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Secretary & General Board Members (Voluntary) - Australia-Wide

This Life Cambodia
  • Voluntary Position Located in Australia

This Life is a creative, innovative, collaborative and internationally award-winning community development organisation. This Life delivers programs focused in three practice areas.

In Cambodia, our programs currently cover:

  • Children and Families
  • Education
  • Community Research and Consultancy

We have just completed year one of our five-year strategic plan which can be found here. Covid 19 has impacted some of our strategic objectives so we will be revisiting these again within the near future.

We typically work with communities that have the greatest challenges, yet the desire and the drive to enact change. What they need are the tools, training, skills and initial support to tackle their community’s specific development issues. Local communities are the experts at identifying their problems and priorities. They often have great ideas and what they need are the ways and means to take ownership of resolving their greatest challenges.

Our approach enables communities to develop the essential infrastructure and skills needed to make change and break free from poverty. The unifying factor in everything we do is to work alongside communities listening to their needs and concerns. We advocate alongside children, families and community stakeholders as they define and implement their own solutions.

Our programs have evolved organically, based on our experience in service delivery, and on the needs communities identify through a consultative process. As a result, many of our programs are interlinked.

We have been recognised internationally both for our program work and for our creative campaigning. Over the past year alone we have won or are shortlisted for the following.

Awards for creative campaigning - Not Her Fault (2020)

  • Australian Not for Profit Technology Awards – Best Social Media Campaign of the Year
  • Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards – Gold Award for Innovation in Non-Profit/NGO Websites
  • Festival of Media Global Awards – Best Integrated Campaign: Silver Award
  • Media and Marketing Global Awards – Best Campaign Driven by a Low Budget
  • Shortlisted: Festival of Media Asia Pacific Awards – Best Integrated Campaign
  • Shortlisted: Festival of Media Global Awards – Impact Award

Shortlisted, winners yet to be announced:

  • Global Good Awards – Best Campaign of the Year (Winners announced 22 September)
  • Social Media Marketing Awards – Best Social Good Campaign (Winners announced 16 September)
  • Social Media Marketing Awards – Best Integrated Campaign (Winners announced 16 September)
  • Social Media Marketing Awards – Best Use of Facebook (Winners announced 16 September)
  • Social Media Marketing Awards – Most Innovative Use of Social Media (Winners announced 16 September)

Other significant awards we have won include;

  • Global Grassroots Justice Prize - Winner, Public Vote 2019
  • Stars Impact Award - Winner, 2015

All our awards and recognition can be found here www.thislife.ngo/awards.

We are registered in Cambodia as an International NGO, as a Public Benevolent Institution in Australia with DGR status, and we have been Governance and Professional Practice (GPP) certified by the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia (CCC) since 2014 (recertified in 2018 and 2021), and have been full members of the Australian Council for International Development since 2020.

Who are we looking for?

This Life’s Board is looking for members who are willing to devote the time required to effectively carry out their role as a board member; and have expertise in various areas – fundraising, networking, risk, talent, technology, finance, sustainability, marketing, communications and social media. In addition, we are looking for board members who can assist This Life in communicating with stakeholders and developing, coaching and mentoring This Life’s team, including management. If you have experience working for an Australian ACFID accredited NGO and experience with the Australian NGO Cooperation Program that would be an added bonus for us!

If you have other areas of expertise you feel you can bring to the table, we would also be very happy to hear from you, too.

What do This Life Board Members do?

Board Members are required to prepare for and attend relevant meetings, support Board decisions, provide strategic advice on the direction, mission, values and vision for This Life and assist in reviews of the organisation’s operations, structure and function as required. As a Board Member, you will participate in evaluation of Board activities and of the role and function of the Executive Director, including such activities as recruitment and performance appraisal for that role. All Board Members must follow and abide by This Life’s governing document This Life Constitution.

Board members have a responsibility to:

  • Act honestly and in good faith
  • Ensure that the organisation carries out activities within its purpose.
  • Comply with the requirements of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (C’wth), including ethical behaviour, the identification and proper disclosure of conflicts of interest and the prohibition on the use of your position for personal benefit.
  • Act in the best interests of the organisation. The interests of the organisation are the members as a whole, not any particular member or group of members
  • Ensure that any duties delegated to staff are carried out properly and by competent people.
  • Respect the privacy and confidentiality of information obtained in the course of their participation and not share information that refers to staff members or members of the management group to any group or individual outside the organisation.

What is the time commitment?

This Life’s board meets once per month. Each meeting is structured, covering a theme and runs for 2 hours. Meetings are held online and so you can be based anywhere in Australia. We come together for our Annual General Meeting each November (travel permitting). We estimate that board members spend 6-8 hours per month supporting the organisation.

Board Member terms are two years and terms begin at This Life’s Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held on the 20th November 2021.

For any questions, please contact mihajlo@thislife.ngo using the subject line: Secretary & General Board Members (Voluntary) - Australia-Wide enquiry via EthicalJobs.

To apply click Apply Now to be redirected to our online recruitment system. Only applications received via our online recruitment system, OrangeHR can be accepted.

Select the Board of Directors position you are applying for and:

  • Supply the information as requested on the form and answer any mandatory questions all ONLINE and in one sitting. You unfortunately cannot save data and return later. You will be asked to upload your CV and an expression of interest letter.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click Submit.

You should see a message in the top right-hand corner advising ”Application Successfully Submitted”. If you do not see that message it means you may not have answered all questions as required. All questions with an asterisk* are mandatory.

Applications will not be accepted unless all required information is entered, nor will applications be accepted after the closing date. Only applicants who progress to the next stage of recruitment will be contacted further.

Start date: This Life’s Annual General Meeting: 20th November 2021.

We look forward to receiving your application :)

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