Projects and Communication Officer

Friday, 17 Feb 2023

The Trawalla Foundation is seeking a passionate and motivated digital native to spearhead key projects and communications.

The Trawalla Foundation is seeking a passionate and motivated digital native to spearhead key projects and communications focused on gender equality and leadership for women. This dynamic and varied role offers an exciting opportunity to flex your project management and communications muscles and develop new skills as part of a bold and high-impact organisation. Working with a small and committed team, you’ll manage a range of Trawalla Foundation and Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) initiatives.

About the role
You’ll drive the delivery of various gender equality initiatives, as well as undertaking grantmaking and communications tasks. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of the Trawalla Foundation and with support from the Administration & Communications Coordinator, your duties will include:


• Project management of key gender-equality initiatives, with a focus on supporting WLIA’s core offerings including:
– Delivery of Pathways to Politics Program for Women (Pathways) national projects
– Engagement of Pathways alumni and university networks
– Other special projects with WLIA Fellows or Women for Media research series

• Leading ongoing digital media, marketing and communications initiatives, including
– Writing newsletters
– Website updates
– Planning and executing online and in-person events
– Social media content production

• Supporting gender-equality and community sector partnerships, including stakeholder management and grants management
• Preparation of board reporting for the Trawalla Foundation and WLIA
• Working closely with the CEO to strategically identify and respond to new opportunities with a focus on gender equality and women in leadership.

This is a junior to mid-level role (i.e. three or more years’ experience) – we’ll provide training, supervision and ongoing support, while giving you the opportunity to make your own mark.

Trawalla Foundation & WLIA are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strongly encourage people from all cultural backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Trawalla Foundation & WLIA work flexibly with a blend of at-home and in-office (Melbourne CBD) that can vary from week to week. We are open to the role being four or five days per week.

About us
Trawalla Foundation: The Trawalla Foundation is the private family foundation for Carol and Alan Schwartz and their children and is led by Sarah Buckley. In November 2020 Carol was recognised with the nation’s highest philanthropic honour, the ‘Leading Philanthropist’ Award by Philanthropy Australia.

The Trawalla Foundation works with exceptional individuals and organisations that have a vision for the future of Australia, focused on strengthening gender equality, creativity, sustainability and social justice within our society. A belief in the value of more female leaders, especially in business, media, and politics, underpins our work. We adopt a range of levers including grants, investments, skills, networks, and advocacy, to deepen the impact of the individuals and organisations that we collaborate with.

Women’s Leadership Institute Australia: The Women’s Leadership Institute Australia
(WLIA) is a not-for-profit organisation, founded by Carol Schwartz AO. In 2021 WLIA celebrated its ten-year anniversary. WLIA is the research and advocacy arm of the Trawalla Foundation, focused on finding the best levers for change to achieve equal voice, equal representation, and equal recognition for women in Australia. We catalyse practical initiatives for change, often in collaboration with strategic partners locally and internationally. Example initiatives include Pathways to Politics Program for Women, Women for Media research series and WLIA Fellowships.

About you
You thrive in an entrepreneurial and fast-paced environment, you are highly motivated, and willing to learn and adapt as needed. You have outstanding communications skills, a demonstrated ability to develop high-quality content and collateral, and are confident managing multiple competing priorities and delivering to deadlines.
You are quick to build strong working relationships with key stakeholders, naturally collaborative, and have an ability to exercise confidentiality with sensitive information. You have a broad understanding of the philanthropic and/or social sectors.

You can work independently and flexibly adapt to challenges and opportunities within a close team environment. You enjoy project managing new and existing initiatives and have a pragmatic and problem-solving mentality. You are highly organised, have strong attention to detail and gain satisfaction from seeing projects through to successful launch or completion.

You have a passion for philanthropy and social innovation and are a supporter of gender equality and growing the critical mass of women in leadership.

You have excellent communication skills, especially in developing clear and compelling written content. You have a working knowledge of some digital marketing and social media platforms, for example Mailchimp, Canva, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter. You are a strong communicator who is keen to create engaging content for a wide audience.
To apply:

Please use this link to apply:
https://wlia.smartygrants.com.au/projectcommsofficer