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Volunteer Board member

Organisation : Kara House Inc

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 3-5 hours per month

Duration of project : ongoing- minimum 12 month commitment

Skill area : Board & Committee Members, Community Services, Marketing, Media & Communications

Sector : Children, Community Support Services, Women

Posted on : 20 Jul, 2020

About the role

About us

Kara House is a not for profit, specialist domestic and family violence service, part of the Victoria women’s refuge service system. We provide secure, safe accommodation and support to women and children experiencing family violence. Each year at Kara House we support hundreds of Victorian women and children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds with a range of programs including temporary refuge accommodation, transitional housing, and outreach support.

Kara House is an Incorporated Association fully funded by the Department of Health and Human services (DHHS).

Kara House has been improving the safety and wellbeing of women and their children in the eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne for more than 40 years.

For further information visit our website

About the role

Kara House is in an exciting transition and growth phase of our development and as a result we are seeking to enhance the mix of skills within the Board. As a Board member of Kara House, you will be responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the organisation, as well as financial oversight and ensuring we meet our legal obligations. We are looking for a Board member who will be passionate about our mission and strategic goals and prepared to contribute the necessary time and energy.

The Board of Kara House is comprised of 9 volunteer members.

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for 2-3 hours and 2-3 times a year, on a Saturday, for planning days. During this time of Covid-19, we have been using collaboration tools and technology to its fullest to stay connected and maintain our obligations to Kara House.

In addition to the meeting commitments, it is expected that Board Members dedicate approximately 3 – 5 hours per month to prepare for our meetings and complete any actions taken. 

About you

We are seeking a volunteer Board member, preferably with previous experience in a not for profit Board.  We would like to expand our board capabilities with a new member who is a marketing, business development or change management professional. The ideal candidate has previously been involved in the expansion of a not for profit organisation and will be able to guide our rebranding and expansion and help us achieve our strategic objectives.

  • You will be passionate about supporting women and children to live free from domestic and family violence
  • Prepared to commit your time and energy
  • Represent the interests of Kara House to the broader community 
  • Bring the desired skills to round out our Board capabilities
  • Commit to our board goals and activities

How to apply

Please send your expression of interest to by close of business 31st July 2020. Applications must include a resume and covering letter outlining your relevant experience and what you believe you can contribute to Kara House. If you have any questions, please contact: 

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTI.


About the organisation

Organisation name : Kara House Inc
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Position Description : Ordinary Member

For details concerning this role , please contact

Chair: Catherine Lockstone

Email :

Please quote in application: Volunteer Board member via Pro Bono Australia.


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