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Church and Community Engagement Lead - NSW (Sydney) - Maternity Leave, 6 month role

Staff Vacancies

Use your relationship building and project management skills as a ‘change inspirer’ to develop strong partnerships with leaders, churches and volunteers, building a movement of change agents in line with Tearfund’s mission and values.

About Tearfund:

Tearfund is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organisation responding to global poverty and injustice. We work in partnership with local Christian agencies to end poverty, challenge inequality and build sustainable communities. We go where the need is greatest, acting with courage to tackle injustice so that all may experience fullness of life.

To work at Tearfund is to live out your vocation; a space where your faith, passion for justice and skills intersect. Tearfund offers you the opportunity to use your professional skills and expertise to make a real difference in the lives of people who need it the most. As part of the Tearfund team, you are part of a movement which works towards a just and compassionate world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.

Tearfund offers a friendly and flexible work environment, generous salary packaging benefits, and the challenge to grow and explore in your faith and justice journey.

About the role

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The Church and Community Engagement Lead (NSW) is based in Sydney and is integral to Tearfund’s wider community engagement strategic plan, which aims to grow a movement of Australian Christians working to see lives transformed for people living in extreme poverty.

Focusing on working closely with Churches, Christian Leaders, Volunteers and Supporters, this position focuses on mobilising the local church and Christian community to become increasingly active in biblically shaped responses to issues of extreme poverty and injustice. You will work closely with the Head of Church and Community Engagement, who is based in Sydney.

This will require

  • An understanding of the theological basis of integral mission and how it relates to the Australian church context.
  • Strong networking and relationship building capability within the Australian Christian Church and its leadership.
  • Ability to encourage others in their faith and justice journeys, and to influence supporters to join others in supporting Tearfund as a an impactful way to respond to global poverty and injustice

Is this you? To be successful in this role, you will have;

  • Active commitment to Tearfund’s Christian mission, values and ethos.
  • A heart and passion for the local church and a ‘change-making’ mindset and track record. You will demonstrate that you can empower others to take action.
  • Experience mobilising and supporting volunteers through community organising strategies – you are able to support, train, empower and involve Tearfund supporters, members and volunteers in community campaigns and implement systems for volunteer leadership development, management and engagement.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a willingness to get ‘out and about’ and engage with people. Ability to build meaningful relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds towards shared action.
  • A love for multi-tasking and managing multiple priorities, from running a training event, telling a story, writing copy or connecting with a new leader. Getting things done is an essential skill for this role.
  • The ability to work autonomously as well as collaboratively as part of a national team.

Position Description

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How to apply

Send us your CV and a short cover letter as soon as possible to [email protected]

In a short cover letter, tell us about:

  • Why this role and Why Tearfund? What about this role resonates with you, and how do your values align with ours?
  • How your experience aligns with the role requirements

Position Location

A mix of in office at Sydney and some remote or work from home, depending on any State based restrictions and role operational needs.


Please contact Michael on Ph.: 03 9264 7000

Tearfund Australia’s recruitment and selection procedures and checks reflect our commitment to the well-being and protection of children and vulnerable adults. We seek to be a diverse workplace, in which people of different backgrounds, genders and ages work together and are equally appreciated and respected. People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for Tearfund roles.