Part-Time Community Connector
In response to the challenges caused by COVID-19, the Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre, in collaboration with other local community centres is exploring and launching a series of projects. Our focus areas are supporting community connectedness (especially our seniors in isolation), food security and communication with the wider community. A large part of this project involves the creation of a local community newsletter. This will be in collaboration with other Community Centres and community members. Our philosophy of work is strengths based Community-Led Development where we empower the community to be the leaders in meeting their own needs and desires. We are a small team of a Community Activator and a Centre Manager. The purpose of this role is to respond to the highlighted and exacerbated needs in our local community as a result of COVID-19.
-Working in a team with the Community Activator to coordinate, support or run events, services, projects and initiatives. Managing volunteers.
-Following a process of Community Led Development to support/initiate new projects. Listening to the community for needs, strengths, possible projects and ways to collaborate.
-Initiating & managing a new Miramar Peninsula/Te Motu Kairangi newsletter/zine. Designing a template, producing pieces of writing. Finding sustainable funding sources for the newsletter/zine. Liaising with local organisations and groups.
-Networking, Collaborating & Community Outreach. E.g. connecting and communicating with local groups, organisations, community members, collaboration with local Community Centres, schools etc.
-Promoting the Community Centre. Advertising: social media, website management, poster creation etc.
There is some flexibility in role responsibilities. The nature of working closely with the Community Activator means we will align exact responsibilities according to the candidates’s skillset.
What skills/attributes we’re looking for
-Community Led Development: Understanding of community led development and a passion for social change is imperative to this role. Ability to be patient, listen and support/empower others to be community leaders. This skill does not necessarily need to have formal training.
-Te Tiriti: Commitment to and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, preferably with some knowledge of tikanga and/or te reo Māori.
-People skills: A people person who is sensitive and comfortable with others from different backgrounds and cultures. Able to work in a team and support other staff collaboratively.
-Communication Skills: Excellent written, online (especially social media) and verbal communication skills.
-Experience preferable with design programs – e.g. Adobe Creative Suite or online tools like Canva.
-Project Management Skills: Proven experience meeting deadlines, planning and facilitating meetings/events.
-Able to sometimes work alone and manage their own workload
-Able to take initiative and problem solve.
-Local Knowledge: Knowledge of/experience working in the Te Motu Kairangi area, as well as knowledge of/connections to local organisations and services.
-Lived Experience: Your lived experience is a strength. We ideally would like someone who has personal understanding of hardship or challenge relevant to this work. We highly encourage tangata whenua, those from minority groups, diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.
-Relevant work experience in a similar field is a bonus.
This role is for 20 hours a week on a 12 month fixed-term contract. This will be based out of the Miramar & Maupuia Community Centre but involves collaboration with other local organisations and Community Centres. The hours may be able to be worked flexibly to your schedule. Occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required.
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