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Karawara’s Community Builder
Befriend is a Perth-based social enterprise nurturing gifts-centred cultures to grow inclusive, connected, thriving communities. We’re currently looking for a Community Builder to work alongside the local community in Karawara!
Since its launch twelve years ago, Befriend has grown to become a powerful change agent in the space of relationships and inclusion. Our grassroots community development initiatives have sparked 12,000+ West Australians to take action to nurture community connection, and our work in partnership with citizens, community organisations, researchers and government is changing the conversation around loneliness, isolation and social exclusion. We’re continuing to develop our capability to contribute towards systemic change.
About the Team
We are a small but mighty team, working in a fairly flat organisational structure, trusting and supporting each other to work autonomously and make informed decisions. We are avid learners, experimenters, collaborators and do-ers. We aspire to develop Befriend as a radically-inclusive, participatory organisation that values the contributions of all, and acts with intention to create spaces for autonomy, connection, growth and fun!
The Karawara Community Builder is the facilitator of a project that aims to help local people discover their gifts and talents, and share them with their neighbours to grow welcoming and supportive neighbourhoods in Karawara. The core purpose of the role is to engage with community members and help them to identify their personal gifts and consider how they might connect, volunteer or contribute to their community.
You’ll develop meaningful relationships with local Karawara residents, discover what matters to them, and ignite their curiosity, ideas and confidence for enriching their community. You’ll journey alongside people to support them to bring their ideas to life. We anticipate your role will include planning and facilitating workshops and conversation groups that help people discover what’s important to them, assisting residents to set up new social groups and ‘street-meet’ events, and supporting existing grassroots initiatives to become self-sustaining. We hope that the fruits of this project will see people having a stronger sense of self-worth, increased quantity and quality of relationships, and higher levels of involvement in their community. We hope to see this project influencing Karawara’s development as a local community that is inclusive, connected and thriving.
The key responsibilities of this role:
Relationship building – Developing meaningful, trusting relationships with Karawara residents from diverse backgrounds, learning about their values, hopes and interests, growing a deep understanding of what matters to them
Gifts discovery – Supporting local residents to discover their gifts, talents, strengths and skills, and ignite their ideas for growing a more vibrant, connected community
Nurturing personal growth and community action – Providing encouragement, guidance and support to individuals as they take steps to bring their community enrichment ideas to life
Story harvesting and co-valuation – Collecting data and stories of personal and community change arising through the project activities, so that we all learn more together about what helps people and communities to thrive
We expect this will involve:
- Experimenting with diverse grassroots engagement tactics to initiate conversations with local residents
- Networking with community organisations and local networks connected with people experiencing higher levels of disconnection due to disability, mental ill-health, cultural background, unemployment and other circumstances
- Engaging with local residents in 1:1 and small-group discovery conversations that spark their imagination and enthusiasm for the possibilities of their contributions, gifts and strengths
- Hosting community conversation groups and workshops that create nurturing contexts for local residents to envision, plan and consider possibilities for their community
- Providing personalised support to residents to develop their confidence & capabilities to take local action in their local area
- Supporting community members to plan, design, promote and undertake new community groups, neighbourhood events and community-connecting activities
- Connecting local residents with other potential collaborators, organisations and resources that might help their community enrichment ideas to come to life
- Using human-centred evaluation methods and tools
- Co-learning and sharing with our Community Building Team who are working across diverse contexts and projects
The Karawara Community is looking for:
- A natural connector, not afraid to knock on doors, strike up conversations with strangers and get to know people from diverse backgrounds
- A passionate includer with high degrees of empathy and cultural sensitivity who is comfortable connecting with people experiencing disconnection due to disability, mental ill-health, cultural background or circumstance
- A curious listener who loves to draw out and encourage other people’s hopes, dreams and ideas
- A companion in personal growth – Someone who takes great joy in seeing people grow in their sense of self-awareness, self-worth, agency and confidence
- An open-minded, open-hearted individual who always sees the possibilities and opportunities in every situation, and believes in the inherent potential of all people to shape community life
- A creative and skilful facilitator of thoughtful 1:1 and group conversations
- An experienced community connector who has a rich firsthand understanding of what it takes to support the development of community-led groups or neighbourhood initiatives
- An effective organiser who is comfortable working autonomously and managing their own time, priorities, commitments and relationships
- A relationship-oriented person, someone who puts relationships at the heart of their work and life
- A flexible individual who is happy to flex their time to connect with residents at different times of the week/weekend
- Familiarity with Karawara. Experience living, working or playing in the Karawara area is preferable but not essential
Please note this role requires provision of (or willingness and ability to obtain) a current valid National Police Clearance and Working with Children Check.
- Part-time position (0.8 FTE), commencing early July, on a fixed-term contract to 30 June 2025
- Salary $64,958-$68,206 pro rata plus superannuation
- Generous salary packaging benefits
- Bonus Christmas leave period on top of your annual leave entitlements
- A team of change-makers, thinkers, do-ers and builders to support you in your development. Read more about our team and work culture here.
- Work where you want, when you want, how you want. You do you.
Sound like you?
- Apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to the Community Building team at
- In your cover letter, we expect to learn more about you; what it is about this role that speaks to who you are as a person and the kinds of contributions you want to make, and what gifts, strengths and experience you hope to bring to this work.
Applications close Sunday 25th June 2023 at 11:59pm. We know that strength comes with diversity, and welcome all unique applicants from all backgrounds. For questions about this role, please contact Community Manager, Dave, on 0404 831 201.