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Organisation : Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Location : Australia, Sydney

Work type : Various

Sector : Conservation & Environment

Salary type : Volunteer

Application closing date : 5 Apr, 2019

About the role

The GPAP Board is above all else the guarantor of the integrity of the organisation. GPAP Board directors are required to uphold their statutory and fiduciary duties to act in good faith; avoid conflict of interests and owe duty of care diligence and skill.

The full range of GPAP Board member responsibilities is extensive. In summary, the GPAP Board is expected to exercise the following key responsibilities:

  • Ensure that GPAP’s mission is clear, appropriate and maintains relevance as times change
  • Provide guidance for setting the direction of GPAP
  • Continuously monitor GPAP’s programmes and activities to ensure they are aligned with GPAP’s mission and achieve their short-term goals and long-term purpose
  • Oversee executive performance by setting objectives and performance indicators for the CEO and regularly reviewing his/her performance
  • Assure that GPAP obtains and appropriately uses the resources required to carry out GPAP’s mission and sustain it
  • Be satisfied as to the adequacy and integrity of financial and other reporting to the Board and that there are adequate systems of internal control; and
  • Establish and maintain robust systems for identification and management of risks

As a member of the board of a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), GPAP Board members have duties and responsibilities prescribed under the ACNC Governance Standard 5, which include:

  • To act with reasonable care and diligence
  • To act in good faith in the best interests of Greenpeace and for a proper
  • Not to improperly use information or position
  • To disclose conflicts of interest
  • To ensure that financial affairs are managed responsibly
  • Not to allow the charity to operate while insolvent.

Meetings per year Applicants to the GPAP Board need to be able to have sufficient time to contribute to the Board work (approximately 15 – 20 days per year). The GPAP Board meet at least six (6) times per year in Sydney, in person. The cadence will be a formal evening Board dinner, followed by a full day Board meeting the following day. Additional tasks include participation in Board Committees, meeting preparation time, travel, and the accumulation of small parcels of time responding to emails, phone calls and other ad hoc tasks.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity. GPAP’s gross income in 2018 was $20million.

Our core values:

  • Independence. We do not accept money from governments, corporations or political parties because it would compromise our core values.
  • Bearing witness. Our peaceful protests work to raise awareness and bring public opinion to bear on decision-makers.
  • Non-violent direct action. We strongly believe that violence in any form is morally wrong and accomplishes nothing. Greenpeace takes non-violent direct action at the point of an environmental crime to expose an environmental problem.

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Board Member via Pro Bono Australia.


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