclusions Officer

Organisation : Environmental Film Festival Australia

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 4-8 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 4 – 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               Operations Manager

About the role

EFFA is setting up its first Accessibility, Inclusions & Diversity Team, to ensure the festival is representative, inclusive and doing things right. The aim of the team is to develop a long-term strategy, alongside processes and procedures to increase our capacity around providing inclusion and access for the festival, as well as to work with the programming teams to develop engaging, inclusive and representative content.

The Diversity & Inclusions Officer will work to develop and implement this strategy. You’ll collaborate closely with the Programming teams to ensure film, panels, arts and other content is both appropriate and representative. You will also work with other departments to ensure our language, ways of working and operation is produced correctly. You will be the expert for EFFA and will be listened to, giving you scope to really impact on and form the festival for the future. This a newly created position and team, and as such there will be significant scope for the successful applicant to develop the role.

This is a voluntary position, running from September 2020 to late February 2021 with the possibility of extension. The average time commitment is approximately 4 – 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 meetings throughout the year.

Please note: While we envision this being an ongoing role of both developing and implementing a long term plan, we do welcome applications from those who wish to undertake a more consultative role of developing the plan and strategy as a standalone project.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with the Operations team to develop a Diversity & Inclusions Action Plan
  • Support the Director in ensuring that EFFA is representative and inclusive of all voices – both internally and within festival content
  • Work with the Accessibility, Inclusions & Diversity Team and wider organisation to ensure the celebration of unique and diverse voices in Sustainability.
  • Work closely with partners, organisations and companies to increase participation in EFFA for a wide range of guests and audience members
  • Occasional review of film, art and other content and providing expert advice to sensitive discussions around programming
  • Support the Programming, Impact and Event teams to ensure events and activities are in line with and appropriately honour film content and to ensure our panels and speakers are representative of the world in which we live

About us

The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is an entirely volunteer-run organisation, operating in Melbourne since 2010.

EFFA 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
  • Enjoy complimentary access to EFFA screenings and events

About you

You are a passionate individual who knows their stuff and is able to effectively and empathetically communicate with a wide range of people.

You will relish the opportunity to establish and implement EFFA’s policies around inclusion and diversity and love developing processes and procedures to make things work.

Inspired to change the festival landscape, you’re someone who is informed, innovative, well-organised and who loves learning. As part of a new team, you’ll work well with others and be collaborative in your approach, but also enjoy the autonomy of working remotely and coordinating your own projects.

Working within a small, dynamic team, you will liaise across different departments to ensure policy is communicated and implemented festival wide. As the expert in your area, you’ll be our trusted advisor and will thrive in a situation where you can truly make a difference. And for those times where you don’t know the answer, you’ll be proactive in finding connections and the right people to ask.

Part of the role will include reviewing content and advising teams on how to ensure our programme is diverse, representative and equal. You’ll be guiding us to make change – and chances are you’ve already noted at least 10 things in this job description that you’d recommend changes for.

Key selection criteria


  • Relevant lived experience
  • Relevant experience within an arts, film, festival, events, environmental, community development, not for profit, events, Governmental, and/or Educational environment
  • Passion, dedication and knowledge in achieving inclusion and diversity
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven capacity for self-motivation and an ability to work independently
  • A current Working With Children Check, or willingness to acquire one (at EFFA’s expense)


  • Experience in events management and/or festivals
  • An interest in contemporary environmental issues at a local, national and international level
  • A passion for film, particularly documentaries, shorts and issues-based cinema
  • High-level research skills and a good working knowledge of Google Suite (Gmail, Sheets and Docs), Slack, Zoom and Basecamp, or similar, or ability to learn

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 Operations Manager Freyja Gillard 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. 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

Freyja Gillard

Email :

Please quote in application: Diversity & Inclusions Officer via Pro Bono Australia.



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