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  • Campaigns Coordinator

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    Job Description

    • Join a great team and help us make a difference to the lives of others
    • Full-time, permanent role with hybrid model
    • Based in Penrith, close to public transport and on-site parking available

    About Us

    Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) was founded by Fr Werenfried van Straaten in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees. It is the only international Catholic organisation today that focuses on the pastoral and spiritual support of suffering Christians.

    Through the offerings of 350,000 benefactors worldwide, ACN raises over $200 million annually and supports some 5,500 projects across 140 countries each year.

    ACN Australia and New Zealand began in 1965 and is one of 23 national offices which seeks to raise awareness and financial support for this work. The national office in Australia is based in Penrith, NSW.

    About the Role

    The Campaigns Coordinator is a vital role providing the engagement between ACN and its closest supporters.

    Reporting to the Head of Fundraising, you will manage direct mail campaigns which form the backbone of ACN’s fundraising work; this includes advertising, acquisition, conversion, and retention activities.

    You will prepare and manage campaign briefs and production schedules; ensure that supporters receive mailings on time and on budget; measure engagement and responses; and monitor the general fundraising space to ensure continuous improvement and implementation of best fundraising and appeals practices.

    You will work collaboratively with the Communications Coordinator and other colleagues to assist in the development of fundraising programs as required.

    The role is a full-time role with the opportunity to work one to two days from home.

    About You

    Your experience in direct marketing and/or fundraising is key to this role.

    Just as important are your attention to detail, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and efficiently.

    Specifically, as the ideal candidate for this role, you will meet the following Key Requirements:

    Experience in direct marketing and/or fundraising, with particular focus on mail appeals (desirable)
    Experience with databases, in particular the Raiser’s Edge or database (desirable)
    Interest in working in the Catholic not-for-profit space, with enthusiasm for the mission and work of Aid to the Church in Need
    A high level of attention to detail with the ability to tell stories and produce engaging content
    Exceptional communication skills both written and verbal with the ability to edit and proofread text
    Ability to work as part of a small team, building effective relationships with colleagues
    Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, planning and executing appeals in quick succession to meet project deadlines
    Understanding of and a commitment to the teachings, ethos, values, and mission of the Catholic Church

    What’s on Offer?

    • The opportunity to work for a mission-focussed organisation that strives to make a difference in the lives of others
    • Option to salary package, which can increase your take-home pay
    • Onsite parking and walkable distance to trains and Westfield shopping centre
    • Positive and faith-filled work environment
    • Opportunity to work from home and the office and genuine work / life balance
    • Onsite chapel with regular opportunities for prayer, Mass, and pastoral care
    • Staff social events
  • Coordinator, Friends of the Suffering Souls

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    Job Description

    • Join a great team and help us make a difference to the lives of others
    • Permanent part-time role (19 hours per week)
    • Based in Penrith close to public transport and on-site parking available
    • About Us

    Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) was founded by Fr Werenfried van Straaten in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees. It is the only international Catholic organisation today that focuses on the pastoral and spiritual support of suffering Christians.

    Through the offerings of 350,000 benefactors worldwide, ACN raises over $200 million annually and supports some 5,500 projects across 140 countries each year.

    ACN Australia and New Zealand began in 1965 and is one of 23 national offices which seeks to raise awareness and financial support for this work. The national office in Australia is based in Penrith, NSW.

    Friends of the Suffering Souls (FOSS) is a Catholic lay association conducting a perpetual novena of Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. FOSS began as a small initiative in the early 1980s in Australia and now has members around the world who collectively arrange some 50,000 Masses annually for the suffering souls.

    About the Role

    The FOSS Coordinator is the visible face of FOSS. Reporting to the National Director, you will respond to emails, letters and phone calls, and build a rapport with FOSS members, nurturing the FOSS Community of some 10,000 members across Australia and around the world.

    You will write and manage the monthly newsletters, encouraging members in their faith and devotion to the holy souls, and manage and work with the FOSS member database and website.

    As a person of vision and someone personally committed to their faith and the holy souls in purgatory, you will take FOSS forward and champion its growth, while working collaboratively with ACN staff to ensure FOSS is linked in to the overall work of ACN.

    The role is part-time role, 19 hours per week, with some flexibility as to when the work can be performed.

    About You

    Your passion for the work of FOSS and the holy souls in purgatory are key to this role.

    Just as important are your strong IT, communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others.

    Specifically, as the ideal candidate for this role, you will meet the following Key Requirements:

    An understanding of, and commitment to, the work of intercession for the souls in purgatory, and the ability to write and speak on the faith and devotions surrounding such practices
    Experience in working with databases in Excel and Access (or other databases and CRMs) (Desirable)
    Excellent oral and written communications skills, and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders in a professional and confident manner at all times
    Sound time management, planning and analytical skills including the ability to organise and prioritise work as required
    An active Catholic with an understanding of and a commitment to the teachings, ethos, values, and mission of the Catholic Church

    What’s on Offer?

    • The opportunity to work for a mission-focussed organisation that strives to make a difference in the lives of others
    • Option to salary package, which can increase your take-home pay
    • Onsite parking and walkable distance to trains and Westfield shopping centre
    • Positive and faith-filled work environment
    • Flexible work environment and genuine work / life balance
    • Onsite chapel with regular opportunities for prayer, Mass, and pastoral care
    • Staff social events
  • Executive Assistant to the National Director

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    Job Description

    • Join a great team and help us make a difference to the lives of others
    • Full-time, permanent role
    • Based in Penrith, close to public transport and on-site parking available

    About Us

    Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) was founded by Fr Werenfried van Straaten in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees. It is the only international Catholic organisation today that focuses on the pastoral and spiritual support of suffering Christians.

