Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

We are hiring!

Published in Latest news
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

DIGITAL CAMPAIGNER

Position title: Digital campaigner
Work type: Part time (3 days a week), Six-month contract (with the possibility of extension)
Location: Anywhere, Sydney preferable
Probation:Three months probation period
Salary: $64,912 pro-rata (including superannuation)
Reports to: Executive and Campaigns Officer
Application close date: 10 June 2018

Are you a communication and fundraising professional who would love to be part of the Tibet movement? Do you have strong skills in digital communications to engage audiences and grow an organisation?

We are seeking a Digital Campaigner who can create engaging content and develop online strategies that will expand our community of supporters and take our work for Tibet to the next level. The role has a large fundraising component.

We are a small and nimble not-for-profit organisation campaigning for freedom and human rights in Tibet. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. Our vision is to see an end to China’s occupation of Tibet so Tibetans can live freely and determine their own future.

The Digital Campaigner will work closely with the Executive and Campaigns Officer on all campaigns to deepen the engagement of our supporters and attract new donors. 

Responsibilities

  1. Implement a digital strategy that meets our campaign and fundraising
    objectives, including the growth of supporter and donor lists and increased engagement.
  2. Develop compelling digital content to share with our networks, motivate people to act and engage new audiences.
  3. Write fundraising emails that motivate supporters to donate to our campaigns.
  4. Manage digital platforms including website and social media accounts. (We are in the process of building a new website. Our current site is outdated.)
  5. Help manage and develop our online communications schedule.
  6. Help develop, implement and manage fundraising campaigns to meet annual financial targets.
  7. Keep our data and memberships up to date and liaise with our members
  8. Identify potential philanthropic donors and online social media influencers that can increase awareness of our organisation and assist in meeting annual KPIs.
  9. Organise and manage fundraising events.

Skills and Experiences

  1. Excellent written communication skills.
  2. Familiarity and experience in digital communication tools including Customer Relationship Management software.
  3. Familiarity and experience in using social media applications.
  4. Knowledge of latest social media trends and ability to adopt them to meet our communication and fundraising needs.
  5. Good knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn about, the Tibet issue.
  6. Experience with photo editing/ design tools to create resources for use in online communications.
  7. Ability to design creative campaigns.
  8. Ability to work in a small team and autonomously and be self-directed.
  9. High level of organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines.

What you will get

  1. Great job satisfaction in knowing that your efforts are contributing towards a great cause.
  2. Ability to work from anywhere and have flexible hours.
  3. Ability to develop your skills in digital campaigning.
  4. Opportunity to travel overseas and meet Tibetans; and work with colleagues in the global Tibet movement.
  5. Opportunity to experience Tibetan culture.

How to apply

If this role excites you, then go for it. Email your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject: Digital campaigner. We are looking to fill this role as soon as possible.

Feel free to contact Kyinzom Dhongdue, Executive and Campaigns Officer, with any inquiries. Mobile: 0416 695 590

Listening to Tenzin Choegyal

Published in Blog
Sunday, 22 April 2018

TenzinChoegyalBy Rudrani Tooth, writer & ATC volunteer

Autumn in Brisbane is such a bitter-sweet time of year. Sweet because it is a time when the Powerhouse once again flings open its doors to the voice of Tibet. Bitter, because in hearing that voice we remember all too vividly the oppression which for fifty-nine years continues to threaten the future and survival of the Tibetan people.

The voice of Tibet in Brisbane is the Festival director and musician, Tenzin Choegyal, and the artists, activists, musicians and leaders he has assembled for the 10th anniversary of the Festival of Tibet.

Imbibing Tenzin Choegyal’s heart through his music, in a single step, one can cross the threshold from Australia and into his mystical heartland of Tibet.

Through the Festival we are transported to a peace-filled world of symbolism, the devout atmosphere of Buddhist monks painting a sand mandala, the heady jumble of Tibetan shops, the bustle of visitors, the disquieting stories of Tibetan refugees and the achingly beautiful sound of the Dranyen (Tibetan lute) or Lingbu (bamboo flute) when Tenzin’s soaring vocals grace the stage.

