Join the team at Tearfund Australia as a Church and Community Organiser and enjoy a role that seeks to make a real difference in the world! We are looking for someone who is passionate about ending poverty and systemic injustices, through growing and mobilising our networks and relationships in the community.

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 toward a just and compassionate world in which all people can 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

As the Church and Community Engagement Lead for the Southeast states of Australia, you will build partnerships with churches, leaders, and volunteers, creating a movement of Christian change agents. You will work towards a just and compassionate world, where all people can achieve their God-given potential.

Your day-to-day work will link teams and departments across the entire organisation. You will create connections and relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds especially from churches in Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania.

You will support, train, empower and involve Tearfund supporters, members and volunteers in community campaigns and implement systems for volunteer leadership development, management, and engagement.

You will manage multiple priorities, from running training events, inspiring people at church services, telling impactful stories, writing copy, or connecting with new leaders. Getting things done is an essential part of this role. 

Position Location:  Blackburn, Melbourne.

What this role will bring to you…

  • You’ll have the opportunity to be part of a diverse range of expressions committed to justice and fullness of life for people facing poverty.
  • You’ll learn about the power of good development alongside passionate and experienced team members both locally and through our global community of partners.
  • You’ll have the joy of building relationships and inspiring others in their faith and justice journeys.
  • You’ll work alongside a dedicated relationship engagement team who engage with the Australian church at both a leadership and community level.
  • This full time or part time role (available 4-5 days per week) plays a critical part in Tearfund’s’ church and community engagement strategy and offers you the flexibility to choose your time commitment.

What this role will require…

  • Strong relationship development and stakeholder management skills enabling you to engage with church leaders and volunteers at all levels.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a willingness to get ‘out and about’ and engage with people.
  • Confidence in public speaking, creating, and delivering dynamic engaging messages.
  • Qualifications in Theology/Divinity or equivalent and active Christian faith, with a strong commitment to Tearfund’s Christian mission, values and ethos.
  • Experience in meeting targets (including financial), the ability to plan, articulate, implement, and review tasks to meet operational and strategic goals and deadlines.
  • The ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team – you will deliver a shared strategy but work on your own as well, tailoring activities to supporter needs in your areas.

Is this you?

You will be passionate about advocating for justice and restoration for people experiencing poverty, and the ability to articulate the relationship between biblical faith and the work of Tearfund.

You will have proven relationship and account management skills, and excellent communication skills.

It’s likely you will have worked in a church, para-church or other community focused organisation – empowering others to act; mobilising and supporting volunteers through community organising strategies.

You will have the ability to encourage others in their faith and justice journeys, and to influence supporters to provide support to Tearfund as a meaningful and impactful way to respond to global poverty and injustice.

You will have your own transport and valid driver’s licence, as well as the flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.

For the full Position Description including the closing date, please refer to the listing on our careers page here.


How to apply:

To apply, send us your CV to

In a short cover letter, tell us:

  • Why Tearfund? How do your values align with ours?
  • Why the role resonates with you.
  • How your experience aligns with the role requirements in the position description.


NOTE: Short-listing of candidates will commence prior to the closure of this role, so please do not delay submitting your application.

Enquiries: 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. Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, such as a National Police Check and/or a Working With Children Check. COVIDSafe office requirements also apply. You also need to have the right to work in Australia and the ability to speak English well.

We seek to be a diverse workplace, in which people of many cultural and linguistic backgrounds, genders, ages and abilities work together and are equally appreciated and respected. People with disabilities and neuro diverse abilities are encouraged to apply for Tearfund roles and can receive assistance with aspects of the recruitment process, by contacting our People and Culture Partner, Stephanie via or on 03 9264 7000.

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