About the role
This is your opportunity to join the dynamic team at Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) whose purpose is to provide new beginnings for vulnerable women and children through the provision of good quality, safe, secure, affordable homes. WPI is seeking a skilled and experienced woman for a newly created Operations Manager position. The position is to support the CEO in ensuring best practice in organisational governance. The role will oversee the operations of WPI and contribute to the successful achievement of the organisational objectives by planning, implementing and managing the operations, compliance, policies and administration of WPI. This will initially be a .8 position with the possibility of increasing as the organisation grows. Exemption H246/2016
About the organisation
Who we are
Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) is a not-for-profit, community housing organisation that provides long-term, affordable homes for women and children facing homelessness. We believe that every human being is entitled to a safe and secure home and that women face the greatest disadvantage in terms of their ability to afford one. Women have less access to employment opportunities and often have limits on their ability to work because they are primary care-givers. They also earn less. In fact, Australian women earn 16% less than men.
It is a terrible reality that only 6.4% of properties in the private rental market in Victoria are affordable for people on low incomes. The market is failing to meet the demand for affordable housing and often it is women (most low income earners are women) who are bearing the brunt of this failure. Crisis services and short-term housing providers are critical in sheltering vulnerable women and children in our community. However, these women need to move on so that others can be helped. In many cases there is no ‘next step’ towards a stable future. WPI wants to offer this next step.
Who we help
Homelessness has many different guises. It can happen to anyone. It includes the thousands of hidden Victorian women who live in unsafe and inappropriate housing.
The women we help are from all walks and stages of life. Women who have faced family violence or are migrants fleeing conflict in their country of origin. Older women who suddenly find themselves without the financial resources to own a home or pay market rents. Women who through circumstance find themselves living in a boarding house, with relatives or staying on a friend’s couch – often with their children. So many women face homelessness or are forced to remain in violent situations because they have nowhere to go.
What we do
Over 21 years, WPI has provided women on low incomes (and in many cases their children) long-term housing solutions which allow them to rebuild their lives. WPI currently provides high-quality, long-term homes for over 200 women and children around Melbourne, with over 80 properties. Tenants pay rent, but it is no more than 30% of their household income, giving them the financial capacity to do more than just exist. Many women return to work or study. Others are able to focus on parenting their children who have suffered trauma due to family violence or the instability of their living situation. WPI’s homes allow them to feel secure. They have the breathing space to overcome the anxiety that goes with not having a safe place to live. They can live with dignity and become involved in their communities.
Our housing stock has been established through a variety of innovative projects, co-operative partnerships in the public, private and community sectors and with the purchase of housing from private developers. All homes are owned and managed by WPI. Capital funding has been sourced from the Office of Housing, the Victorian Property Fund, the Nation Building Initiative, philanthropic grants, community organisations and borrowings from Bank Australia and NAB.
WPI works with local support agencies to ensure that women and children have connections, supports and links to their communities. This helps them address challenges in their lives, some of which may contributed to them facing homelessness in the past.
How to apply for this role
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Please quote in application: Operations manager via Pro Bono Australia.