Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
At EWB, we strongly believe that every engineer can be a change agent for a socially just and sustainable world. This belief drives EWB to lead a movement of like-minded individuals and companies working together to increase the social impact created by Australian and international engineers and their projects.
EWB’s way of working is different. We are fun, flat and flexible! EWB empowers our staff to make important strategic decisions, wear multiple hats across our core work areas, and play to their strengths whilst working within agile teams. If you are a self-driven high performer who wants to join an organisation that values innovation and people development, we’d love to hear from you.
About your role
EWB’s chapter and volunteer network is the face of the humanitarian engineering movement in Australia. This movement is now reaching critical mass and is poised to take a step forward in how it strengthens and supports communities across Australia and overseas.
The Volunteer Outreach Lead is a catalyser and direct supporter of this movement. Your role as the key contact point between EWB Head Office and the Regions, will be to connect the dots between the two, addressing challenges and opportunities to innovate and improve. You’ll embed the importance and involvement of volunteers across EWB’s leadership and staff. You’ll also advocate for and articulate the tangible impact developed in EWB’s chapters, to internal and external stakeholders.
A self-starter, you take pride in holding yourself accountable for your results. The Director of Australia Programs will fully empower you to oversee EWB’s volunteer program, providing you ‘light touch’ support as needed. A problem-solver, you love the nuts and bolts of volunteer coordination and can work at the micro and macro level when required. While you are certainly capable of strategising how EWB’s Regions build their effectiveness, your willingness to ‘do’ is crucial to your success.
Applying your leadership skills with your volunteer management experience, you’ll collaborate with EWB’s staff and volunteers to skill-build and support EWB’s volunteer leaders in Australia. You’ll also provide the necessary communication, systems and resources for them to input effectively at a local level.
Your natural affinity for participatory leadership means you’ll drive EWB’s strategic thinking on our volunteer impact together with chapters, so we achieve our aims as ‘OneEWB’. You’ll also coach staff and chapter leadership to build the volunteer program and school outreach program financial sustainability.
Facilitation experience and your ability to enact participatory approaches with diverse stakeholder groups is key. You may be required to lead ‘train the trainer’ sessions with volunteers and corporates, deliver outreach workshops with schools and broker new partnerships to innovate the program where appropriate.
Your key responsibilities
Volunteer engagement (40%) and School Outreach program support (40%)
Coach six Region chapter presidents, 15 University Chapter Presidents and chapter volunteers to:
Event management, fundraising and business development (15%)
Strategy and inter-program support (5%)
Note: % breakdown is indicative so can change based on work plan, events, activities across the year