Sports CONNECT: Community Development Officer Wanted

Date posted: 
19 August 2011

An exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic individual to join a leading

Brisbane based non-profit organisation, Sporting Wheelies and Disabled

Association. This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an Association that

strives to enhance the lives of people with a disability through community

engagement and education, sport and healthy activity.

Located in Bowen Hills, you will play an important role within the Sports CONNECT / Disability

Education team. The role supports the state-wide implementation of the Sports CONNECT

framework by:

  • Facilitating links between state sporting organisations (SSOs), targeted disability service providers, state and local government agencies and other sport/recreation providers who are committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities in local sport and recreation opportunities.

The primary purpose of this position is to build sustainable Sports CONNECT Networks in

targeted areas to support the implementation of the framework. In particular, the Community

Development Officer is responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining Sports CONNECT Networks and industry relationships in key targeted areas
  • Liaison with relevant disability service organisations to encourage partnerships with local sporting organisations.
  • Coordination and presentation of Sports CONNECT community forums, workshops and meetings
  • Administration management including reporting, article submissions, maintenance of industry contacts and program area specific data
  • Management and communication of new developments, upcoming activities, enquiries and requests

To be successful in this role:

  • You need to have the belief that all people with a disability are able to make a valued contribution to sport and recreation communities.
  • You will understand the similarities / differences between the disability and sport/recreation sectors. Furthermore, an ability to address the needs of these sectors by creating strategies for sustainable links and supported change is vital.
  • You will be able to understand the complexities of implementing change into multifaceted organisations with conflicting priorities.
  • The ideal applicant has an ability to adapt to changing environments and influence parties from both sectors to overcoming existing barriers towards inclusive activities.
  • Your confidence to present to varied audiences that may or may not understand the needs / challenges / advantages of the Sports CONNECT framework will be a strength.
  • Your experience in influencing key stakeholders to work together will be essential to attain the goals of the Sports CONNECT / Disability Education Team.
  • Proven experience in working with the disability sector, sport, community organisations and/or education and training is essential.

This is a one year full-time, permanent part time through negotiation, contract based on a 38-

hour week. (There is a potential for the contract to be extended through to December 2013).

For a complete position description, application process and further information, contact

Alexander Marwedel.

E-mail: [email protected]

Ph: 3253 3333

Close Date: COB Monday 29 August 2011