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Board Members (Voluntary)

Psychology for a Safe Climate

Psychology for a Safe Climate (PSC) is currently seeking new members to join the Board. We are looking to appoint a new Secretary on the Board, who will be responsible for governance and compliance with constitutional requirements. We are also seeking additional new Board Members to ensure preservation of the organisation’s culture and values as well as successful succession planning over the coming years.

About PSC

PSC is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2010 in Melbourne. We work to build people’s capacity to respond constructively to climate change by promoting and strengthening mental health and wellbeing, engaging with those working on climate change, the caring professions, and the broader community.

We understand that the climate crisis arouses deeply disturbing feelings of fear, powerlessness and grief, which are commonly suppressed, ignored or denied. We support people to respond constructively to this crisis by providing them with the opportunity to acknowledge and explore their emotional responses. We offer workshops, talks and seminars to mental health professionals, climate activists, climate researchers, policy makers and scientists.

It is currently an exciting time of growth and expansion of our services with our Climate Aware Practitioners (CAP) professional outreach programme now underway. See more details about our work here.

We are seeking individuals to join the Board who have a strong commitment to Climate Action and our work.

PSC Board - Responsibilities

The PSC Board current responsibilities include all governance and certain operational activities:

  • PSC strategy and strategic decisions
  • Fulfilling legal obligations as an incorporated not-for-profit with Charity/DGR status
  • Ensuring PSC operates ethically and in line with its values
  • Financial operations and financial viability, including fundraising
  • Employment of staff and fulfilling legal obligations in relation to staff and volunteers

Secretary on the Board - Responsibilities

  • Ensuring Board meetings are effectively planned, organised and minuted. Liaising with the Chair of the Board to plan meetings
  • Accountability - ensuring PSC meets its legal and governance obligations in line with the constitution
  • Ensuring effective records are maintained
  • Ensuring membership records are maintained and new members are notified of their acceptance for membership

Candidate Background and Experience

We are looking for individuals who, ideally, have:

  • A strong commitment to climate action and PSC’s work
  • Experience or interest in mental health and psychology
  • Experience in the non-profit sector (not essential for the right candidate)
  • Availability to commit 2-5 hours/month

Particularly, we are looking to add experience to the Board in one or more of the following areas:

  • Legal & Governance
  • Media & Communications
  • Fundraising & Philanthropy
  • Organisational Management and HR

Time Commitment

  • Service on the board is of a voluntary nature.
  • Meetings are held via Zoom and are held monthly with the addition of extra meetings when necessary to attend to specific issues.
  • It is assumed board members will read documents prior to board meetings in order to be prepared to engage in discussion at meetings.
  • From time to time, work on special projects in conjunction with other Board members to assist in progressing the organisation’s purpose and mission.

We will review applications as they come in - please apply as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted via zoom as suitable applications are received.

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