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President Conservation Council SA

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Organisation : Conservation Council of South Australia

Location : Adelaide

Time required : up to 2 days per week

Duration of project : Two years

Sector : Conservation & Environment

Posted on : 4 Sep, 2017

About the Role

The Conservation Council SA is seeking a new President. Nadia McLaren our present President is stepping down at our November 2017 AGM. Please consider the job description below. Any questions to Nadia McLaren or Craig Wilkins our Chief Executive. Contact details are below.

Who we are

The Conservation Council of South Australia (SA) Inc (Conservation SA) is the peak non-government environment body for South Australia, representing over 50 of the State’s environment organisations.

We exist to blaze a path to a brighter environmental future for South Australia.

As a community-powered organisation we stand for South Australia’s environment when it’s under threat, help our member groups and other nature champions, and create and tell stories about better ways for people and nature to thrive.

We provide value to our member groups by leading and enabling the charge to a sustainable future, building the long term capacity, health and resilience of the sector, acting as an effective advocate and growing the community of South Australians who care about nature.


We seek a President to help guide the organisation through its next phase.

The role requires energy, commitment and a belief in the core values and aims of the organisation. Knowledge and experience of governance principles are a requirement but less so than an ability to lead strategic change in a rapidly changing environment. Leadership experience within the not for profit sector and strong connections into government and/or the South Australian business community would be extremely valuable. A collaborative approach is essential.

The President convenes the formal governance structures of the organisation, including the Executive Committee and the Council. Key responsibilities include:

1. Providing leadership for the organisation – ensuring the organisational vision and mission is relevant and articulated clearly to members, staff and supporters.

2. Ensuring that the aims of the organisation are met and core values upheld.

3. Facilitating effective and collaborative meetings.

Skills, qualities and values

Commitment to the core values and activities of Conservation SA
Long term and strategic thinker
Excellent interpersonal skills
Sound knowledge of accounting and finance principles
Strong understanding of effective governance principles and practices
Knowledge of not for profit sector

Experience in leadership role in government, private or not for profit sector
Knows and has good engagement with the environmental sector
A credible, confident and effective public advocate and communicator
Experience in fundraising, philanthropy or sponsorship
Gutsy (courageous and bold)


Minimum 2 year commitment, commencing November 2017

 Chair 6-weekly Executive Committee meetings
 Chair quarterly Council meetings of member groups
 Regular email and phone communication with Chief Executive
 Other functions, meetings and activities, some discretionary, which could require several hours a week on average

The position is subject to election at the next AGM of Conservation SA (due: 2 November 2017)

To find out more

Craig Wilkins (Chief Executive) 0417 879 439
Nadia McLaren (Current President) 0434 334 674

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Conservation Council of South Australia
Not for Profit : Yes

Apply for this Position

Position Description : CCSA seeks a New President

For details concerning this role , please contact

Craig Wilkins

Phone : 0417879439

Email : craig.wilkins@conservationsa.org.au

Please quote in application: President Conservation Council SA via Pro Bono Australia.


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