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Board Treasurer

Organisation : Fair Agenda

Location : Australia

Time required : 5 hours a month

Duration of project : 2 years

Skill area : Finance & Accounting

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

Application closing date : 15 Nov, 2021

About the role

Background

Fair Agenda is a growing community of more than 43,000 Australians campaigning for a fair and equal future where we can all live with safety, security and agency over our lives – no matter our gender. We believe that a better future is possible, and that the actions we each take can help shape it.

We know our power lies in working together, because when we come together to stand up on issues we believe in, we can drive powerful change.

Our dedicated Board of Directors supports the staff team and our movement members to affect that change – contributing their expertise in strategy, governance, and management.

Fair Agenda is committed to building a diverse team, and are working towards ensuring our Board reflects the diversity of those we seek to serve. Accordingly, we seek to recruit members who bring unique and complementary strengths to the Board.

 

The Role

Supported by a small staff team who manage day to day matters, we envisage our Treasurer, who would also be a Board member, would take on the key responsibilities of:

  • Reviewing the annual budget and monthly financial reports prepared by the Executive Director,
  • Reporting at Board meetings on the financial position and performance of the organisation
  • Chairing finance sub-committee meetings each month,
  • Identifying relevant accounting and tax compliance matters and ensuring these are addressed by the Executive Director,
  • Informing the Board of any accounting and financial implications of Board decisions to promote fiscal responsibility,
  • Acting as a resource to the Board and staff team,
  • Where possible providing technical accounting assistance and feedback to management, Board, and finance sub-committee,
  • Presenting audited financial statements to the Board and at the AGM.
  • Providing oversight of the finances of the organisation.

 

Support for the Role

The Executive Director (CEO) of Fair Agenda has well established financial forecast and cash flow management processes. At each monthly Board meeting the Board are presented with a balance sheet, and a forecast that covers our overall financial year position as well as month by month projected and expected cash flow. The Executive Director also reports against a EOFY reserve goal and 3 month cash flow requirement.

Fair Agenda’s day to day finances are maintained by a paid, independent bookkeeper who is a Chartered Accountant with a specialty in tax accounting. The bookkeeper maintains financial records, prepares the financial statements monthly, manages ATO and other regulatory obligations and manages the auditor Collins & Co. Fair Agenda’s financial statements in the year to 30 June 2020 have been independently reviewed, and last financial year’s statements are in the process of being reviewed.

In terms of scale, Fair Agenda’s annual revenue is of the order of $500,000 p.a. and we have 4 employees. We believe our impact and profile far exceed our absolute scale.

The Treasurer would join an overall Board team that bring a wealth of expertise across all areas of operation, including in fundraising. As a whole the Board team are collectively responsive 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 future where our gender doesn’t determine our worth,
  • Ensuring the organisation remains compliant to relevant regulatory bodies,
  • Organisational oversight, including approving major strategic and financial decisions,
  • Driving organisation review and risk review processes,
  • Ensuring the organisation uses its finances in an impactful and sustainable way,
  • Assisting with fundraising where possible, including contributing personally in line with their capacity,
  • Selecting, supporting and reviewing the performance of the Executive Director, and
  • Providing expert and strategic advice and mentoring, to Executive Director as required.

 

Attributes of our Treasurer

We are looking for an individual who is:

  • Passionate about a fair, just and equitable future, tackling structural gender inequality, and campaigning for a future where our gender does not determine our worth.
  • Has experience in financial management and oversight, accounting, risk management and reporting, ideally a CA or CPA.
  • Aware of Board function and responsibilities, including the ability to provide input on organisational strategy.
  • Is prepared to commit between 5 – 6 hours per month to the task

Fair Agenda recognises that issues of gender discrimination differently and disproportionately affect people who also experience intersecting discrimination. 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 those who bring additional expertise from their lived experience 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, so we encourage people based outside of metropolitan areas to apply.

About the organisation

Organisation name : Fair Agenda

Fair Agenda’s 4 staff members support our 43,000 members to strategically mobilise on issues in key moments and to win changes that bring us closer to a fair and equal future.

We leverage online, social and media campaigning tactics to put issues on the agenda for decision-makers; working in partnership with service providers, policy experts, and people with lived experience to change the policies that change people’s lives.

As an organisation, Fair Agenda works to live up to these values:

  • Making sure our work is impact focused 
  • Being intersectional in our approach
  • Being collaborative wherever possible, and
  • Standing with, not speaking for. 

As a team, our cultural principles are:

  • We value our people, and recognise that people have lives beyond work,
  • We celebrate success ,
  • We value constructive feedback, to make sure we are having the greatest impact possible, and
  • We are willing to try new things and recognise that not all of them will succeed, but believe in “failing fast” so our resources achieve maximum impact.

In recent years Fair Agenda has driven national impact, including:

  • Helped win the decriminalisation of abortion in South Australia, Queensland & NSW,
  • 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.
  • Stopped scheduled cuts to working parents’ time to care for their newborns that would have hurt 79,000 working families per year, slashing the time they could afford to care for their new baby,
  • 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.
  • Worked with partners to secure a change the laws that allow perpetrators of family violence to cross-examine their victim-survivors in Family Court.

 

Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Position Description : Fair Agenda Treasurer_Oct21

To express interest in joining the Fair Agenda Board, please send a cover note outlining your interest and relevant experience, along with a copy of your CV to info@fairagenda.org with the subject line ‘Board Treasurer EOI’. If you have any questions or would like to meet with us to discuss the role, please reach out to the Executive Director Renee Carr, or Board Chair Katherine Tu through this same address.


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


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