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Current Vacancies

  • Manager, That Catholic Shop

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    THE POSITION:

    As part of its fundraising activity, ACN Australia has for many years sold religious products but this was significantly expanded with the launch of the online store That Catholic Shop (TCS) in August 2020. The reach of the store will be further expanded as TCS becomes the Australian distributor of a range of Catholic figurines called Little Drops of Water (LDW). The manager will be a person who is ready and able to move TCS to the next level, making it the foremost online Catholic store in Australia and New Zealand. Importantly the manager will also be happy to be part of the small but collaborative ACN team, and as such will be completely hands-on in the role including physically working with stock and orders. The manager will themselves undertake all aspects of the work around TCS and LDW.

    This role is responsible for the day-to-day management, development, and strategic execution of TCS which is focused under the motto, Bringing Christ into Homes and Hearts. TCS exists to (a) provide an ongoing avenue for attracting potential new benefactors to ACN (b) create a revenue stream from the sale of items to existing ACN benefactors (including parishes, schools, and organisations) and (c) nurture the faith life of people with the sale of authentic Catholic products. The sale of LDW products complement TCS but also exists as an avenue into a wider secular market. Strategically this role will be around growth by finding and creating opportunities for TCS to fulfill one or more of the above goals. From June 2022 the fulfillment of TCS orders will be handled by a third-party logistics centre (3PL) so the manager will be able to devote significant time to sales strategies and execution. The role is based at the National Office of ACN Australia in Western Sydney NSW (with an openness to applications from outside Sydney).

     

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Review the work and methods of TCS before creating a strategy including a plan for growth over the next three years, including the distribution of the LDW brand.
    • Lead all aspects of TCS and LDW to drive sales, improve engagement and acquire new customers. This includes developing awareness of the Catholic retail market in Australia and New Zealand, knowing opportunities that exist e.g., Easter, Christmas etc., but also creating new opportunities based on the liturgical calendar, feast days, parish anniversaries, sacramental times, national events etc.
    • Engage with suppliers nationally and internationally to build a product range that is identifiably Catholic with a balance between unique and traditional, including products that have stories e.g., made by Christian families in the Holy Land etc. 
    • Coordinating the photography of items, writing product descriptions, setting pricing and maintaining all products on the website.
    • Identify new streams of business e.g., schools (faith resources etc.), parishes (piety stalls etc.), hospitals, aged care, conferences, gift fairs, tradeshows etc. 
    • Build and maintain pre and post-purchase customer email communication whilst focusing on database growth and engagement.
    • Maintain accurate stock inventory and prepare monthly reconciliation reports.
    • Coordination of the relationship between TCS and the 3PL, ensuring that correct stock levels are maintained, and that the flow of orders is executed in a timely manner
    • Work to ensure all promotional activity is maintained across the website, social platforms and across ACN’s mail database.

     

    KEY REQUIREMENTS 

    • An active Catholic who can envisage the opportunities in the Catholic retail space with an understanding of the target customer. 
    • Demonstrated experience, plus a strong passion, in retail, eCommerce trade and digital channels. 
    • Demonstrated ability executing sales and eCommerce activities around merchandising and campaign delivery.
    • Familiarity with the structures and operation of the Catholic Church in Australia would be helpful but not essential.
    • The ability and willingness to be involved in all aspects of the running of TCS and LDW.
    • The ability to take analytical insights and implement changes that make a positive difference. 
    • An appreciation of the work and mission of Aid to the Church in Need at the service of suffering and persecuted Christians. 
    • Excellent communication skills with a proactive, analytical, and innovative mindset. 

     

    Applications close Friday 27 May 2022.

  • Diocesan Outreach Assistant

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    Job Description

    The mission of Aid to the Church in Need as a pastoral foundation at the spiritual service of oppressed and persecuted Catholic communities around the world is a unique mission. It means that we primarily reach out to the Catholic community in their parishes. Through parish presentations in their local area/diocese 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.

    Specific Requirements

    The Diocesan Outreach assistant will need to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the ethos of the Catholic Church, and be compliant with the aims of Aid to the Church in Need. He or she will need to have a current driving licence and be willing to travel within the designated Diocese(s) / area(s). The majority of the work will be carried out at weekends. All new appointments are subject to a satisfactory Police Check and Working with Children Check. To facilitate the rapid and efficient exchange of information, including receiving regular ACN News updates, the Diocesan Outreach assistant will need to be proficient in the use of Email, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

    The role of the Diocesan Outreach Assistant is to share the stories of the suffering Church through the delivery of ten parish presentations over the course of a year (an average of one per month). Presentations are arranged in advance and take place in parishes during the weekend Masses with the same presentation repeated during all the weekend Masses in a particular parish. As part of the presentation the Diocesan Outreach Assistant brings to the parish a ‘mini exhibition’ on modern day martyrs. In addition, Diocesan Outreach Assistants are provided with a supply of religious items to sell, they encourage people to sign up for more information, and they receive any donations parishioners may wish to make (we do not take a collection during parish presentations).

    Diocesan Outreach Assistants are engaged with a 12-month agreement and are paid a stipend for every completed weekend of Mass presentations during that year. All Diocesan Outreach Assistants are given formation, training and ongoing support around the mission of Aid to the Church in Need, the stories of the suffering Church and the specifics of delivering our parish presentations. Key requirements of the role include:

    • 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 and setting up the stall/information booth
    • Confident in the general use of the internet, email, Word and Excel
    • A current driver’s licence and a willingness to travel within the designated area
    • Friendly, respectful and professional in manner and in approach
    • Able to relate to people at all levels including parish priests and parish staff
    • Happy to work under pressure
    • Able to be work independently and be self-motivated

     

    To apply for the position please email your CV with a cover letter outlining:

    • The reason you are interested in the role
    • Any relevant experience, whether paid or voluntary
    • Any facts about yourself that might assist your application