POSITION: Grants Support Team Member, Melbourne (VIC)

Danny Chifley, 18th November 2019
The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) is a champion of community media, distributing more than $18 million in funding to strengthen over 450 community media organisations across Australia every year.

The CBF seek a strong communicator to join the team as a Grants Support Team Member.

As a member of the grants support team, you’ll provide clear, accurate and relevant advice to applicants, support our assessors, volunteer grant committees and maintain our online grants management systems. You may also represent the CBF at sector conferences where workshops or information sessions on CBF grants are featured. Occasional travel and weekend work is required, with time-in-lieu provisions as per the CBF Employment Agreement. 

The successful applicant will be responsible for the efficient administration of grants and projects, and supporting the CBF Board, Grants Advisory Committees and senior members of the CBF Support Team.

Key responsibilities:

1. Administer grant and project funding systems with a particular focus on community radio stations in NSW and the ACT. Responsibilities include:

  • Providing support and guidance to applicants & grantees throughout the grants process
  • Processing grant applications for review by volunteer Grant Assessors
  • Monitoring grants compliance
  • Drafting grant guidelines, application forms, grant offers and funding agreements
  • Preparing and issuing grant offers and payments
  • Maintaining grant management (SmartyGrants) and CRM systems
  • Maintaining the CBF procedures manual and archives

2. As a member of the Grants Support Team, contribute to the provision of support to the Board, Grants Advisory Committees, Grant Assessors. Shared responsibilities include:

  • Draft and circulate agenda papers
  • Record minutes of meetings and draft reports
  • Maintain advisory committee policy registers for relevant grant funds
  • Research and prepare correspondence, reports, information and discussion papers as required
  • Supporting Evaluation Framework processes, including analysis of data, research and grant outcomes

3. Assist with representations to government, other funding sources and community broadcasting organisations.

4. Contribute to publications, promotions and reports.

5. Other duties as directed by the Chief Executive Officer or Executive Officer

How to apply

Review the Position Description and background information available here.

Applications close at 3pm AEDT Thursday 5 December 2019.

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The largest pressure faced by community radio stations is financial. Stations constantly face the reality of how to ensure an adequate operating income in an increasingly competitive mediascape. Van Vuuren (2006c) argues that the extent of the contribution of community media to media democracy in Australia depends largely on how the sector manages commercial pressures. There is a need to ensure more financial stability to allow stations to focus on their primary community-orientated and participatory goals.