Leadership Role – advocating for older Queenslanders

Leadership Role – advocating for older Queenslanders

COTA Queensland is looking to further strengthen our Board by appointing new non-executive directors. This is an opportunity to participate in the important work of ensuring ageing in Australia is a time of possibility, opportunity and influence.

In addition to building the Board’s key skills and experience, we want to bring on people with potential for succession to leadership roles.

We see significant opportunity across government and industry sectors to better understand the importance of older people as broad consumers, not just recipients of welfare and aged care services. You will help us build connections across government, business and not-for-profit organisations that will help to sustain our organisation into the future.

Your commitment

Our current Board of six directors is focused on:

  1. Promoting an age friendly Queensland
  2. Being acknowledged as the leading advocate for older Queenslanders
  3. Positioning the organisation as a valued and sustainable partner to business, government and the community

In addition to developing and driving broad strategic goals, you will be particularly involved in:

  • Actively engaging with networks to identify opportunities and build connections to supporters and stakeholders
  • Identifying and implementing opportunities for growing the business sustainably (potentially chairing our new Business Development Committee)
  • Advising and supporting the Chief Executive in line with your experience and expertise

In addition to the commitments above, the Board meets 6-8 times a year and directors also participate in committees and working parties that meet as required. This is a volunteer role with reimbursement of reasonable expenses by agreement.

What you bring

You should have demonstrated commercial experience and be able to draw on extensive networks and connections relevant to our operations. You will have a track record in achieving strategic outcomes and the ability to lead and to contribute in a collegiate environment.

You do not need experience of working directly with older people but should have an understanding and genuine empathy for the concerns of older people and the principles outlined by the World Health Organisation for creating an Age Friendly World.

We value diversity and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to apply. We welcome applications from rural and regional Queensland.

Membership of the AICD would be considered favourably.

About us

COTA Queensland operates as a state based, not-for -profit company limited by guarantee and is also a member of a national federation of COTAs committed to advancing the rights, interests, and futures of people as we age. As the Seniors Peak Service (contracted by the Queensland Government), we work with other groups to gather, collate and disseminate relevant information to influence decision makers about the diverse needs of Queensland’s ageing population.

We work to influence legislation, Government policies and programs, and community attitudes.

We facilitate social change by providing leadership and expert advice on issues for Queenslanders as they age. We work with older people, community organisations, service providers, peak agencies, researchers, Government at all levels, and the COTAs around Australia to inform, advocate, and influence.

As part of our advocacy work, we develop ongoing constructive relationships with an extensive network of stakeholders within and outside of Government. We provide advice directly to decision makers as well as representation on advisory committees and through a broad range of forums. We make public statements, write submissions, and support programs from other organisations that align with our objectives.

We engage actively with older Queenslanders and their organisations through a wide range of channels to understand the issues that are important to them. We work to co-create social change. through:

  • Education, advice and activities to help people better understand ageing
  • Promoting and engaging in research
  • Working in partnership with older Queenslanders to challenge and influence decision makers
  • Looking out for older people experiencing injustice, discrimination, disadvantage or disability
  • Advising governments, community organisations and businesses on how to be Age-friendly

We service Queensland through our small team of paid staff and an expanding network of volunteers. Our offices are in Brisbane CBD.

Applications close 8 March 2021, please submit a covering letter and CV. 

For more information contact:

Peter Howells
Chair COTA Queensland
[email protected]
0401 081 032

Mark Tucker-Evans
Chief Executive COTA Queensland
[email protected]
(07) 3316 2999