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Board Treasurer

Organisation : Fair Agenda

Location : Australia

Time required : 10 hours per week

Duration of project : 2 years

Skill area : Advocacy, Board & Committee Members, Finance & Accounting

Sector : Community Engagement, Law, Justice & Human Rights, Women

Posted on : 25 Jun, 2020

About the role

At Fair Agenda we believe that a better future is possible, and that the actions we each take can help shape it. We know that when a community comes together to speak out on issues they believe in, they can drive powerful change.

Our small but mighty staff team supports a community of more than 38,000 Australians who collectively take action to influence decision-makers in parliaments, business and our communities to change the policies that change women’s lives.

Our Board of Directors supports the team and community to affect that change – contributing their expertise in strategy, governance and management.

Fair Agenda is committed to building a diverse Board team to support our community and staff team. We seek to recruit members who bring unique and complementary strengths to the Board team. In this recruitment round we are searching for a Board member who has:

  • A passion for tackling structural gender inequality, and campaigning for a fair and equal future for women,
  • An accounting qualification (such as CPA or CA),
  • Experience managing and/or providing oversight on organisational finances – including financial forecasting and risk management,
  • An ability to provide oversight on financial governance and regulation compliance matters relevant to a not-for-profit,
  • An ability to provide input and feedback on organisational strategy.

Fair Agenda recognises that issues of gender discrimination differently and disproportionately affect people who are also marginalised for other reasons – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, people living with a disability, and LGBTQI people. We are working towards ensuring our board and staff team reflects the diversity of lived experiences of the community we seek to serve. We particularly encourage women and non-binary people who are members of these and other marginalised communities to apply for this and other roles on the Fair Agenda team.

Please note that this role is not restricted to a particular physical location. We also encourage people based outside of metropolitan areas to apply.

The role of the Fair Agenda Board

The Directors of Fair Agenda are collectively responsible for:

  • Upholding the mission of the organisation and ensuring the organisation is in the best position to foster a bold and inclusive movement of Australians taking action for a fair and equal future for women,
  • Ensuring the organisation remains compliant to relevant regulatory bodies,
  • Organisational oversight, including approving major strategic and financial decisions,
  • Ensuring long term strategy is in place – including approving, evaluating and refining strategic planning,
  • Driving organisation review and risk review processes,
  • Ensuring the organisation uses its finances in an impactful and sustainable way,
  • Assisting with fundraising where possible, as part of the Board’s role in ensuring the organisation’s financial sustainability,
  • Selecting, supporting and reviewing the performance of the Executive Director, and
  • Providing expert and strategic advice and mentoring, to Executive Director as required

During Fair Agenda’s start-up phase Board members also play an important ambassadorial role for the organisation, and are expected to help build relationships with organisations, individuals and potential donors where appropriate.

About Fair Agenda
Fair Agenda is a community campaigning organisation made up of 38,000 Australians working together to win changes that bring us closer to a fair and equal future for women.

Since Fair Agenda launched our first campaign in 2014 we have:

  • Helped win the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland and NSW,
  • Helped stop thousands of calls to the national domestic violence hotline from going unanswered, by winning $4 million of additional federal government funding for 1800 RESPECT,
  • Stopped scheduled cuts to working parents’ time to care for their newborns that would have hurt 79,000 families per year,
  • Kept a media spotlight on the federal government’s decision to leave thousands of women without access to family violence services they need to be safe – and helping push the government to announce an additional $150 million for family violence response,
  • Pushed more than a dozen universities to improve the transparency and quality around their training to prevent sexual violence; and established the first public record of the training policies of Australia’s university residences.
    Plus more.

All of this has been possible a tiny team of staff and volunteers supporting our 38,000 members.

Requirements of Board members

All Fair Agenda Board members are required to:

  • Be willing and able to oversee governance and organisational strategy,
  • Be available for Board duties, including:
  • – Attending 2 hours of Board meetings each month (via videoconference),
  • – Completing 2 hours of pre-reading for board meetings each month,
  • – Attending 2 x board retreats each year (these will generally last up to one full day, and can be attended remotely via video conference),
  • – Providing mentoring and ad hoc support to the Executive Director in areas of their expertise,
  • – Attending Fair Agenda events where possible.
  • Prepare for and participate in the discussions and deliberations of the Board,
  • Be aware of, disclose and abstain from any conflict of interest.
  • Contribute to fundraising in line with their capacity (please note: all board members are asked to become monthly donors). <

In addition, the Treasurer will:

  • Provide oversight specifically over the finances of the organisation,
  • Serve on the finance subcommittee and participate in committee calls for one hour each month,
  • Review procedures and financial reporting, and ensure the organisation is meeting any financial governance obligations.

With these obligations in mind; we ask that applicants for this role commit to an availability of approximately 10 hours per month for Board duties.

We also note that the intention to stand as a candidate for public office is considered a conflict of interest incompatible with holding the position of Director at Fair Agenda.

About the organisation

Organisation name : Fair Agenda
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Position Description : FA Board Treasurer PD_June20

For details concerning this role , please contact

Renee Carr

Phone : 0435597976

Email :

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


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