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Chief Executive Officer - Karinya House

Karinya House for Mothers and Babies

Karinya House for Mothers and Babies (Karinya) is a community based, not for profit organisation servicing Canberra and the surrounding regions. For over 24 years, Karinya has provided immediate support for women who are pregnant or have babies and have nowhere else to turn. As a twenty-four-hour, seven day a week service, Karinya is the only service specifically for pregnant and parenting women in the region, offering residential as well as outreach case management and support. 

Karinya recognises and acknowledges the unique lived experiences of women as they navigate building a future for themselves. Our practice framework is focused on developing a sense of hope and belonging, to effect lasting positive change in the lives of the women in contact with Karinya. 

By providing a framework of care that encompasses the whole person, practitioners walk alongside women as they develop their capacity to represent themselves and to make informed choices about their own lives. The Karinya Practice Framework is founded within the principles of trauma informed care and practice. Individual casework management and flexibility in service provision are paramount at Karinya. 

Karinya is a non-government, non-judgmental and non-religious organisation.

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This is a rare opportunity to assume the leadership role at a dynamic not-for-profit organisation.

The Karinya House Committee and Executive have identified the culture of Karinya, as established by the Founding Members and developed under the tenure of the Association’s Executive Director from 1997 to 2021, is the most critical point on which all organisational activity must pivot.

The Culture of Karinya is premised in an “Ethic of Care”.

  • Care is the basis of everything that Karinya does every day.
  • Care of self (and ensuring this) supports Care for others.
  • Care for the women we walk alongside.
  • Care for staff and volunteers, including the committee.
  • Care for our funding partners and donors.
  • Care for our service partners.

In determining what makes Karinya work and what makes Karinya stand apart from other services, the overarching element of care has been identified as the key factor instilled over the first 24 years of the organisation. Excellence in service delivery and governance, stems from this most basic premise, that all things we do, every day, are done with care. Thus the CEO will be required to work from a basis of ensuring social justice principles and an ethic of care is embedded in all that Karinya House does.

The CEO will be expected to represent the Karinya House Practice Framework and continuing to drive change in the language used for women who are pregnant, or parenting and who are experiencing a period of homelessness or other complexities, to one that speaks with respect and recognition.

The role will be fully supported by a Services Director focused on the Practice of Care, and an Executive Officer and Finance and Business Manager, to drive strategy, governance and financial sustainability. These functions are also performed within the Karinya culture of care.

Working in the NFP sector, salary packaging is available.

Salary Range is $100,000 to $105,000 per annum (for 70 Hours per Fortnight) plus superannuation.

Refer to Position Description (below) for further information, including how to apply.

For further information on the position, please contact Belinda Munn, Executive Officer, on 0408 095 243 or [email protected].

Applications close: 
Monday 31 January 2022 - 3:00pm

Belinda Munn, Executive Officer, Ph: 0408 095 243, Email: [email protected]

First posted: 
Friday 3 December 2021