Online Board position: Chair of the Board (3 year appointment)

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This Project's Impact

The Chair will provide strategic leadership in line with the Alongside purpose and ethos, to support and sustain the work of the organisation into the future.
Project deadline

Applications due by

January 18, 2019

Volunteer hours required

40

Key project info

The problem needing to be solved

Alongside provides proactive education, transition support and mental wellbeing services for partners and families of Australia’s frontline.

Based on best practise research from across the world, Alongside’s programs have been specifically tailored to meet the needs of Australia’s frontline families, from Defence to Emergency Services, at a recruit level and at identified points of need across career.

Due to growth, we are seeking an experienced Chair of the Board to support the Alongside mission voluntarily for a period of 3 years. The Board mostly meets online allowing members to be located throughout Australia.

As a partner to the board members, the Chair will provide strategic leadership in line with the Alongside purpose and ethos, to support and sustain the work of the organisation into the future.

Responsibilities of the online volunteering project

Alongside Board Members are responsible for ensuring the mission, strategic goals, and legal and moral requirements in line with the ACNC are achieved within the approved budget.

Importantly, the Board will act to strengthen stakeholder relationships and support the growth of Alongside programs and services within Defence and Emergency Services nationally.

Board & Committee Member responsibilities

  • Understand and support the Alongside mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • Abide by the Alongside Code of Conduct
  • Ensure that Alongside remains in strong financial health (and understand financial statements)
  • Identify, categorise and prioritise risks and ensure that strategies to minimise or mitigate risks are in place
  • Be informed about and monitor the industry and environment within which Alongside operates
  • Ensure that Board performance and appointments are reviewed and approved
  • Commit to continuous quality improvement (Board self-assessment)
  • Prepare for, attend and actively participate in Board & relevant Committee meetings
  • Be informed on Alongside services and publicly support them as an active advocate and ambassador
  • Be aware of and abstain from any conflict of interest
  • Build and maintain collegial working relationship with Board members, Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder and Executive Staff
  • Act in the best interests of Alongside and in a manner based on transparency, accountability and responsibility.

Chair of the Board

The role of Chair is responsible for leadership of the board and is a volunteer role appointed for a period of 3 years.

The Chair acts as a link between the board and the CEO and will facilitate the effective functioning of the board including board conduct, meetings, information flow and communicating the views of the board.

The Chair will have a proven track record leading the growth of new business and be a diplomatic and empathetic leader who respects the rights, beliefs and personal values of others. The Chair will be aligned with the Alongside purpose and ethos and have an interest in rural/remote workforce, emergency services and growing programs/services that create positive impact.

Full Position Description

Refer to the full position description for the following attributes

  • Key Accountabilities
  • Skills and Experience
  • Other Attributes
  • Board Key Dates
  • Required Background Checks

Read the full position description here --> http://bit.ly/AlongsideChair

The benefit to you, the volunteer

The Board will play a vital role in ensuring Alongside meets its mission and strategic goals, enabling ongoing growth and impact in its view to assist in the early intervention and prevention of mental injuries and suicide in frontline personnel through the education of the loved ones who stand beside them.

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Applications for this online volunteering project have now closed