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Board Director (Voluntary)

GetUp Australia

Are you a savvy, bold and creative progressive who can help lead the movement for a fair, flourishing and just Australia? Do you have the right combination of political nous and governance experience to take GetUp from strength to strength? Then apply now to join the GetUp Board.

Joining the GetUp board is a volunteer position, however domestic travel expenses are covered.

About GetUp

GetUp gives people the chance to make extraordinary impact – online, across the airwaves, and in the streets. GetUp is a powerful campaigning community, combining the sheer power of a million members, movement partners and a central team of expert strategists.

GetUp is, and always has been, an independent organisation. Our work is driven by our values, not party politics. We campaign on issues that our members care about in the fields of First Nations Justice, Human Rights, Economic Fairness, Climate Justice and Democratic Integrity.

GetUp is about making change, not just making noise. Everything we do is guided by carefully crafted strategies designed to win. Sometimes that means we gather in raucous protest, other times that means partnering with policy experts to develop new solutions – and everything in between.

Being on the GetUp Board requires a minimum time commitment of of two days per month:

  • Preparing for and attending in person a full day board meeting each quarter;
  • Preparing for and attending - in person or virtually - two subcommittee meetings each quarter;
  • Preparing for and attending in person a two day retreat once every year;
  • Engaging in urgent campaign and operational matters that crop up intersessionally.

We are looking for board directors who bring a range of expertise in a number of the below skill areas:

At GetUp, we know our capacity to win is increased when our team has diversity of backgrounds and experience. We strongly encourage applicants from a diverse range of genders, cultures, languages, abilities and experiences to apply.

  • Political judgment
    • Sharp political instincts and judgment. A sound mind for campaign strategy. Knowing how to win and how to shape a political vision.
  • Strategic expertise
    • The ability to review the organisation’s strategy through constructive questioning and suggestion and contribute to the effective decision making of the board.
  • Finance & accounting skills
    • The ability to read and comprehend the company’s accounts, financial material presented to the board, financial reporting requirements and some understanding of corporate finance.
  • Legal & risk management skills
    • The board’s responsibility involves overseeing compliance with numerous laws as well as understanding the individual director’s legal duties and responsibilities. We’re also looking for experience in managing areas of major risk.
  • Governance experience
    • Experience serving on other boards, or in running an organisation with a strong relationship with its board.
  • Philanthropic experience
    • Experience working with philanthropists (or being a philanthropist!).
  • Experience managing people and change
    • Up to speed in current management and recruitment best practice, and experience in executive remuneration and compensation.
  • Understanding of old and new media landscapes
    • Experience working in or around an old or new media organisation, or proving strategic communications advice.
  • Abreast of cutting edge developments in technology, design and online campaigning
    • You are a creative thinker with an interest in innovative use of digital tools to maximise political participation and transformation.

We’re looking for people with a range of key attributes:

  • You will behave independently and with integrity – you will fulfil a director’s duties and responsibilities, to act ethically and independently, putting the organisation’s interests before personal interests;
  • You are collaborative, yet curious and courageous – a director must be able to function as an effective team member but also must have the curiosity to ask questions and the courage to persist in robust discussion where necessary;
  • You have emotional intelligence – as well as self-awareness and self-management, a director needs to demonstrate empathy and strong interpersonal skills;
  • You have good commercial judgment and instincts – a director needs to demonstrate good business instinct and acumen and be able to assimilate and synthesise complex information;
  • You are preferably a GetUp member, familiar with our work and an active contributor to our movement with genuine passion for our issues: First Nations justice, Economic justice, Human rights, Climate justice and Democratic integrity.

GetUp will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Help govern an organisation that plays a key role in shaping the national debate;
  • Help shape the GetUp movement to become a bigger and more influential force in Australian politics; and
  • Work with an excellent and passionate team of change makers.

How to apply

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