Volunteer governance opportunities

Governance Institute is pleased to offer a complimentary web listing service for Not-for-Profit organisations requiring assistance in their governance practices. Many NFP organisations would benefit from help from qualified Governance Institute members and we encourage members to offer their support.

NFP organisations currently requiring assistance:

East Timor Hearts Fund, based in Melbourne, Victoria is seeking a volunteer Company Secretary. The Company Secretary plays a key role in the organisation, working closely with the CEO and board. The Company Secretary provides strategic legal and governance advice to the CEO and board, and oversees all aspects of the organisation’s regulatory compliance. In addition to statutory obligations relating to reporting and record keeping, the Company Secretary oversees board and company member meeting processes to ensure that they are effective and compliant. The Company Secretary role is supported by other staff and volunteer positions, responsible for tasks such as board and committee minute taking. The role may also involve liaising with external legal advisers regarding advice on governance or other issues. The candidate will be subject to ETHF policies and procedures, including the ETHF Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy. The candidate will need to agree to and sign the ETHF Volunteer Agreement. Applications will need to include a resume and covering letter addressing how the applicant’s skills and experience make them suitable for the role. Send applications to david.marlow@easttimorhearts.org.au. Applications close 20 November 2019.

Hepatitis NSW, a not-for-profit health promotion charity based in Surry Hills, Sydney is seeking two volunteer Board members to assist with accredited accounting qualifications and a person engaged in human resource management.  We are seeking Board members who are well versed in governance matters, have managed people and/or projects and who are passionate and knowledgeable about the health and social needs of people affected by viral hepatitis. Although not a requirement, lived experience of hepatitis B or hepatitis C is desirable. Your commitment will include a minimum of six (6) Board meetings a year and up to four (4) Committee meetings a year (if applicable).  Meetings are usually held on a Thursday evening, 6pm  8pm.  Participation by electronic means is also available. For further information, please contact Dr Denise Jarratt, President, via email to jgennery@hep.org.au providing phone contact details and preferred contact times. To apply, please submit a three-page resume addressing governance, management, professional qualifications criteria and/or experience of the health and social needs of people affected by viral hepatitis via email to jgennery@hep.org.au.  Applications close 27 November 2019.

Brisbane Women’s Club, based in Brisbane, Queensland, is seeking a volunteer Chair and Board Director to assist with corporate governance of a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee operating in the gender equality space.  Your commitment will include attendance at regular board meetings, working committee meetings, operational meetings and activities and events hosted by BWC, all locally held in Brisbane.  For further information or to apply, please contact Leah Stangle, secretary@bwc.org.au, 0421 707 050 for the Position Description(s) and Selection Criteria.  Applications close 29 November 2019.

Jika Jika Community Centre, based in Northcote, Victoria, is seeking a volunteer Committee of Governance member to assist with organisational leadership, organisation of the Committee, Officers and sub-committees, financial management, management oversight, promotion of the organisation, evaluation and development of Centre Manager, and review of organisational reports/plans. Your commitment will include a two-hour monthly Committee meeting (except December) and an AGM in October.  Meetings are held from 7pm – 9pm on Thursday evenings (or occasionally Tuesdays) in the first week of the month.  There is occasional work and meetings outside of these hours.  A childcare subsidy is available for eligible members for meeting times. For further information or to apply, please contact Gina Wittingslow, Centre Manager, Jika Jika Community Centre at office@jikajika.org.au or call 03 9482 5100. Applications close on 30 November 2019.

Adventure Patch, based in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania require a Company Secretary who will be responsible for managing governance and statutory compliance requirements relating to board processes, including the management of board and sub-committee meetings. The role will be of an advisory nature relating to board members’ legal obligations and compile and submit appropriate reporting to government agencies and reporting bodies. Your commitment includes monthly board meetings (12 per year), generally on the third Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please submit your resume and a short cover letter to Sonia Shelverton (sonia.shelverton@adventurepatch.org.au). Please detail any leadership, governance and/or board experience and your motivation for applying to Adventure Patch. Applications close 6 December 2019.

The Quest for Life Foundation is a not-for-profit based in Bundanoon, NSW. We are seeking a volunteer Company Secretary to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Company Secretary as required by the corporations act, the company's constitution, the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) and any other relevant legislation or regulation. Duties will include taking minutes and the preparation and compilation of board papers. There are six board meetings annually usually held on Monday evening, commencing 6pm. The meetings are held in Kirribilli, Sydney. For further information or to apply, please contact CEO, Quest for Life Foundation, Petrea King: keri@questforlife.com.au. Applications close 5pm, 12 December 2019.

Diving WA (www.wadiving.com.au), based in Perth WA, is seeking an independent board member/volunteer board secretary for a two (2) year term. The ideal candidate should have a legal background and qualifications, and be proficient in taking accurate minutes at board meetings. Your commitment will include approximately ten board meetings and one AGM per year and associated preparation for those meetings. For further information or to apply, please contact CEO Steven Rose on steven.rose@wadiving.com.au or (08) 6424 9090. Applications close Friday 29th November.

Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre INC (CNLC) is seeking expressions of interest for two vacancies on the voluntary Committee of Governance with applicants requested to commit for a two – three-year minimum period. The Committee of Governance meeting is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6pm. In addition, committee members are encouraged to join either the Operations Sub-Committee (usually a Tuesday night at 6pm) or the Strategic Sub-committee (usually a Thursday night at 6pm.) Applicants with skills in the areas of Governance, Strategic planning, Business development, Adult Education, ICT, Marketing, Human Resources and Community Strengthening are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for nomination you must first join the association (no fee). Further information on the role is available from the Manager Mary Parfrey through email maryp@cnlc.org.au or via telephone (03) 9347 2739. Applications close 31 December 2019.

Further information

NFP organisations requiring support and wishing to add a listing to this service should contact us at careerpost@governanceinstitute.com.auYou do not need to be a Governance Institute member to list a voluntary role. For more information, see our FAQ's

Disclaimer: In listing any NFP organisation on this site, Governance Institute does not assess or endorse its purpose or mission. Provided the organisation is constituted legally and its activities are undertaken legally, Governance Institute is of the view that facilitating improvement of their governance practices is in the best interest of the organisation and the general community. Governance Institute does not participate in due diligence of these volunteer opportunities, apart from confirming their NFP status. Any arrangements made between the Governance Institute member and the NFP organisation are entirely at the risk of the individual and the NFP organisation and Governance Institute accepts no liability. We recommend members assure themselves of the suitability of any volunteer roles in the same way they would for a paid position.

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