Community AmbassadorZen Tea Lounge Foundation
Since 2017 our charity has provided a safe space for individuals affected by domestic violence, abuse and isolation. We offer support, training and networks to help our survivors rebuild their lives and achieve independence.
The role of our community advocate is to vie for and lobby change within the domestic and family violence sector on behalf of Zen. Advocates are committed to Zen’s mission of ending domestic violence in Australia, and will act as fierce driver’s of change within their community. By networking and collaborating with other community leaders, advocates will share stories of survivors to raise awareness about the effects of DV at an individual, family and community level. The most important skill for a community advocate to have in this position is compassion for survivors. As a voice for survivors, advocates play an important role in representing and being the face of Zen in public forums.
Additionally, by educating others about the preventative programs Zen runs i.e. mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and emotional intelligence (EI) training, yoga classes, hospitality training program etc. you are able to spread awareness about the foundations services available to community members. Zen will support your role as a community advocate through extensive domestic violence, mental health and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) training opportunities to empower yourself and your practice.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Have a deep understanding of ZtlFoundation’s structure, programs and approaches.
- Have a thorough understanding of the impacts of domestic violence upon individuals, families and communities
- A strong knowledge of domestic and family violence policies within Australia
- Network and meet with local service providers, universities, community leaders and Members of Parliament to advocate for policy changes and provide outreach services if needed
- Represent Zen at public hearings about policy changes affecting domestic and family violence survivors and/or policy changes.
- Represent Zen and speak on behalf of the foundation at community events, school engagement events, council meetings or parliamentary assemblies to provide advocacy for survivors
- Facilitate community outreach efforts via the development and connection of students/families to community based services/ businesses
- Have a deep understanding and commitment to Zen’s values, brand and identity.
- Be committed to furthering yourself through professional training and development with the support of Zen; we can only help others to be their best when we are at our best.
- Lived DV experience and/or direct personal experience with DV services
- Familiarity with concepts of recovery and stigma of DV survivors
- Excellent public speaking and group facilitation skills
- Experience with peer counseling and group facilitation
- Experience with community organizing and engagement
- Strong verbal communication skills
- Collaborative team working style with ability to relate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
- Excellent organisational skills
- Commitment to Zen’s mission, vision and values of ending domestic violence
If you are interested in this role, please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org