Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Speaker Coordinator

The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) is looking for a passionate, professional, hard-working and friendly individual to join HRAFF as Speaker Coordinator in the lead up to the 2020 Festival. This position plays a vital role in building the HRAFF community and sharing our message with the world. 



HRAFF is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to cultivate a vibrant human rights culture and community using film, art and conversation. The Festival aims to connect people, places and stories together, to educate, inspire and empower positive social change.


HRAFF presents a kaleidoscope of film, visual art, music and forums that offer a diverse array of creative responses to contemporary human rights issues. More information can be found here:



The expected time commitment for the role is 5-7 hours per week. You will have the opportunity to carry out your work from HRAFF HQ in Northcote. We are happy to implement a flexible work hours arrangement if needed. 



  • Review the official selection of films in the HRAFF 2020 Film Program. 

  • Assist the CEO and Program Manager in curating panel discussions around the issues explored in the films of the Festival, as well as human rights and the arts in general.

  • Research, approach and book relevant speakers in consultation with the CEO and Program Manager.

  • Liaise with and brief speakers about speaking opportunities, including but not limited to sharing screeners of the film they will be attending as a speaker. 

  • Assist the Program Manager with copywriting for the Program Booklet (where relevant to the speaker panels).

  • Plan and coordinate speaker appearances throughout the Festival.

  • Liaise with the Awards Coordinator to arrange thank you gifts for speakers.

  • Greet and host speakers throughout the Festival.

  • Prepare and distribute thank you gifts to speakers immediately following their appearance at the Festival.



  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Exceptional time management skills and attention to detail.

  • Approachable and warm, demonstrated ability to maintain positive professional relationships and commitment to teamwork.

  • Self-starter, accountable, motivated and able to think outside-of-the-box, ability to maintain precise and streamlined workflow.

  • Good understanding of leaders, artists, activists, advocates and organisations that work in the human rights and or arts and cultural landscape.

  • A flexible approach, a sense of humor and ability to remain calm under pressure.

  • Commitment to HRAFF’s objectives, mission, vision and values. 

  • An interest in human rights, film and arts.


This is a volunteer role, however a highly rewarding one, with real responsibilities. The successful applicant will gain invaluable practical experience, establish industry connections, and play a pivotal role in bringing HRAFF 2020 to life. 


HRAFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin or disability.


The successful candidate will be required to hold or obtain a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). As a Volunteer you will be eligible to apply for a free WWCC. More information can be found here.


At HRAFF we recognize, value and respect that we work with individuals who identify with particular groups based on their birthplace, ethnicity, language, values, beliefs or views. In order to promote the cultural safety of individuals from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds we endeavour to: 

  • Demonstrate a zero tolerance to discrimination

  • Be respectful, inclusive and welcoming of people from a range of backgrounds and abilities

  • Recognise times of importance to different cultures

  • Actively seek out and talk to a complete cross-section of society about how they would like to be involved and or represented



To apply, please submit your CV and a one page cover letter outlining your skills and experience. Please submit your application by 5pm Friday 21 February marked Speaker Coordinator Application to

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in Melbourne the following week. If you have any initial queries about the position please email

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