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Communications and Marketing position

 Media and Communications Intern/Volunteer Exchange

Volunteer position, four to six month placement preferred, flexible hours to be negotiated.


This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the work of one of Australia’s longest-operating social enterprises and intentional communities. As our Media and Communications Intern you will be involved in telling the story of the Commonground community, promoting our Venue for hire to social change and community organisations and strengthening our brand and communications strategy.  

Commonground Training Resources is a registered charity, established in 1984 to resource the social change movement. Over the last thirty-five years we have supported hundreds of social change groups to build skills and effectiveness in their work for social change.

We are also a very well established intentional community - set on a beautiful 95 acre bush property near Seymour, central Victoria just 1.5hrs from Melbourne. The community consists of full and part-time residents, members, volunteers and ‘friends-of’ Commonground and we are incredibly proud of our history and the ongoing contribution we make to social change in Australia. 

This position may be ideally suited to you if you are keen to:

  • Work within an organisation with strong social justice values, and a commitment to make positive change

  • Be part of a community supporting and networking with a wide range of social change and community organisations

  • Learn from others experienced in the social change and community sector

  • Give back and contribute to making a difference

  • Live and/or work in a beautiful natural setting

  • Learn about and experience life in a cooperative and intentional community

Commonground acknowledges and pays respects to the Taungurung clans and elders, past, present and future, as the traditional custodians of the land we live and work on at Commonground. Commonground is an equal opportunity employer. People with disability, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply for this position. 

About the role:

Commonground has a strong foundation as a social enterprise and a wide network in the social change sector. We are now seeking someone to help us develop and implement a Communications and Marketing Plan to better tell our unique and inspiring story and advertise our social enterprise.

This will be a dynamic role and will require someone who is comfortable to work with a wide range of people in a collaborative and consultative manner. 

We envision that the role will take up to 6hrs per week and are looking for someone who can commit to at least 4-6 months initially, throughout the rest of 2019. The role will require some flexibility for participating in Commonground community meetings and events but general working hours are able to be set by the intern/volunteer. The work can mostly be done from wherever you are based, but with the option of negotiating to stay at Commonground part-time or full-time if desired.  

The Communications and Marketing Intern will primarily work with the Outreach Working Group, including mentoring by a member experienced in media and communications, and the Operations Coordinator, but may be invited to work with other aspects and members of the organisation as the role develops.  

Role responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a Marketing and Communications Plan for the whole of Commonground and in particular the social enterprise/Venue Business aspect of our work

  • Develop and design marketing communications collateral for both print and digital/online channels

  • Design and delivery of regular updates and content creation for online communications channels including eDM’s, facebook, instagram etc

  • Capture and analyse data and information to help optimise our online presence

  • Provide suggestions and ideas for new communications and marketing strategies

Desired Skills and/or Experience:

We are seeking applications from people who have skills and experience in the following areas and/or are keen to develop these within a social change, not-for-profit environment . Even if you only meet some of these requirements, but are interested in the role and are keen to contribute and learn within our unique workplace  please be in touch as the role can be shaped to meet the skills and experience of the right candidate.

  • Brand, marketing and communications strategy development

  • Digital/online marketing management 

  • Content creation for social media, website and EDM

  • Experience in working within a team environment 

  • Experience managing relationships with external stakeholders

  • Knowledge of how to access, interpret and use communications data analytics

  • Effective project management and organisation skills

  • Relevant degree qualifications in marketing, communications, public relations or a related discipline or currently studying in this area

  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to creating a socially just and environmentally sustainable world

Expressions of Interest details:

To send in an Expression of Interest please send the following documents to by September 6 2019:

  • A cover letter outlining your interest and fit for the role

  • A short document outlining your experience against the Desired Skills and Experience

  • Your CV

For any enquiries or to discuss the role contact Emma Tuesday to Thursday at Commonground on 03 57938257 .