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Join Our Team

The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria provides rewarding career paths, flexible working conditions, fair pay rates and a supportive environment.

Be part of the change!

We value all staff and provide learning and development opportunities to foster staff and help them grow.

We seek to attract and retain talented people and have developed and implemented a range of initiatives to support staff. We value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

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There are currently three positions available at OCAV.

Philanthropy Manager

·      Grow opportunities for older Victorians in need to access quality housing and care
·      Raise funds through government, philanthropic and corporate grants
·      Build a bequest program
·      Fixedtwo-year contract(flexible,0.8–1.0FTE)
·      Excellent salary packaging benefits!

The Old Colonists ‘Association of Victoria(OCAV) provides elderly Victorians with a safe and affordable home and ongoing care.Currently we have four villages, housing nearly 500 residents and over 300 staff and volunteers. Our unique, continuum of care and community style villages provide a happy and vibrant place to both live and work.

The demand for affordable housing for older Victorians in need drives our plans and ambitions to do more. We are committed to both innovation and quality in service delivery.  We are actively building our profile as a leader in the provision of housing and care and constantly looking to strengthen relationships within the community.

The Role
This position plays a vital role in the sustainability and growth of OCAV. Reporting to the CEO, working closely with the communications consultant and executive team you will develop and implement strategies aimed at increasing philanthropic revenue.  The major focus will be on grants and bequests along with fundraising events linked to our 150th.
As OCAV approaches its 150th anniversary it is an exciting time to engage and develop our supporter base.

You will;
·      Develop and implement strategies to grow philanthropic and government grants resulting in increased revenue
·      Build the bequest program for the longer term
·      Develop, implement and manage fundraising events
·      Research and identify philanthropic, corporate and community donors with a view to nurturing long term relationships
·      Manage budgets and track/report on the success of philanthropic activities

Skills Required
This role would be suited to a person with experience managing a grants and trusts program, working in bequests and fundraising events where you have raised significant funds. You have a deep understanding and appreciation of best practice philanthropy combined with personal maturity and sophistication.  You will have excellent writing skills, you are a team player and a self-starter.

What You Can Expect:

·Competitive Salary
·Salary Sacrifice (up to $15,900pa)
·Fantastic opportunity to be part of a long established, not for profit, market leader in affordable living for older Victorians.
·Be part of an exciting growth period for the Association, especially leading up to the 150th anniversary in 2019!
·Flexible work days

Bring your experience to a growing organisation committed to providing elderly Victorians with a dignified and engaged quality of life.For more information and a copy of the PD please contact our HR Advisor Louise Blagus: e  p  (03) 94331116.

Applications should be forwarded to the HR Advisor at



  • Full time – work close to home!
  • Fantastic work/life balance (RDO’s)
  • Excellent Salary Packaging benefits!

The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria is a long established not for profit organisation providing care and accommodation for older Victorians.

We are seeking a self-motivated team player with a strong work ethic to lead our gardening team at our beautiful Leith Park Estate (St Helena) on a full-time basis.

Reporting directly to the Property Manager, this person will be responsible in carrying out a wide range of tasks to ensure the upkeep of gardens throughout the estate.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have the following:

  • Minimum two years’ experience in medium to large scale operation involving lawns & hedge garden maintenance, planting and pruning.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with senior residents, other staff members, contractors and suppliers
  • First Aid Certificate.
  • Landscape design.
  • Trade Certificate or Level 4 Certificate in Horticulture or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements including those applicable to pesticides and herbicides
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Current Victorian driver’s licence
  • A current Police Check is essential

This is a full-time position, Monday – Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm (including RDO’s).

For further information or copy of the position description, please contact Louise Blagus (HR Advisor) on (03) 94331116.

Applications should be forwarded to the HR Advisor at

Applications close Friday, 25 January, 2019.




Pete Zawacki drove to Leith Park twice a week to visit his mother, Helen, until her death a year ago. After she died he wanted to honour her memory and ‘repay’ the kindness staff showed her by volunteering.

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