PhD Scholarship in Social Housing

The Unison Housing Research LaB (UHRL) is a unique education and research collaboration between RMIT University and Unison Housing, Victoria’s largest social housing provider. The LaB is situated in the Social and Global Studies Centre (SGSC) in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS). The LaB was established in 2017 and is funded for five years to undertake an innovative research program informed by the experiences of service users and providers.

We are seeking highly motivated and qualified applicants for a PhD scholarship to commence in February, 2019. The successful applicant will have, at minimum, an Honours level qualification in social science or related discipline (e.g. sociology, psychology, anthropology, criminology, law, gender, politics, health) and will have experience in quantitative research methods. Utilising their skills with administrative and survey data, the successful candidate will examine why people leave social housing and what happens to them subsequently. The candidate will investigate three questions:

  1. What are the reasons households leave social housing?
  2. What sort of housing do people subsequently move into and, relatedly, what proportion end up experiencing homelessness after they exit.
  3. What are the patterns of service use following exits from social housing.

In answering these questions this PhD project will provide important insights into the personal, social and economic costs of leaving social housing. It will also provide useful information for Unison with respect to maximising positive exits and minimising negative exits which are costly to everyone.

A stipend of $30,900 per annum pro rata (full time study) for three years.

Expressions of interest must be submitted via email by Friday October 26th, 2018.

Expressions of interest should contain the following information:

  • A one-page summary justifying the applicant’s suitability for the role
  • An academic CV
  • Transcript of qualifying degree
  • A copy of any publications, thesis or other scholarly writing

For further information contact:

Dr Juliet Watson,  03 9925 3477

Prof Guy Johnson,   03 9925 9893

Job: Communications Support

Community Housing Limited (CHL) Group of Companies is an innovative and best practice not for profit affordable housing organisation which assists access to, develops and manages sustainable housing for people in need.  Focusing on external Marketing, PR and Communications, we are looking for a highly skilled, committed, passionate professional to join our Box Hill Marketing team and take on the role of Corporate Communications Support in Australia. You will be responsible for supporting the implementation of CHL’s national and international media and marketing communications strategy.

Click here to view the position description and to apply.

Previous applicants need not apply. You will be asked to provide a cover letter and address the key skills & selection criteria and qualifications & experience sections of the position description.

Applications close: 5pm Sunday 2 September 2018

CHL actively promotes safe working with children, a satisfactory police check is required for all staff and those with client related responsibilities are required to provide a working with children check. CHL is an equal opportunity employer working closely with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. CHL acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Australia and we and pay our respect to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and emerging.

IAP position at Unison

The Intake Assessment and Planning (IAP) Worker provides high quality initial assessment and planning services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness and work in close collaboration with other agencies and housing providers.

This role reports to Senior Workers and IAP Manager and focuses on assisting individuals and families in housing crisis through conducting assessments, provision of information and referrals, with follow up and financial support where appropriate. The IAP worker will work as part of a close team delivering front-line IAP services and long-term housing in line with organisational values and policies.

About you

To fill this position, we are seeking staff who:

  • has experience in housing or homelessness support and qualifications in a relevant discipline
  • can adopt a flexible, responsive approach to assist individuals and families to achieve positive outcomes.
  • is empathetic, committed, reliable, positive, respectful and a values-led person
  • has the skills and experience to work effectively and sensitively with a broad range of clients, including those with complex and mental health needs
  • will contribute to the delivery of high quality service to people in housing crisis

Click here to read more and to apply for this position.

Job: Fundraising Manager

The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria is seeking an experienced fundraising manager.

This role would be suited to a relationship fundraiser with experience working in bequests and/or major relationship management where you have raised significant funds. You have a deep understanding and appreciation of best practice philanthropy and fundraising combined with personal maturity and sophistication.

Bring your experience to a growing organisation committed to providing elderly Victorians with a dignified and engaged quality of life.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Job: Short-term Project Work

St Kilda Project/Tenancy Worker – 22 Week Project

  • Are you interested in working with women in a community housing setting?
  • Do you want to work on a new exciting rooming house project?
  • Does short-term Project Work appeal to you?

An exciting new Project/Tenancy Worker Position has been created to set up and manage a recently acquired rooming house.  The position of Project/Tenancy Worker calls for an individual who has experience in tenancy management in community rooming houses and working with women, particularly women who are escaping family violence.

Reporting to the Senior Manager – Tenancy & Reporting, the Project/Tenancy Worker position will be full-time for a period of 22 weeks   Initially the role will be to work with the organisation prior to the hand-over of the rooming house to assist in getting the property ready for tenanting, working with partner agencies, getting referrals, interviewing and selecting tenants for the property.  The role will then manage the tenancies at the property to maintain successful tenancies.

The successful applicant will have experience in tenancy management in a community housing setting and working with women.

