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INCH Housing Inc

http://www.inchhousing.org.au

Annual Budget: more than $1,500,000
Number of Paid Staff: 4 - 10
Number of Volunteers: 6-20
Community Segment: Shelter & Residential Care

Current Board Size: 8-12
Board Meetings (frequency): Monthly
Board Meetings Held: At Night
State where Board Meetings Held: Queensland
Local Government Area: Brisbane City Council

Any further information about this vacancy:

The Association

INCH Housing Inc (INCH) is a non-profit association with charitable status and has been providing social and community housing since September 1991. Its core business is the provision and management of transitional and long term rental housing in the inner northern suburbs of metropolitan Brisbane to people on low incomes.  INCH manages 155+ properties, across 5 different housing service lines.

INCH is governed by a volunteer Board (up to 8 members) who are drawn from a diverse range of professions to ensure the Board comprises the necessary skills, experience and drive to best support INCH in delivering transitional and Long term housing to people on low incomes. INCH’s workforce consists of 8 paid staff (2 full time and 6 part time workers), 3 volunteers and 8 University students.

INCH’s membership averages between 30-35 members annually, a large majority of whom are current or ex-tenants of properties managed by INCH. Other members are Board members, staff, community service providers, volunteers and general community members. 

Our Vision: To provide safe, affordable, accessible housing for all people in South East Queensland

Our Mission: To assist people to successfully retain safe, affordable housing

Our Clients: INCH’s clients are people who have high or very high needs (as defined by the Department of Housing and Public Works) and identify as belonging in one of the following social groups:

  • People with disabilities or mental health issues; Indigenous people; people escaping domestic violence; homeless people; youth and older people; low income single people and people from international cultures

Our Partners:
INCH works in partnership with:

  • Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, which provides funding for transitional housing programs and head leasing arrangements for long term housing
  • Brisbane City Council, which provides head leasing arrangements for the homelessness program
  • A diverse range of community services, government agencies and local businesses, who provide support options and assistance to our clients

The Role of the Real Estate Board Member

The INCH Board is seeking a Board member who has demonstrated experience in the real estate industry and who has participated at a high level in the governance of a charity association.

This Board member will be responsible for overseeing INCH’s Strategic goals as they relate to the development of an INCH real estate agency to generate additional revenue, and will be expected to participate in meetings of INCH’s Business Sub-Committee which currently includes, INCH’s President, other Board members, CEO and staff.

Role:

  • To take a leadership role in the development of INCH’s real estate strategies at governance level
  • To take a leadership role in the development of INCH’s Project towards establishing  an INCH real estate agency and be able to demonstrate the following:
    • Strong understanding of the Real Estate industry and knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations
    • Business development experience and skills to guide the implementation of the real estate section within the association
    • Experience in real estate business strategies with regard to property sales and property management
    • Knowledge of property advertising and marketing strategies and processes
  • To take an oversight role in monitoring Real Estate activities and financial returns
  • To work collaboratively with other Board Members in meeting all the duties and responsibilities of the Board

The Role of the Fundraising Board Member

The INCH Board is seeking a Board member who has demonstrated experience in planning and organizing fundraising activities and who has participated at a high level in the governance of a charity association.

This Board member will be responsible for overseeing INCH’s Strategic goals as they relate to fundraising and will be expected to participate in meetings of INCH’s Fundraising Sub-Committee which includes Board members and staff.

Role:

  • To take a leadership role in the development of INCH’s fundraising strategies at governance level.
  • To take a leadership role in refining fundraising opportunities such as establishing fundraising targets, developing community leverage connections for INCH and exploring options such as:
  • External events (organised by others with INCH as recipient)
  • Sponsorships
  • Bequests
  • Grants funding
  • To lead and co-ordinate the fundraising team
  • To implement and manage fundraising activities
  • To take a resource role with regard to fundraising legislation and regulations
  • To take an oversight role in monitoring fundraising outputs and achievements
  • To work collaboratively with other Board Members in meeting all the duties and responsibilities of the Board

The Role of the Board Member

The INCH Board is seeking a Board member who has demonstrated experience in the community housing sector and/or who has participated at a high level in the governance of a charity association.

Role

Prepare for and attend Board meetings

  • Take responsibility for any delegated tasks that arise from Board meetings
  • Be an active participant in sub-committees (eg, Finance and Audit, Business, Certification and Risk and Fundraising sub-committees)
  • Act within the ‘authority’ of the Board
  • Be familiar with the responsibilities and liabilities associated with being a Board member specifically with respect to  statutes of both state and federal jurisdictions.  g. Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Be familiar with INCH policies and assist in developing new policies and/or evaluating existing policies
  • Responsibilities for all positions:

    • You must have a genuine interest in providing community housing services to the most vulnerable people in our community who have very high or high complex needs and are on a low income
    • You must possess the ability to communicate effectively at all levels of society and continuously promote a culture of mutual respect
    • You must be able to commit to a minimum of 12 months service on the Board
    • You must be able to attend at least 7 night Board Meetings (8 -10 meetings per annum which are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month) as well as Sub Committee meetings (3 - 5 per annum)
    • You must be able to contribute approximately 1- 5 hrs per week to undertake the duties and responsibilities of a Board member
    • You must demonstrate the necessary skills, knowledge and experience in understanding the needs of disadvantaged people in Brisbane Metropolitan area

    The application process:

    If you are considering the Volunteer Real Estate Board position, please email admin@inchhousing.org.au in the first instance to obtain INCH’s Board Recruitment Kit.

    If you are interested in the position, can you please provide INCH with your Curriculum Vitae, two referees and a response of up to two pages addressing the following questions:

    • What do you know about INCH Association and how passionate are you about INCH’s Mission?
    • What do you think are the characteristics of a successful Board member?
    • Board members often bring skills and attributes such as business or management experience, wisdom, strategic thinking and effective decision-making to the association. Can you demonstrate where you have applied these skills and attributes in your career to date?
    • How will your skills and experiences support INCH to implement its Business Plan, specifically in relation to the specific role you are applying for?  


      Role: General Board Members
      Area of Expertise Being Sought: Business, Real Estate industry experience, Fundraising and Community Housing/Housing sector
      Targeting: Not supplied

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