But this year the 2018 Festival is even more poignant. It marks the extraordinary achievement of Tenzin’s ten consecutive festivals in Brisbane. Ten years since the fomenting unrest, demonstrations and escalating dissent in Tibet during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which inspired him to create the Festival of Tibet. “I knew I wanted to do something in Australia to amplify the voices of Tibet. To keep the voice of Tibet alive and to uphold the precious legacy of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.”

“I remember that first festival. How amazing it was to see a small festival bring so many people into the world of Tibet, inspiring peace and raising awareness of Tibet. That festival was a small three-day gathering in Brisbane. The next year, the 50th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s exile from Tibet, expanded into the Brisbane Powerhouse and by 2010 the event had become the annual Festival of Tibet.”

“For me, the Festival has brought many gifts. As a musician, I have enjoyed the challenge of merging Tibetan and Western musical traditions through various musical collaborations. It has allowed me to meet and work with some amazing and influential teachers, activists, artists and politicians, all with a common interest in Tibet.”

“But support from the Australian community continues to be paramount. Tibet needs Australia to keep the discussion about Tibet alive, and that means Australians promoting Tibet within their communities and coming along to Tibetan events, like the Festival of Tibet, to enjoy, learn, take part and be inspired.”

Reflecting the auspiciousness of the 10th anniversary, Tenzin has amassed an extraordinary lineup of guests. Help us give the warmest of welcomes to Ama Jetsun Pema (the Dalai Lama’s revered sister), Michael Leunig, entertainer and Buddhist author, Meshel Laurie, the award-winning Camerata ( QLD Chamber Orchestra) Tibet2Timbuk2 and many more.

So come on Australia, support the 2018 Festival of Tibet and join Tenzin Choegyal, and friends in keeping Tibet’s precious heartbeat enduring and strong.

Click here for the Festival of Tibet programs.


PaulAfter 30 years, ATC’s Executive Officer Paul Bourke will be leaving at the end of this year.

The ATC Board expresses our sincerest thanks to Paul, who has dedicated three decades of his life working for the rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people.

Under Paul’s tireless leadership, ATC has grown from a handful of volunteers in 1988 to be today the largest and most active community of Tibet supporters in Australia. From being one of the first western supporters to stage a protest in Beijing to becoming a leading voice for Tibet in the halls of power in Canberra, Paul has made a remarkable contribution.

We have no doubt the ATC community, Tibetans here in Australia and Dharamsala and the global Tibet movement will miss Paul dearly.

We are excited to announce the appointment of Kyinzom Dhongdue as ATC’s new Executive and Campaigns Officer, starting January 2018.

A passionate advocate for justice, Kyinzom has a broad range of experience in activism, media and government. She brings to this Kyinzomnew leadership role insights drawn from her Tibetan roots, unwavering commitment to the Tibet cause and a bold, new vision for ATC.

Kyinzom was born to Tibetan refugee parents in India and schooled at the Tibetan Children’s Village. She studied English literature and mass communication at Delhi University and worked as a journalist before moving to Australia in 2005.

As Campaigns Manager at ATC for the past seven years, she has played a vital role in our work, building grassroots and political support for Tibet in Australia and globally. With her election as the first Member of the Tibetan Parliament from Australia last year, Kyinzom represents a new generation of Tibetans in the highest representative body of Tibet’s Government-in-Exile based in Dharamsala in northern India.

Please join us in welcoming Kyinzom into her new role and wishing Paul every happiness in his retirement.

Donate to our end of year appeal and be part of this important evolution of ATC: www.atc.org.au/end-of-year-donate

 


Revised Chinese government regulations on religion are a further threat to the continued survival of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.
 
The revised rules on religious activity, issued by the Chinese State Council on September 7, 2017, conflate peaceful religious practice with ‘threats’ to China’s security, creating a more dangerous political environment for monks, nuns, and lay Buddhists, isolating them further from their counterparts outside China.
 
The Chinese state media also announced a focus on the ‘Sinicization’ of religion, stating: “The direction of religions is to integrate them with Chinese culture” (Global Times, September 7, 2017). The Buddhist community is one of the main targets of ‘Sinicization’ of religion, which represents a more far-reaching effort to mould and shape Tibetan Buddhism to the diktats of the Chinese Communist Party in line with a more entrenched regulatory framework that has already deepened religious oppression over the last decade. Read more

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