Welcome Dinner Project Tasmania – State Co-coordinator

  • Part-time position: 6 hours per week (3 hours paid) in Southern Tasmania
  • $35.66 per hour + 9.5% superannuation + travel/phone allowance
  • 12-month contract with the possibility of extension, subject to funding

WDP has been running in Tasmania since 2014 and now has a significant amount of momentum and community interest. Current funding partner are the University of Tasmania and WD Booth Trust. We have held many community and home dinners in Hobart and Launceston and have an increasing focus on engaging students of the University this coming year. We have a dedicated group of volunteers and collaborative relationships with local councils, other NFP’s and businesses throughout Tasmania.

The Welcome Dinner Project Tasmania is currently looking for a second State Coordinator to oversee the continued growth of the project in Hobart, Launceston and potential other key regional areas to start in January 2018.

This role is focused on building strategic relationships to ensure the sustainability of the project as well as overseeing operations, which involves mainly administrative tasks.

You will work alongside another State coordinator and form a close-knit team. The state coordinators are supported by an active team of volunteers, a volunteer coordinator in Launceston and a national team of State and Regional Coordinators.

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

The ideal candidate will have:


  • Experience in community development with a particular focus on operations and strategic planning.
  • Excellent administrative, communication and social media skills.
  • Comfortable working in a small team, as well as a high degree of self-motivation and the ability to work independently without direct supervision.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including ability to establish successful partnerships and  manage diverse relationships, including state government, council and community groups.
  • A passion for creating a strong culture of welcome and socially cohesive communities.
  • The flexibility to work across different days and hours and an openness to work extra hours on volunteer basis.


  • Confidence to present to groups.
  • Ability to identify and secure sustainable funding and other income sources.
  • Access and willingness to use your own vehicle would be an advantage.
  • Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and an understanding of the settlement issues faced by people new to Australia.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Administration tasks including database upkeep and update, accounts, grant applications and acquittals
  • Build and strengthen relationships with key agencies, groups and institutions.
  • Strategic planning leading to the continual improvement of the model and processes.
  • Strengthen our community engagement and social impact strategies, especially in areas with large numbers of newly arrived.
  • Coordinate and organise Home and Community Dinners in Hobart and partly Launceston
  • Communicating with supporters, volunteers and community through blogs, newsletters, social media, email, and management of volunteer Facilitators
  • Create strong media contacts to help promotion of events
  • Strengthen volunteer engagement and develop training opportunities for established volunteers
  • Explore other potential regions to benefit from the WDP in Tasmania

To apply, please submit a cover letter (at least 1 page) and your resume to Lisa on tasmania@welcomedinnerproject.org by 2nd January 2017. Your cover letter needs to include explanation about your interest in the project and how your previous experiences and personal motivations match with the requirement of the role.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa via phone on 0421 147 202 or tasmania@welcomedinnerproject.org.

Please note, only those who have reached the interview stage will be contacted. Interviews will be held in the second week of January.


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