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Board Members x2 (voluntary)

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

The role of the AYCC Board

As a Board Director at the AYCC, you will be responsible for:

  • Protecting the mission of the AYCC and support the organisation in building a movement of young people leading solutions to the climate crisis;

  • Ensuring long term strategy is in place, including developing, evaluating and refining the organisation’s strategic plan (current plan to run from 2021-2023);

  • Ensuring organisational oversight, including approval of major strategic and financial decisions;

  • Ensuring the organisation remains compliant to regulatory bodies;

  • Selecting, supporting and reviewing the performance of the National Director;

  • Driving annual organisation review and risk review process;

  • Ensuring the organisation uses its finances in a sustainable way; and

  • Providing expert and strategic advice to the National Director as required.

Selection criteria

The AYCC is committed to maintaining a strong and diverse Board where individual members bring unique strengths to the organisation.

We’re searching for individuals who:

  • Have a strong understanding of climate change, and a commitment to the role of young people in tackling it;

  • Ideally, have previous experience sitting on or reporting to a not-for-profit board and a strong knowledge of sound governance;

  • Are of any age (although half our board members must be under the age of 30 when appointed, this is not a precondition for the role).

At this time, we are looking for 2 new Board Directors with particular experience:

  • Someone who has deep experience in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities.

  • A Human Resources professional, particularly someone who is skilled in conflict resolution and organisational culture.

Requirements of Board members

All AYCC Board members are required to:

  • Bring a strong commitment to the mission of AYCC the climate movement,
  • Be willing and able to oversee governance & strategy matters,
  • Be available for Board duties, including:
    • 5 x 1-day board meetings per year (in-person meetings take place in Melbourne, when permitted) for purposes such as: strategic planning, operational planning, board evaluation, or National Director transition;
    • 2 hours pre-reading for each board meeting;
    • Ability to serve on at least one committee as required (subcommittees include: finance, risk, transition management, remuneration, fundraising); and
    • One major annual AYCC event each year (e.g. Power Shift conference).

We ask that all Board members commit to an availability of at least 2-3 hours per month for their Board duties. Board meetings are held quarterly (currently via videoconference, but in-person in Melbourne once permitted), with subcommittees meeting semi-regularly. Board members are reimbursed for travel costs incurred, but must be based in Australia.

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