About the Role
About Climate for Change Inc.
Climate for Change Inc. (C4C) is a fast-growing not-for-profit. Four years old, we are gaining the attention and respect of others in our sector for our innovative approach to engaging new audiences and our ability to achieve results usually only achieved on much larger budgets. We are volunteer-driven with a growing core staff. We are passionate, dynamic, resourceful, hopeful and giving. We’re looking for someone who shares our vision and values and who has the commitment, time, skills, networks and passion to help us make a meaningful impact as our Board Secretary. For more information, please see our website: www.climateforchange.org.au. The rules of the organisation are available here.
What We Do
C4C seeks to create the social climate in which Australia’s leaders can and will do what it takes to keep global warming well below two degrees and ultimately bring it back down below one degree as quickly and safely as possible. We do this by supporting people who are already committed to the changes we need to have more effective conversations about climate change with people around them to build greater support for those changes. Our flagship program uses the “Tupperware Party model” to engage new audiences – a model which allows for both deep engagement and exponential growth.
About the board
The board works closely with to CEO to support and provide governance to the organisation to enable it to realise its mission. As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:
- Reviewing and amending the governing Rules to meet changing needs of C4C
- Selecting and evaluating the performance of the chief executive
- Developing C4C’s existing strategy into short and long term strategic plans with concrete organizational goals
- Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management, including approving C4C’s budget and preparing financial statements
- Fundraising and resource development
- Approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services
- Enhancing the organization’s public image
- Stakeholder and donor engagement, and
- Assessing its own performance as the governing body of the organization.
According to our rules, Board members are required to be financial members of C4C – membership fees are $48pa (full) and $24pa (concession).
We currently seek an experienced Secretary who can commence with the organisation (following acceptance of their nomination at the C4C 2018 AGM) in November 2018. In addition to the general responsibilities of a C4C Board member (outlined below), the Secretary is legally responsible for:
- Communicating on behalf of C4C with Consumer Affairs Victoria and the ACNC, including lodging an Annual Statements at the required times
- Maintaining the register of members, and
- Providing members with access to the register of members, the minutes of general meetings and other books and documents as requested.
If there is a question about the governing Rules, the Secretary should also be across the key requirements and risks.
Responsibilities of Board Members
Each individual C4C Board Member is expected to:
- Attend Board meetings (currently 10 p.a.), general meetings and important events
- Do all reading preparation for these meetings (on average one hour per meeting)
- Attend longer strategy sessions (upto 4 days per year)
- Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
- Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
- Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization
- Actively help identify and/or secure financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission
- Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission, including fundraising
- Develop policies, set up appropriate governance structures/systems and provide strategic guidance, and
- Participate in at least one working group or sub-committee as needed.
Key Selection Criteria
The board aims to meet all of the following criteria between all its members:
- Not for profit law experience
- Not-for-profit governance experience
- Financial / Accounting knowledge
- Fundraising expertise or experience
- Proven skills and aptitude for strategy / risk / governance
- Strategic understanding of the climate movement.
In addition, each board member will be selected on their ability to meet these criteria:
- Time and commitment
- Profile and networks useful to the growth of C4C, including fundraising
- Passion for C4C’s work
- Previous board experience (preferred but not essential).
A full Position Description is attached below.
About the Organisation
Apply for this Position
For details concerning this role , please contact
Please quote in application: Governing Board – Secretary (voluntary) via Pro Bono Australia.