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Organisation : Australian Art Orchestra

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 20 hours per month

Duration of project : Ongoing

Sector : Arts & Culture

Application closing date : 4 Jul, 2022

About the role

The AAO is seeking a Treasurer to join the Board in a Volunteer capacity at an exciting stage of growth for the organisation. The Treasurer leads the financial oversight of the organisation and is a key member of the Board. The AAO receives funding at the local, state and federal levels of government and maintains a local, national and international presence. Candidates based in any State or Territory of Australia are encouraged to apply. 

The role of the Treasurer is to ensure that other Board members understand and can make informed strategic decisions based on the financial position of the organisation. Key activities include but are not limited to: review of Board papers and monthly financial reports, providing direction on financial and risk management matters including policy and procedures, review and setting of budgets, oversight of financial performance as well as the annual audit process, monitoring of expenses, and representation at Board meetings.

The Treasurer will be required to work collaboratively with the Executive Producer and Paxinos Habash, the company contracted for bookkeeping and other financial services support, to advise on financial and risk management issues and suggest improvements to the financial systems and processes. The Treasurer should ideally have some commercial experience, and an interest in applying this experience to the AAO. The Treasurer shares responsibility and decision making with other members of the Board.

Time Commitment 

  • Approx. 20 hours per month – can vary by month in line with annual reporting requirements.
  • 6 Board meetings in a year, (in-person or over zoom).
  • Participation at an annual strategy day (in-person).
  • Attendance at AAO concerts or programs is encouraged where possible.

Qualifications / desirable skills:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Professional accounting or financial management experience
  • Ability to interpret and present financial statements
  • Experience with the protocols for not-for-profit organisations (DGR status)
  • Commercial experience
  • Familiarity with Xero accounting software is desirable
  • Previous experience in the not-for profit sector / Board is desirable
  • An interest in, and desire to support contemporary art music and the arts more broadly

About the organisation

Organisation name : Australian Art Orchestra

With an emphasis on improvisation, The Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) explores the meeting points between disciplines and cultures, and imagines new musical forms to reflect the energy and diversity of 21st century Australia.

Founded by Paul Grabowsky AO in 1994 the AAO is one of Australia’s leading contemporary ensembles. Now led by daring composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight, its work constantly seeks to stretch genres and break down the barriers separating disciplines, forms and cultures. It explores the interstices between the avant-garde and the traditional, between art and popular music, between electronic and acoustic approaches, and creates music that traverse the continuum between improvised and notated forms.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.

Please quote in application: Treasurer via Pro Bono Australia.


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