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Local Writers Group Mentor – Bendigo

Date: Mon July 3 2017 12:00 am to Mon July 3 2017 11:59 pm

Write-ability Goes Regional and Online is a three-year program for aspiring writers with disability living in regional Victoria.

This contract for the position of Local Mentor will facilitate and administer a Bendigo Writers Group on a work-from home basis.

  • Duration: August 2017 to April 2018
  • Hours: Contract: 50 hours (2 full days in April plus approximately four hours per month from August 2017 to April 2018)
  • Fee: $3,000 + GST if applicable (includes travel costs to and from activities)
  • Location: This position will be undertaken on a work-from-home basis and  through a number of events within Bendigo venues
  • Reports to: WGRO Project Officer

Duties

Program and Services

  • Attend a day of training in Bendigo on Tuesday 1 August 2017.
  • Attend Own Voices forum in Bendigo on Wednesday 2 August 2017.
  • Facilitate the local Write-ability Goes Regional Writers Group sessions in Bendigo – one session per month for eight months (dates TBC):
    • Potential dates could include Wednesday August 23, September 20, October 18, November 22, December 13, February 7, March 14 and April 11  from 11.00am – 1.00pm (including 2 hour session and 2 hours prep/admin per month)
  • Provide information, advice and mentoring/guidance to Write-ability participants through writing group sessions.
  • Liaise with Write-ability tutors, workshop leaders, mentors and venue partners.

Administration

  • WGRO Writers Group administration.
  • Provide administrative support to writing group sessions (including set-up of AV and webinars).
  • Provide monthly wrap-up of project outcomes to date for Project Officer and Mentor.
  • Maintain electronic and hard-copy filing systems.
  • Additional duties as required.

Selection Criteria

  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision (preferably in a remote office environment).
  • Strong communication and public presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated experience liaising with people at all levels (from writers, artists and industry professionals to members, participants and volunteers).
  • Good computing skills.
  • Experience in a similar role and familiarity with the Victorian and Australian literature sector.
  • Knowledge of and connections to writing and disability communities in the Central Highlands region.

Write-ability is a disability-led literary project. Writers Victoria will prioritise applications from people with disability living in Loddon for this role.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (no more than two A4 pages) outlining how you meet the selection criteria along with a copy of your CV by:

  1. Email (preferred): access@writersvictoria.org.au
  2. Mail: Writers Victoria, Level 3, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Applications must be received by Writers Victoria by 10am on Monday 3 July 2017.

Key Dates

  • Application due date: 9am, Monday 3 July 2017
  • Interviews: Week beginning 10 July 2017 (via Skype)
  • Start date: Early August 2017

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

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