General Board Member (Volunteer)

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Posted : Monday, 31st July 2017 - 11:14 am

Organisation : Scarf Community Organisation

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 2 - 3 hours every 2 months

Duration of project : Ongoing

Contact Name : Hannah Colman

Contact Phone : 0488772911

Contact Email : hannah@scarfcommunity.org

About the Role

Scarf is about to turn seven, and we’re looking for passionate, experienced and committed leaders to grow our board of directors and lead the organisation into the future. This is a great opportunity to contribute to an innovative not-for-profit which makes a real difference to the lives of young people facing barriers to work.

About Scarf

We’re a social enterprise which gets young people into jobs while adding flavour and heart to the hospitality industry. Scarf trainees are young people seeking protection and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds who face barriers to work. We partner with Melbourne’s best restaurants to run ‘Scarf Dinners’, where our trainees gain paid work experience while being supported by experienced hospitality mentors. Scarf events attract a loyal, big-hearted dining community and together we break down employment barriers, increase pathways into meaningful work and foster a more cohesive society.

With one-on-one support from mentors, Scarf trainees grow their skills, knowledge, confidence and networks – all key to increasing employability – and 70% of trainees find work within six months of graduating. We run two annual fundraising and awareness-building initiatives, ‘Do More Than Drink’ and ‘Do More Than Dine’, that showcase the benefits of hiring people from diverse backgrounds, whilst providing work experience opportunities and raising funds to support program costs. We were proud finalists in the Innovation Category at the 2016 National Social Enterprise Awards and our 150th trainee recently graduated from Scarf – a proud milestone.

Watch our Scarf Evaluation 2017 video

Read our Vision, Mission, Values and FAQ

Board Member Experience

We are seeking one or two General Board Members with experience in one or more of the following areas:

– Working or volunteering with people seeking protection or those from a refugee/migrant background
– Working or volunteering with marginalised people to find employment
– Holding a position on a not-for-profit board
– Managing finances in a charity or not-for-profit setting

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

– The Scarf Board provides leadership, governance and oversight to the organisation
– The Scarf Board must ensure Scarf meets all legal and financial obligations
– The Scarf Board is responsible for developing and overseeing strategic direction and activities; and working with other board members and management to foster sustainability
– Scarf Board members must positively represent Scarf to stakeholders and the wider community, and act as an ambassador for the organisation

Board Structure and Time Commitment

Meet our current management team and board

Currently, the Scarf board has four members, and we meet approximately once every two months. Board meetings generally take place on Tuesday evenings in Thornbury.

Board members may also be asked to attend additional meetings as necessary. It is expected that board members dine regularly at Scarf Dinners and appreciated if they also attend fundraising events such as ‘Do More Than Dine’.

To Apply

Please send a CV and cover letter outlining your relevant experience and how you hope to contribute to Scarf through membership of the board, to hannah@scarfcommunity.org

For further information please contact Hannah Colman, Co-founder and General Manager, at hannah@scarfcommunity.org or on 0488 772 911.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply, as are people from diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds.

Applications close Monday 28 August 2017.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Scarf Community Organisation
Not for Profit : Yes

Apply for this Position

Position Description : Scarf Board Member PD 2017

For details concerning this role , please contact

Hannah Colman

Phone : 0488772911

Email : hannah@scarfcommunity.org

Please quote in application: General Board Member (Volunteer) via Pro Bono Australia.


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