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Dakin Mayers

& Associates Pty Ltd

Level 27

Rialto South Tower

525 Collins Street

Melbourne VIC 3000


T 61 3 9629 6999




DEAN OF STUDENTS - University College
Ref: SH2002331


Location: Melbourne
Employment Type: Full-time
Closing Date:

  • Enriching College community
  • Responsible and rewarding role
  • Live in - Parkville location


University College (UC) is a leading residential College providing accommodation, academic, pastoral and well being support for its students in a friendly and relaxed community. Located in Parkville with impressive facilities, UC is a vibrant non-denominational College with undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University of Melbourne and other nearby tertiary institutions.

UC has embarked on a significant capital works project.  This will prepare the College  for a remarkable and sustainable future in all its dimensions: the student experience, enhanced academic and wellbeing programs, scholarships and facilities.  UC will grow to accommodate over 320 students.

Reporting to the Head of College, as a member of the Senior Management Team, the Dean of Students works proactively in the best interests of the students and the College, to foster a vibrant and academically supportive community.

This full-time role is primarily responsible for students’ wellbeing promoting the holistic development of each student at a formative time in their lives. Key result areas include: responsibility for student selection and admissions, student management including community interaction and behaviour, program and activity planning and delivery.

Drawing on your tertiary qualifications and minimum 5 years experience working in an education institution, you will have the opportunity to contribute to students’ wellbeing and career pathways through your outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. The key to your success in this role is your warm and approachable nature with an understanding of and empathy with tertiary students, along with the ability to work respectfully and collaboratively with staff, students, other colleges and the wider community.


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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.