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Dakin Mayers

& Associates Pty Ltd

Level 50

Rialto South Tower

525 Collins Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

T 61 3 9629 6999

F 61 3 9629 5999



ADVANCEMENT MANAGER - University College
Ref:SH 2002293


Location: Melbourne
Employment Type: Full-time
Closing Date:
  • Inspiring College community
  • Opportunity to make a difference



Located in Parkville with impressive facilities, University College is a vibrant nondenominational residential College with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University of Melbourne and other nearby tertiary institutions.


Reporting directly to the Head of College and working closely with the Senior Management Team, your enthusiasm will see you embrace the opportunity to implement an inspirational advancement program, which will grow a culture of philanthropy within the College community.


Your solid understanding of the principals of alumni and community engagement and proven track record of success will enable you to deliver a robust advancement program. Develop and implement fundraising strategies around Bequests, Trusts & Foundations, Major Gifts, Annual Appeal and the College scholarships program. You will oversee all College alumni relations and marketing activities. Additionally, utilise your broader leadership, organisational and administrative skills managing the Advancement Office including 1 direct report. Experience in a higher education environment is ideal however comparable sectors will also relate.


This is an outstanding opportunity to join UC during an exciting period of growth. Currently undergoing major capital works, the College will be well prepared for a remarkable and sustainable future, growing from 160 to over 320 students.


This exciting and important position is suited to an energetic, self-motivated, resourceful person, with superior communication skills and the ability to build enduring relationships. Working with a dedicated team of professionals, this role provides a rewarding opportunity to make your mark in the sector, be part of and contribute to this well respected College.


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About the organisation

Baptcare Affordable Housing Ltd (BAH) is a subsidiary company of Baptcare, the welfare and aged care agency of the Baptist Union of Victoria.   BAH operates as a Not-For-Profit Housing Provider, registered by the Registrar of Housing Agencies under the Housing Act 1983.

The key objectives of BAH include a commitment to:

·         Providing and/or managing well-maintained affordable housing.

·         Facilitating tenancy management which supports vulnerable tenants and allows households to have a say in the way their housing is managed.

·         Co-operating in place management strategies that build community.

·         Partnering with Baptcare and other agencies to ensure tenants’ needs are adequately met.


BAH currently has a strategy to provide and/or manage up to 500 properties by the year 2020.

About the Board

·         Current Board size:               Currently 5 Directors.  2 vacancies

·         Board Meeting location:     Camberwell

About the vacancy

·         This is a voluntary position with expenses reimbursed.

·         BAH seeks to appoint two independent non-executive Directors.

·         The role requires attending approximately 7 board meetings per year, during the evening. In addition it may be necessary to take part in monthly conference calls and/or occasional weekend workshops.

As a skills-based Board and in line with current specific requirements, candidates with skills in at least one of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

·         Experience in the Community Housing or Social/Affordable-Housing Sector

·         Marketing and/or PR Advertising

·         Finance

·         Property Development

Personal values and competencies

·         Mission: a person whose values are aligned to the vision, mission and objectives of Baptcare.

·         Integrity: fulfilling a director’s duties and responsibilities, acting ethically, having appropriate independence, putting the organisation’s interests before personal interests;

·         Collaborative: a director must be able to function as an effective team member but also must have the curiosity to ask questions and the courage to persist in robust discussion with management and fellow board members where necessary;

·         Interpersonal skills: as well as self-awareness and self-management.  A director must work well in a group, listen well, and be tactful yet able to communicate a candid viewpoint;

·         Commercial astuteness: demonstrate good business instinct and acumen and be able to assimilate and synthesise complex information;

·         An active contributor with genuine interest in the organisation and its business.


Educational requirements

ESSENTIAL - Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field with significant industry experience

DESIRABLE - Successful completion of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course

Other attributes 

Active involvement in a local church community and an understanding of Baptist values and faith.