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Organisation : Alongside PTSD Partner Support

Location : Online

Time required : flexible

Duration of project : 3 years

Sector : Mental Health

Posted on : 19 Dec, 2018

About the role


Alongside provides proactive education, transition support and mental wellbeing services for partners and families of Australia’s frontline.

Alongside Board Members are responsible for ensuring the mission, strategic goals, and legal and moral requirements in line with the ACNC are achieved within the approved budget.

Importantly, the Board will act to strengthen stakeholder relationships and support the growth of Alongside programs and services within Defence and Emergency Services nationally.


Board & Committee Member responsibilities

  • Understand and support the Alongside mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • Abide by the Alongside Code of Conduct
  • Ensure that Alongside remains in strong financial health (and understand financial statements)
  • Identify, categorise and prioritise risks and ensure that strategies to minimise or mitigate risks are in place
  • Be informed about and monitor the industry and environment within which Alongside operates
  • Ensure that Board performance and appointments are reviewed and approved
  • Commit to continuous quality improvement (Board self-assessment)
  • Prepare for, attend and actively participate in Board & relevant Committee meetings
  • Be informed on Alongside services and publicly support them as an active advocate and ambassador
  • Be aware of and abstain from any conflict of interest
  • Build and maintain collegial working relationship with Board members, Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder and Executive Staff
  • Act in the best interests of Alongside and in a manner based on transparency, accountability and responsibility.


Chair of the Board

The role of Chair is responsible for leadership of the board and is a volunteer role appointed for a period of three (3) years.

The Chair acts as a link between the board and the CEO and will facilitate the effective functioning of the board including board conduct, meetings, information flow and communicating the views of the board.

The Chair will have a proven track record leading the growth of new business and be a diplomatic and empathetic leader who respects the rights, beliefs and personal values of others. The Chair will be aligned with the Alongside purpose and ethos and have an interest in rural/remote workforce, emergency services and growing programs/services that create positive impact.


Full Position Description

Refer to the attached full position description for the following attributes

  • Key Accountabilities
  • Skills and Experience
  • Other Attributes
  • Board Key Dates
  • Required Background Checks


Submit a cover letter with your resume by Friday 18 January 2019


Cover letter to include:

  • Outline your experience and/or achievements in:
    • Growing a new business
    • Fundraising
    • Industries of Mental Health, Emergency Services, Australian Defence Forces and/or Online Course/Education
    • Working with a remote workforce
  • What is your level of knowledge and experience with:
    • Not for Profit Governance including fiduciary and legislative frameworks
    • Motivating others to succeed in implementing strategic plans
    • Governance Policy development
    • Strategy development including opportunities and risk
    • Organisational financial management
    • Revenue generation, including what you feel is role of the Chair of the Board here
  • Explanation of:
    • the characteristics you believe a great board member possesses
    • assuming your application is successful – how will you judge your time as Chair of the Board one year from now
    • the last training/professional development you attended and how you have used your new knowledge in practice
    • any personal aspirations about serving on our board
  • What interests you most about volunteering with our organisation?
  • Provide email and phone contact details for a person who knows you in each of the following areas: 1. Professional 2. Board service and 3. Character, and who is prepared to provide a reference for you.
  • Known conflicts of interest
  • Clarify any known limitations to committing the time required to being an active member of the Board, including the level of autonomy over your calendar
  • Confirmation of your agreement to background checks being conducted in relation to this role

About the organisation

Organisation name : Alongside PTSD Partner Support
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply for this role

Position Description : Position Description_Alongside_Chair

For details concerning this role , please contact

Jodie Willmer

Phone : 0422262040

Email :

Please quote in application: Online Board position: Chair of the Board via Pro Bono Australia.


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