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Organisation : QCOSS

Location : Brisbane (West End)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Other

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 2 Dec, 2019

About the role

Chief Executive Officer for QCOSS

Lead our fight for equality, opportunity & wellbeing


QCOSS is Queensland’s peak body for the social services sector and a conduit for change.

Our Vision is to achieve equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community.

We’re looking for our next generation leader.  Fresh from marking our 60th anniversary and the development of our new Vision and strategic plan, we’re looking for a passionate and proactive CEO who can take us into our next chapter and beyond.

We need an experienced, bold yet diplomatic leader who will join our team, our membership community and the sector to lead the charge for equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person in Queensland.


The opportunity & challenge

In 2018-2019, we articulated our new Vision, refreshed our brand and narrative, and developed a new strategic plan to guide our work.  We’ve identified key result areas that will support the fulfilment of our plan across success factors, outcomes and measures. Our new CEO will have the opportunity to guide our plan and direct our initiatives and advocacy through 2020 and beyond.

We work with a diverse range of people, including our members, government, community organisations, social service providers and people with lived experience.  At times a tricky balance, we keep people and communities at the heart of our actions.


Who you are

We’re looking for a leader that will ensure QCOSS, our members and our communities bring about positive social change through changing the narrative and through real, tangible actions.  In the face of unprecedented reform within our sector, divisive media and apathetic public, we know we have a significant challenge on our hands to engage people on social issues and give it the attention and support it deserves.

We believe the right person to lead QCOSS and our new vision is:

  • Principled and passionate, yet pragmatic
    Do you feel that we are all in this together? We believe that our systems and society have created the poverty and disadvantage people experience. Our new CEO will recognise the nuances in the challenges we face, balancing our passion for achieving our Vision and the ways in which it can be feasibly achieved with our stakeholders.
  • A bold diplomat, with an understanding of the value of collaboration
    Are you able to bring people along with you, even on the most divisive and challenging issues facing our society? We’re looking for a leader who can connect and engage at all levels. Our new CEO will appreciate the value of our members and how important it is that we add value to the sector and community through our membership.
  • Ready to act, right now
    Do you have an entrepreneurial flair? We think that if you wait for the same, traditional ways of doing things, you miss new opportunities for change and impact. We’re looking for a solution finder who feels the urgency in what we’re trying to do and will help us create new opportunities to achieve change.
  • Inspiring hope while challenging systems in a constructive way
    Are you a natural leader who is respected by leaders, peers and others in our sector? Our new CEO will have the ability to make the best use of our greatest resources in the community, our organisation and our members, by listening, advocating and empowering at all levels.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : QCOSS

For 60 years, we’ve been the champions for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage in communities across the breadth of Queensland.  A voice for all people in Queensland, we use our membership, knowledge, connections and influence to drive social change.

We fight for equality, opportunity and wellbeing for everyone in Queensland, regardless of where they come from, who they pray to, their gender, who they love, how or where they live.  We’re committed to self-determination and opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We do all this through our advocacy, policy development, and engaging and empowering the social service sector and communities.  We bring people together to help solve the biggest social issues faced by people in Queensland, building strength in numbers to amplify our voice.


How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Chief Executive Officer – State peak body via Pro Bono Australia.




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