The successful applicant will have;

  • Well developed written and communication skills
  • Demonstrated high degree of initiative and problem-solving
  • Demonstrated capacity to work and engage with people with complex needs
  • Experience in tenancy management
  • Experience in working with women
  • Experience in Project Work
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Chintaro or other tenancy management systems
  • An understanding of the issues facing women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Understanding of the legal requirements in which the organisation operates including the RTA, Housing Act and Charter of Human Rights
  • Qualifications in a Social Science or related discipline is desirable
  • A current drivers licence is essential

If this is the role you are looking for, you are qualified and able to start soon, please submit an application, covering letter and resume.  If you require further information about the role, please contact Joanne Holl Senior Manager on (03) 9534 1809.

Applications close cob Monday 13th August 2018.

St Kilda Community Housing Ltd. (SCH) was formed in 1984 and is a Company Limited by Guarantee. SCH provides housing for low-income singles over 18 years of age and at present there are more than 300 residents in 20 properties.

New Launch Housing Chief Executive Announced

Launch Housing, one of Victoria’s largest providers of housing and homeless support services, has announced that current Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid, Bevan Warner, will commence as its new Chief Executive Officer on 29 August 2018.

Launch Housing Chair Neil Chatfield says‘We are delighted to announce Bevan’s appointment. His wealth of experience working with government and communities to advance human rights in meaningful and practical ways, makes him the ideal leader to continue the transformation and long-term development of Launch Housing.

‘He is an experienced Chief Executive and skilled advocate, who has modernised and improved services for the 90,000 plus clients assisted by the legal assistance sector each year.

‘Homelessness is not a condition that can’t be fixed. It is a problem that can be solved with the right policies and priority attention from government and the wider community. An individual life of dignity and the ability to sustain productive employment, requires all people to have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.’

Mr Warner says, ‘People’s experience of neglect, financial insecurity, trauma and ill health can propel them, often unfairly, into the justice system and sometimes into homelessness. We can do better as a community. I am thrilled to be joining Launch Housing, to continue its transformation and long-term development, and to provide much needed services to people in acute need.

‘Launch Housing is an organisation I have long admired, and I look forward to meeting staff, clients, to learning more, and applying my energies and skills to help achieve its mission of ending homelessness.’

-article courtesy of Launch Housing

Kingston seeking Social & Affordable Housing Implementation Coordinator

Flexible (Full Time/Part Time) for 12 Months

A fantastic opportunity exists to take the next step in your career with the City of Kingston. This senior role provides a unique opportunity for an experienced and motivated professional to influence and drive Kingston’s response to social and affordable housing.

With a Social and Affordable Housing Policy currently being developed, this senior role will be responsible for driving and coordinating the complex Council-wide issues relating to social and affordable housing. This includes liaising with consultants to ensure that the policy is completed to a high standard and then ensuring that the implementation actions arising from the policy are put into action.

With unprecedented public and private investment occurring across the municipality, your extensive knowledge and experience in affordable housing and strategic planning will be critical in informing Council’s social and affordable housing response to city shaping urban renewal projects, the State Government’s response to affordable housing, as well as ensuring that the provision of Social and Affordable Housing is at the forefront of the Council agenda.

As an employee of the City of Kingston you will have access to ongoing professional development and a range of employee benefits designed to promote a positive work/life balance, including social club events, wellbeing initiatives, discounted gym membership and health insurance.

Job: Team Leader

Unison is looking to employ a Team Leader, Private Rental Access Program (PRAP), who will report to the Initial Assessment & Planning (IAP) Manager.

PRAP builds on the homelessness services provided by our IAP team.

The main responsibilities of the Team Leader are to assist people to secure and maintain private rental housing, develop relationships with Real Estate Agents, distribute flexible packages of financial assistance and oversee our head leasing programs.

The PRAP worker will be required to travel to the two main sites at Seddon and Werribee for this full-time role, which is fixed term for 12 months.

Click here for details and to apply before Wednesday, July 11.

Housing Administrator role in Williamstown

Williamstown Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd is seeking an experienced Administrator to provide a wide range of skills, including liaising with Directors and General Members, managing vacated and general maintenance matters within the properties.

The role includes liaising with external service providers to ensure work is completed in a professional and timely manner; maintaining property records and information; and, utilising the Chintaro database to record works and property condition.

Permanent Part Time: 22.5 hours per week (flexible)

Click here to download information on the role.

Email your applications on or before Monday, July 2.

Unison seeks Biz Systems Administrator

Unison is looking for a qualified, experienced and dedicated person who sees themselves participating in an innovative environment and developing a best practice service with positive outcomes for staff and the organisation.

Reporting to the Director – Corporate Services, the Business Systems Administrator has end-to-end responsibility for our information needs by supporting the ongoing use and development of our software systems.

Key Accountabilities include:

  • Leadership
  • Business Application Project Coordination
  • Data Integrity and Reporting
  • System Maintenance and Development
  • Staff Support and Training
  • Teamwork and Collaboration

Click here for details.