Making your people our priority




Dakin Mayers

& Associates Pty Ltd

Level 27

Rialto South Tower

525 Collins Street

Melbourne VIC 3000


T 61 3 9629 6999




Ref: PM2002417


Location Melbourne
Employment Type: Full-time
Closing Date:
  • Vision and leadership
  • Supporting older people's rights to quality care


Take the key leadership role of one of Victoria’s best regarded, independent agencies in the aged care sector when the well respected CEO, Mary Lyttle, steps down after 27 years  of successful achievement.  Elder Rights Advocacy (ERA) remains at the forefront in the sector and is part of the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP).

ERA’s vital purpose is to support and uphold the rights of people accessing aged care and community services across Victoria,  assisting carers and family members who represent the interests of aged care recipients.  It is a member organisation and part of the nationwide Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN).  The CEO works collaboratively with OPAN and other national OPAN members to implement the OPAN/NACAP/Elder Abuse work plan and to ensure that ERA’s best interests are maintained and supported.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is the key management leader of ERA and is responsible for the day to day operations of a small but influential organisation that punches well above its weight.  Managing a small, experienced team this is an opportunity to develop the organisation to the next level, with the financial support of recently granted government funding.  Key areas of responsibility include Governance & Strategy, developing a new and relevant Vision and Financial Performance.


For this key role you will need proven experience of reporting to a Board and leading a human service organisation  with extensive community links, awareness of the major issues affecting older people and their families and extensive knowledge of advocacy and older people’s rights.  Sound knowledge of organisational, financial and administrative processes 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.