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Board Chair

Organisation : It's Not A Compliment

Location : Australia (Melbourne)

Time required : 5-10 hours per month

Duration of project : 3 years

Skill area : Advocacy, Board & Committee Members, Consulting & Strategy, Management

Sector : Community Development, Community Engagement, Women

About the role

It’s Not A Compliment is committed to maintaining a strong, diverse and intersectional board where individual members bring unique strengths to the organisation. 

At this point in time, we are looking for a Board Chair. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated or lived commitment to intersectional approaches to feminism, and policy advocacy more broadly.

INAC Board Directors are responsible for:

  • Protecting the mission of the INAC and supporting the organisation in building a movement focused on achieving street justice for all
  • Actively contributing to the organisation and staying well informed on its mission, programs, activities and operating environment
  • Ensuring long term strategy is in place, including developing, evaluating and refining the organisation’s strategic plan
  • Ensuring organisational oversight using an intersectional framework, including approval of major strategic and financial decisions;
  • Assist in fundraising to help the organisation attain its goals, including securing potential donors
  • Reading papers before all meetings and being prepared to engage in deliberations by adding value to discussions to reach decisions
  • Acting in the best interests of INAC at all times
  • Ensuring the organisation remains compliant to regulatory bodies
  • Driving annual organisation review and risk review process
  • Ensuring the organisation uses its finances in a sustainable way
  • Providing expert and strategic advice to the Executive Director as required
  • Upholding Board confidentiality.

In addition, the Board Chair will be expected to:

  • Review, in consultation with the Executive Director, the agenda for and Chair all Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting;
  • Act as an ambassador for the organisation when required;
  • Bring agenda items to the meeting that add value to the organisation;
  • Be responsible for the leadership of the Board of INAC, and play a key role in ensuring the Board delivers upon its responsibilities.
  • Act as a key liaison between Board Directors and the Executive Director
  • Work with Directors to manage conflicts of interest
  • Review and ensure accurate meeting Minutes are maintained
  • Attend all meetings
  • Ensure that meeting discussion content is confined to relevant strategic topics
  • Ensure governance performance is regularly reviewed. This includes:
    • Counselling non-performing group members after consultation with another senior member of the group
    • Ensuring Board Directors are satisfied with their contribution to the Board
    • Ensuring that the annual performance reviews of the Board and the Executive Director are conducted in a professional and timely manner
    • Regularly reviewing the Board’s own performance as the basis for its own development and quality assurance
    • Regularly reviewing own performance with a view to ensuring a suitable contribution to group deliberations and decision-making and, if found lacking, should either pursue training or assistance to improve their performance or resign
  • Manage a productive relationship with the Executive Director and management team
    • Regularly review with the Executive Director (and other senior staff officers as the Executive Director recommends), progress on important initiatives and significant issues facing INAC
    • Maintain productive relationship between the Board, the CEO and the organisation
    • Discuss major issues confronting the organisation with the Executive Director and reports such concerns back to the Board
    • Advocate for the work of the group and influence the organisational agenda
    • Guide and mediate Board actions with respect to major organisational priorities and governance concerns

Selection Criteria:

INAC is committed to maintaining a strong, diverse and intersectional board where individual members bring unique strengths to the organisation.

We’re searching for individuals who:

  • Have demonstrated experience and/or interest in INAC’s work
  • Can act as an ambassador for INAC, and can use skills, knowledge and experience to promote the best interests of the organisation and assisting in fundraising.
  • Have significant Non-Executive Director experience, ideally including experience as Chair.
  • Have a strong knowledge of governance.

Applications close on 7 May 2021 at 5 PM.

About the organisation

Organisation name : It's Not A Compliment
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Position Description : Board Chair PD

Aakanksha Manjunathaswamy

Phone : 0412919424

Email :

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


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