Melbourne Area Coordinators (various areas, volunteer)

  • Part-time volunteer role (5 hours per week approximately)
  • Melbourne-based
  • Flexible hours and work from home
  • 12-month commitment

The Welcome Dinner Project is a major initiative of non-profit organisation joiningthedots. The Welcome Dinner Project has been connecting newly arrived people with established Australians over pot-luck dinners in local homes since March 2013.

The Welcome Dinner Project is looking for volunteers who are passionate about diversity and connection within their community to coordinate Welcome Dinners in Melbourne and grow the project’s potential impact. The  Area Coordinators will be supported and resourced by joiningthedots and collaborate with other Welcome Dinner Project team staff and volunteers. Initial training will be provided. The area coordinator will report to the State Coordinator.

We are interested to hear from people in all areas, but are particularly needing people in, and focussing on: Hobson’s Bay, Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Hume, Monash, Maroondah, Whittlesea, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Monash.  


  • Organising an agreed number of Welcome Dinners (and lunches) over the given period, including all administration, communication with key community partners, promotions, liaising with facilitators, hosts and participants.
  • Developing partnerships with key agencies, council, community groups and institutions to engage both established Australians and newly arrived people in Welcome Dinners.
  • Identifying and where possible, applying for local funding sources and sponsorship.
  • Regularly gathering stories and photos of the Welcome Dinners, reporting and evaluating.
  • Recruiting new volunteers and facilitators from the area if needed
  • Flexible hours, frequent weekend work required. Work from home. You will also be required to attend bi-monthly online team meetings and encouraged to attend quarterly volunteer catch ups. You are also required to communicate with the team on our internal communications tool, Slack.
  • Estimated average hours per week = 5  (excluding attending dinners)


  • Time availability, at least half a day per week or a splitting the hours over the week (this role is generally not suited for people in full time work)
  • Someone who lives in or very close to the local government area
  • Friendly, outgoing people-person, an ability to communicate effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • High degree of self-motivation, initiative and attention to detail
  • Some skills in Microsoft Office tools, Salesforce, Google apps and/or willingness to learn new apps.
  • Familiarity with local community
  • Ability to work in collaboration with a range of institutional partners
  • Some experience with project or event management
  • Some understanding of a variety of issues being faced by newly arrived people to Australia or willingness to learn
  • Experience managing volunteers and leading diverse groups
  • Passion for creating a culture of welcome in Australia
  • Access to your own vehicle would be an advantage.


Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to, using the subject line: Application for Welcome Dinner Project Area Coordinator and state which local government area you wish to coordinate. Thanks for your interest!

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