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GM - GETTING HOUSING - Launch Housing
Ref: SH2002377


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

15 May 2017

  • Newly created strategic role
  • Best in Sector
  • Collingwood based


Launch Housing is an independent Melbourne based community organisation with an ambitious and singular mission  - to end homelessness.

Formed by the 2015 merger of Hanover Welfare Services and HomeGround Services, Launch Housing is driven by its values of Empowerment, Fresh Thinking, Agility, Leadership and Courage.  The organisation aims to get people housed, keep them housed and be an influential voice on ending homelessness.

As a key member of the senior leadership team and reporting to the Deputy CEO & COO, you will provide crucial, strategic leadership to realise a core strategic goal to get people housed. Managing two operational managers, the Getting Housing services include assessment and referral services and crisis accommodation facilities which employ approx. 110 EFT employees.  The workforce is diverse and engaged, highly client-focused with a strong commitment to realising the organisation’s mission.  Critical to your success in this challenging role will be the ability to work collaboratively across the organisation leading change, building a high performing team and driving new and innovative approaches to achieve the goals of the organisation. 


Drawing on your outstanding relationship and negotiation skills, you will build and nurture key service and Government partnerships. Senior operational management experience within community and/or public sectors and a sound understanding of housing and homelessness is essential.

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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.