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Position Description
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Location: Mental Health Foundation Australia

Department: Executive Leadership

Employment Type: 1.0 EFT Full-time position with occasional additional hours

Other Benefits: Salary sacrificing options available

Approved By: Chairperson, Mental Health Foundation Australia

Date Approved: February 2022

Contact for Enquiries:

Aisha Usman

Telephone: (03) 9826 1422
Email: aisha.usman@mhfa.org.au

Application open: 9th February 2022
Application close: 23rd February 2022
Salary Package: $110,000 - $130,000 plus 10% super

 

ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH FOUDNATION AUSTRALIA


1. MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA PURPOSE

The Mental Health Foundation Australia works to be the leading provider of inclusive support, education and advocacy, research and awareness that promote mental health for ALL.

2. ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA

Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) is the oldest community based mental health organisation, serving the community since 1930s. MHFA is made up of people from all walks of life. It includes professionals, those living with mental illness, families of those living with mental illness, related organisations concerned with mental health and members of the public with an interest in mental health. The Foundation is committed to addressing mental health needs through collaborative effort. We continue to find new ways to add value to our mental health community relationships, to strengthen their foundations to promote better outcomes for all. To find more about Mental Health Foundation Australia visit www.mhfa.org.au 

3. MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA VALUES

It is a requirement of all Mental Health Foundation Australia positions that work will be undertaken in line with the Mental Health Foundation Australia values as follows:
• Integrity - Regardless of the challenge, we stand by our core values with the wellbeing of the community always in mind
• Excellence - We act with the ambition to respond to the needs of the community and go above and beyond expectations
• Compassion - We hold care, respect, and empathy for all members of the community and emphasise the value of kindness and helping others for mental wellbeing.
• Innovation - We act with initiative to investigate new ideas and explore new approaches, pushing the boundaries of what is achievable.
• Inclusion – We celebrate and respect diversity in all its forms and seek to include the whole community in shaping the future for mental health.

4. POSITION SUMMARY

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the MHFA Board of Directors. The CEO is responsible for all MHFA operations, including programs, financial management, operations management, staffing, supervision, and outreach.

5. BROAD RESPONSIBILITIES

The CEO carries the ultimate responsibility among the staff for the actions and operations of the organisation. As key components of the success of the MHFA, the CEO is expected to:


• Ensure that the MHFA develops and implements programs that support the Board’s vision for the organisation and are consistent with its strategic plans and initiatives.
• Ensure the financial viability of the organisation and its long-term financial health.
• Work effectively and in partnership with the MHFA Board of Directors.

6. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

The CEO is also responsible for these five specific leadership areas:

1. Strategic leadership and organisational planning

- Implement the vision and mission of the organisation as defined by the Board.
- Working with the Board, articulate a well-defined organisational philosophy supported by attainable programs, objectives and finances.
- Develop an annual strategic plan and review with the Board how it:
• balances current priorities and long-range requirements of the MHFA members, staff and the Board.
• incorporates knowledge of trends in business, reach-out, corporate and community engagement and other areas.
• include a personal passion and develop creative strategies for delivering quality service to members.
• reflect sensitivity to the current issues or challenges within the mental health sector.
• shows an awareness of the issues confronting the organisation as well as the factors, perspectives, and alternatives related to those issues.

2. PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AND MEMBER SERVICES

- Maintain a slate of consistently high-quality programs and activities that will ensure a national and highly positive reputation for the organisation.
- Develop new programs and services that are relevant to the needs of MHFA members and organisations.
- Pursue innovation while maintaining a respect for tradition and establish programs.
- Maintain a well-defined communication system to provide members with news, updates, and other information.
- To advocate and monitor evidence-based programs and seek advise from the Scientific advisory committee and the Board.

3. CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

- Effectively articulate the MHFA’s mission and programs to mental health organisations and community groups.
- Maintain a strategy for fundraising and pursuing other forms of external support.
- Cultivate relationships with organisations, community groups, programs, and agencies to help the MHFA achieve its priorities and goals and add to its fiscal well-being.
- Encourage the productive involvement of corporate members.

4. STEWARDSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

- Provide evidence to the board of sound fiscal management; efficient and effective use of resources; institutional fiscal soundness; economical operations; and fiscal integrity.
- Demonstrated successful experience in lobbying government (local, state, and federal), philanthropic, business, and other organisations to benefit mental health programs.
- Established experience with successful grant submission and the strategic securing of funding.
- Ensure capital and operating requirements are analysed responsibly and addressed in an effective manner.
- Link planning and resource allocation; manage and account for resources; maintain appropriate records; ensure all necessary tax and other government documents file.
- Generate income for the organisation.
- Ensure the organisation has accurate financial statements, timely reports and conducts periodic external audits, compilations, and reviews.
- Communicate, with integrity and in a consistent, accurate and timely fashion, information related to fiscal matters including the MHFA’s financial status; the budget planning process; matters such as expectations for staff professionalism; and progress in meeting goals.
- Recommend budget adjustments when necessary to avoid depleting the cash reserve.
- Communicate information in a timely and relevant fashion to the MHFA Board of Directors, members and public.
- Protect the integrity and autonomy of the Mental Health Foundation Australia.


5. DECISION MAKING

- The CEO is responsible for all day-to-day decision making, including in relation to the expenditure of funding and the management of human resources.
- The CEO is also responsible for ensuring that the Board is engaged in relation to any significant decisions affecting the overall direction and/or performance of the organisation.


