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Board Subcommittee Member - Youth Affairs Subcommittee (voluntary)

YMCA Victoria

At the Y, we believe in the power of inspired young people. A community not-for-profit organisation with 17 million participations annually across Australia. 8,000 staff and volunteers serve at more than 150 locations every day. We partner with government and private capital to deliver programs and services that include community recreation, adventure and stadium sports, camping, learn to swim, children's programs, early learning, youth services, retirement living, disability services and social enterprises.

About the Centre

Collectively the Board plays a critical role in governing the YMCA. They are responsible for the health of the organisation and ensuring diligent oversight of the business and compliance performance. A newly devised Youth Affairs Sub Committee will be the governance body, with the remit to provide advice and direction to the Board, regarding YMCA Victoria’s strategic vision on all matters relating to young people. We are currently seeking three subcommittee members who are aged under 31 years at time of appointment to join the Youth Affairs Subcommittee of the Board. A term of office is for one year with the option of standing for reappointment after 12 months.

Key Elements of the Role

​We seek to create space for young people to develop, grow and be inspired to make a positive impact. To bring this philosophy to life, we have created a Youth Affairs Subcommittee to our Board to bring the important voice of young people into our Governance structure. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to contribute in a meaningful way to the important work overseen by the Board. We will provide you with an extensive induction and training program, including opportunities for mentoring. This process usually takes approximately six months but we will work alongside you to ensure your development needs are being met.

In this role you will provide advice and direction to the Board of Directors on the strategic vision on all matters relating to young people.

Selection Criteria

  • YMCA Understanding – demonstrate an understanding of the Y's purpose, vision, goals, objectives and operation for positive participation and effective policy formulation.
  • Youth Community Involvement – utilise your community interests in youth issues and involvements to build the capacity of the subcommittee to relate to the needs of young people in the community.
  • Functional Leadership Experience – demonstrated experience in management/leadership. Alignment with the community development and management principles of the YMCA.
  • Recognition/Image – utilise profile and networks to support the mission and vision of the YMCA.
  • Organisational Impact – Subcommittee members have the capacity to add value to policy development and influence to gain support for the 'Y'.
  • NOTE: Candidates must be aged under 31 years at time of appointment​.


YMCA, including Boards of Directors, is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in accordance with our Safeguarding Children and Young People framework. YMCA requires that all applicants undergo satisfactory screening prior to commencement, including but not limited to:

  • A national criminal history check;
  • An international criminal history check where applicants have worked overseas;
  • Holding or obtaining a Working with Children Clearance/ equivalent in accordance with state/ territory laws;
  • ACF Safeguarding Children and Young People Certificate (completion online prior to commencement)
  • Two reference checks.

Any successfully appointed applicant will be required to adhere to the Safeguarding Children and Young People framework, which includes a thorough safeguarding children and young people induction and committing to upholding the safety and wellbeing of children and young people throughout their engagement with YMCA.

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