    Through the offerings of 350,000 benefactors worldwide, ACN raises over $200 million annually and supports some 5,500 projects across 140 countries each year.

    ACN Australia and New Zealand began in 1965 and is one of 23 national offices which seeks to raise awareness and financial support for this work. The national office in Australia is based in Penrith, NSW.

    About the Role

    Reporting to the National Director, you will ensure the National Director’s office operates smoothly and effectively to support the National Director in his role.

    You will manage all aspects of meeting administration, including organising meetings, collating and distributing agenda papers, taking minutes of meetings and following up on action items.

    You will be responsible for diary and travel management, screening and redirecting of phone calls, maintaining filing systems and other office and project support functions.

    Applying professionalism, confidentiality and discretion to tasks, you will collaborate with various stakeholders, including benefactors, dioceses, parishes, networks of the Church and secular organisations.

    About You

    Your experience and/or ability to provide executive and administration support is key to this role.

    Just as important are your excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to handle matters professionally, confidentially and sensitively.

    Specifically, as the ideal candidate for this role, you will meet the following Key Requirements:

    • Experience in providing executive support, office management and/or administration, or, demonstrated commitment to the skills needed.
    • Sound level of computing and email skills for writing, recording, reporting, and presenting including the use of all standard Microsoft Office applications
    • ‪Excellent oral and written communications skills, and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders in a professional and confident manner at all times
    • ‪Good analytical, problem solving and organisation skills, with a high level of attention to detail
    • Sound time management, planning and analytical skills including the ability to organise and prioritise work and assist in the efficient management of the office
    • Understanding of and a commitment to the teachings, ethos, values, and mission of the Catholic Church

    What’s on Offer?

    • The opportunity to work for a mission-focussed organisation that strives to make a difference in the lives of others
    • Option to salary package, which can increase your take-home pay
    • Onsite parking and walkable distance to trains and Westfield shopping centre
    • Positive and faith-filled work environment and genuine work / life balance
    • Onsite chapel with regular opportunities for prayer, Mass, and pastoral care
    • Staff social events
  • Diocesan Outreach Assistant (part-time)

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    POSITION: Diocesan Outreach Assistant (part-time) 

    Sydney, Broken Bay, Maitland-Newcastle, Perth

    Reporting to: National Outreach Coordinator

    THE ORGANISATION

    Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Pontifical Foundation dedicated to the persecuted and suffering Church. Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organisation for war refugees, ACN is the only international Catholic organisation today that focuses on the pastoral and spiritual support of suffering Christians. Through the offerings of over 350,000 benefactors worldwide, ACN supports over 5000 projects across 140 countries each year. ACN Australia began in 1965 and is one of 23 national offices which seeks to raise awareness and financial support for this work. The National office of ACN Australia is based in Sydney NSW.

    ABOUT THE ROLE

    Main Purpose: 

    Through parish presentation  in their local area the primary tasks of the Diocesan Outreach Assistant are:

    • To raise awareness of the suffering and persecuted Church by sharing the stories of our brothers and sisters who suffer or are persecuted for their faith. The DOA will encourage parishioners to sign-up to receive the ACN Newsletter.
    • To invite parishioners to pray for the persecuted and suffering Church.
    • To inspire parishioners to take action to support the suffering Church and to join ACN in its journey to keep the faith alive.
       

    The Role: 

    The Diocesan Outreach Assistant role is a part time position which consists of delivering 15 weekends of parish presentations over the course of a year as well as attending two in-person training weekends (Dec 2023 and July 2024) and two online meetings per month. The role also requires the capacity to undertake administrative work pertaining to booking presentations in parishes e.g. phone calls, emails, etc.

    The time is spread over days, weekends and evenings as required. The Diocesan Outreach Assistant will be engaged with a 12-month contract with the opportunity to further renewal. The role is undertaken from home with local travel as required.

    Presentations are arranged by the Diocesan Outreach Assistant in advance directly with the parish and take place during the weekend Masses. Following each Mass, the Diocesan Outreach Assistant encourages people to sign up for more information and sells religious items in support of ACN.

    All Diocesan Outreach Assistants are given formation, training, and ongoing support around the mission of ACN, the stories of the suffering Church and the specifics around the tasks of the role.

    Key Responsibilities include:

    • Contact parishes in the designated Diocese or area to arrange a presentation, a list of parishes will be provided.
    • Delivery of parish presentations during the weekend Masses. This involves travel to the location, setting up of banners, an information table and placing brochures on church pews.
    • The sale of books and religious items at the end of each Mass.
    • Encourage parishioners to sign up to receive ACN’s newsletters.
    • After each weekend of presentations, the Diocesan Outreach Assistant is required to complete some administrative forms.
    • Phone calls to those who have signed up to thank them and confirm their contact details. 
    • Monthly online team meetings and individual check in meetings, as well as in person team meetings twice a year in Sydney.

    About the candidate:

    • A committed and active Catholic with a knowledge and understanding of their faith
    • An understanding of the mission and work of Aid to the Church Need
    • A good communicator and a confident public speaker
    • Physically able to cope with travel, carrying items and setting up of the information table etc
    • Confident in the general use of the internet, email, Word, and Excel etc
    • A  current driver’s licence, and a willingness to travel within the designated area
    • Friendly, respectful, and professional in manner and in approach
    •  All new appointments are subject to a satisfactory Working with Children Check
    • Able to relate to people at all levels including parish priests and parish staff
    •  Ability to work under pressure and manage competing demands and priorities
    • Able to be work independently and be self-motivated