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Volunteer Editor & Public Relations Officer (Not-for-Profit & Charity Organisations)

  • Location: Across: Melbourne VIC, Banyule VIC, Hawthorn VIC, Heidelberg VIC, Docklands VIC, Doncaster VIC
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Community Services
  • Time Required

    10+ hours per fortnight/month (negotiable)

  • Suitable for
    • Skilled Volunteers
    • Centrelink Volunteers
    • Online & Remote Volunteers
  • Type of work
    • Education & Training
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Fundraising & Events
    • Arts, Craft & Photography
    • IT & Web Development
    • Translating & Interpreting
    • Governance, Boards & Committees
    • Tutoring & Coaching
    • Mediation & Advocacy
    • Administration & Office Management
    • Marketing, Media & Communications
    • Companionship & Social Support
    • Writing & Editing
  • Training

    • Fair Work Ombudsman Training • Council of Social Services Training • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Training • Mandate Report Training • Basic Governance Knowledge Training etc.

  • Reimbursement


  • Requirements
    • Working with Children Check *
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Driver's Licence (C)

    • Australian Citizenship/Permanent Resident/New Zealand Citizenship
    • Supportive to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
    • Supportive to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual or other gender and sexual diversities (LGBTIQA+) Communities
    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
    • Have sound Business, Charities and Not-for-Profit experience
    • Have competent knowledge and skills with basic Technology, Google Suite, Web designs and browsers, etc.
    • Ability to communicate honestly and transparency, with sound knowledge and ability to speak and write in English.
    • Relevant Qualifications and Certificates/Registrations;
    • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience within Australia;
    • Great communication and listening skills;
    • Ability to commit the required time for the position and be able to commit to a 12-month position (minimum);
    • Upon engagement, you will be required to have or obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) and a National Police Check (NPC), which is conducted alongside our partnered charity agency.

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

Tasks and duties

  • Carrying out structural editing to make sure a piece of writing is structured logically.
  • Choosing the right style and language and ensuring consistency throughout a piece of writing.
  • Correcting language errors, such as poor grammar and incorrect spelling and punctuation.
  • Removing ambiguity, clarifying the author’s meaning, simplifying obscure language and bureaucratic, technical or specialist jargon.
  • Making a manuscript more appealing to an agent or a publisher.
  • Checking for any potential legal problems, such as plagiarism, ethical or moral problems, copyright infringements and defamation risks.
  • Liaising with or managing staff involved in the production of the publication such as the designer, illustrator, typesetter and printer.
  • Maintaining a record of corrections after production for use in any reprints or new editions.

Editors can provide three levels of service, depending on the stage of production: copyediting, proofreading, and structural editing.

Depending on the field they are working in an Editor may also decide on the content of publications or news items to be published and may manage the publication process and the staff involved.