6. PERSONNEL AND STAFF MANAGEMENT

- Effectively Establish a positive and productive working environment for MHFA Manager and staff.
- Regularly conduct performance reviews of manager and staff.
- Provide leadership in organisational decision-making, with timely and decisive responses, but demonstrate a proper balance between delegations and direct actions, delegate responsibility, accountability, and authority appropriately throughout the organisation.
- Balance the financial considerations of the organisation with the staffing and salary plans for manager and staff.
- Ensure staffing levels are in line with the organisation's adequate goals.
- Conduct the hiring process to ensure the selection of high-quality individuals for MHFA staff positions.

7. SELECTION CRITERIA

The following criteria must be met for consideration for this position:

7.1 Essential
- Knowledge and awareness of the mental health industry and mental health issues that affect Australians from diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds.
- Demonstrated ability to build new programs and develop activities that support community development programs.
- Demonstrated understanding of the Federal and State Government policies
- Demonstrated ability to lead a team responsible for ensuring that MHFA Members are being supported in suitable activities and that manager and staff are contributing to the performance of the organisation.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Sound commercial knowledge and understanding of business success principles.
- Proven ability to develop, implement and manage projects to conclusion.
- High level management skills with experience, working in a strong regulatory environment and interacting with government and statutory bodies.
- Understanding of and commitment to the effective implementation of Occupational Health & Safety and Equal Employment Opportunity practices.
7.2 Desirable
- Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field or equivalent experience.
- Previous experience in delivering the CDP (or similar) programs.
- Industry experience in an office environment preferred but not essential
- Experience working with other not-for-profits organisation.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a broad range of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

8. POLICIES AND WORKPLACE PRACTICES

All Mental Health Foundation Australia employees are required to acquaint themselves with the organisation’s policies and procedures and to abide by them at all times.
It is expected that at all times, employees will:
- be respectful towards the organisation, colleagues, clients and the general public
- be cognisant with and uphold the objectives and philosophy of Mental Health Foundation Australia
- act collaboratively with all colleagues
- act in a safe and responsible manner at all times

 


 

Family Violence Support Group Facilitator

Work Type: Contract

Roles:

  • To manage a monthly group working with participants.
  • The facilitator will develop participants self-exploration and self-empowerment themes within a setting that provides social interaction and support, enabling participants to improve their mental health.
  • This will be done by creating a safe, non-stigmatizing and welcoming environment for all participants a safe place where people feel able to express themselves.
  • The facilitator can occasionally provide speakers of interest/stimulating activities to ensure that participants have the opportunity to experience new things and information to help them in their daily lives.

 

Interested individuals can send their CVs to supportgroup@mhfa.org.au

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on 1300 643 287


 

Substance Abuse and Misuse Support Group Facilitator

Work Type: Contract

Roles:

  • To manage a monthly group working with participants.
  • The facilitator will develop participants self-exploration and self-empowerment themes within a setting that provides social interaction and support, enabling participants to improve their mental health.
  • This will be done by creating a safe, non-stigmatizing and welcoming environment for all participants a safe place where people feel able to express themselves.
  • The facilitator can occasionally provide speakers of interest/stimulating activities to ensure that participants have the opportunity to experience new things and information to help them in their daily lives.

 

Interested individuals can send their CVs to supportgroup@mhfa.org.au

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on 1300 643 287


 

Multicultural Mens' Support Group Facilitator

Work Type: Contract

Roles:

  • To manage a monthly group working with participants.
  • The facilitator will develop participants self-exploration and self-empowerment themes within a setting that provides social interaction and support, enabling participants to improve their mental health.
  • This will be done by creating a safe, non-stigmatizing and welcoming environment for all participants a safe place where people feel able to express themselves.
  • The facilitator can occasionally provide speakers of interest/stimulating activities to ensure that participants have the opportunity to experience new things and information to help them in their daily lives.

 

Interested individuals can send their CVs to supportgroup@mhfa.org.au

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on 1300 643 287


Communications and Media Officer

Work Type: Part-time

 

The Communications and Media Officer will assist in the preparation and implementation of an effective media and communications plan to support the six pillars of programs offered by the Mental Health Foundation Australia.

The roles and responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the implementation of PR strategies to support and promote fundraising and marketing activity, mental health awareness programs and events to meet communications objectives
  • Gather, write, and distribute mental health articles, blogs and other content on social media channels and website.
  • Assist in providing communications and media support for fundraising, sponsorships, and partnerships
  • Assist in providing a consistent flow of media information/activity and key messages to staff and other internal stakeholders.

YOU WILL NEED EXPERIENCE IN:

  • Tertiary qualification in public relations, communication, marketing and/or journalism.
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience in a similar role.
  • Experience in dealing with media and generating coverage.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills particularly creating PR angles desirable to media.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to tailor writing to a brief and present material in a concise style from a psychological perspective.
  • Ability to assist in the coordination of media launches and events.
  • Ability to solicit and research material on issues relevant to the mental health.
  • Advanced MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge using Canva and Hootsuite, would be great if your basic knowledge in Adobe tools.
  • Good organisational skills.

Prior to an offer of employment, preferred candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks including a Police check and Working with Children check.

 

Interested individuals can send their CVs to admin@mhfa.org.au

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on 1300 643 287

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