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Chief Financial Officer

    Applications are now open for the Chief Financial Officer on
    the National Executive of UN Youth Australia:

    This vacancy represents an amazing opportunity to be part of the team that
    guides the implementation of UN Youth Australia’s national strategy and
    mission, and to play key roles in leading a range of portfolios.

    All members must be under the age of 26 at the time of their appointment
    and eligible for Associate Membership of either a division of UN Youth
    Australia or the national organisation. They must hold, or be eligible to hold, a
    Working with Children Check (WWCC) or state equivalent.


    The National Executive (NExec) is the operating body of UN Youth Australia, a
    company limited by guarantee that serves as the federal body for eight UN Youth
    state and territory divisions. The National Executive consists of ten officers, each
    holding a specific portfolio. The National Executive is appointed by the Board of
    Directors with the exception of the National President, which is elected by Voting
    Members (divisions).

    What does the National Executive do?
    The National Executive’s role is to run the day-to-day operations of the national
    organisation and help guide the strategy for the entire organisation. This involves
    overseeing the organisation’s administration, finances, educational content and
    mission, external relations, national and international programs, and volunteer

    What is the time commitment of being on NExec?
    Each National Executive member is typically appointed for a 12-month term, with the
    possibility of an extension. During this time, each officer should aim to attend:
    ● Weekly National Executive teleconference meetings (usually for 2 hours).
    ● One National Executive Face to Face meetings (usually held over three days
    in February, with location to be determined)
    ● Twice yearly National Council meetings (held over one week each time in July
    2024 in Brisbane and December 2024 in Sydney).

    Reimbursements are made for travel and accommodation for National Councils and
    National Executive Face to Face meetings.

    National Executive members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive a
    financial compensation or a stipend for their service. The estimated time commitment
    for National Executive members is 15-20 hours per week on their portfolio.

    Oversight and accountability
    Each member of the National Executive is directly overseen by the National
    President and will undergo performance reviews conducted by the Board of Directors
    at least twice a year.

    Each member of the National Executive signs a Confidentiality Agreement and a
    Volunteer Agreement developed in collaboration with the HR Committee of the Board
    of Directors that agrees the volunteer’s role and responsibilities and ways of working
    with the Board


    The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the day to day financial
    management of the organisation. The CFO provides assistance to Divisional
    Finance Directors and Presidents, Operations Officers and Convenors and
    sits ex-officio on the Board Finance & Foundation Committee.

    The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for:
    ● Managing UN Youth Australia’s financial compliance;
    ● Keeping up-to-date financial records, preparing financial statements
    for monthly Board meetings, and coordinating the annual company
    ● Overseeing the National Finance Committee and its Chair to ensure
    that members are trained and are providing support in financial tasks.
    ● Supporting divisions in fulfilling their financial obligations.
    Tasks include:
    ● Reconciling of bank lines in Xero;
    ● Communicating with external stakeholders such as suppliers, debtors
    and our debt management company;
    ● Weekly meetings with National Finance Committee Chair and the
    National Executive;
    ● Preparing monthly management accounts for Board review;
    ● Coordinating the National Operating Budget;
    ● Assisting divisions with their financial management; and
    ● Ensuring the annual report is compliant with regulatory requirements,
    which includes addressing auditor’s queries and requests for
    supporting evidence.

    Additionally, the Chief Financial Officer is expected to demonstrate the
    following core competencies:

    Essential Criteria
    ● Applicants must have commenced an undergraduate degree majoring
    or specialising in accounting;
    ● Applicants must possess a strong understanding of the Australian
    Accounting Standards;
    ● Previous experience in preparing financial information for decision
    making, such as the posting of journals in accounting software (e.g
    Xero) as well as in the drafting and reviewing of financial statements;
    ● Ability to understand and apply laws and guidelines relevant to the
    ● Strong stakeholder management skills;
    ● Willingness and ability to drive improvement initiatives within the CFO
    portfolio to improve organisational efficiency and effectiveness;
    ● Ability to lead and manage a team effectively to complete tasks and
    achieve objectives;
    ● Ability to communicate effectively and with clarity (especially being
    able to communicate complex financial or accounting issues in a
    manner that is simple to grasp);
    ● Ability to coach others in financial literacy;
    ● Demonstrated integrity in their approach to work;
    ● Time management skills and a strong ability to adhere to deadlines;
    ● Supporting and executing strategic direction; and
    ● Ability to work as a team.

    How to apply

    Your application should include:
    ● Your name, age and division (state/territory)
    ● Your best phone number and email address
    ● Your WWCC number or local equivalent (if you have one)
    ● A resume of relevant experience, not to exceed one A4 page
    ● A statement addressing the core competencies outlined below and
    your vision for the role, not to exceed two A4 pages
    Applications close at 11:59pm AWST on Sunday 5 November 2023.

    The roles will be appointed by UN Youth Australia’s Board of Directors in
    November 2023. The successful candidates will be appointed for a 12-month
    term starting 1 January 2024, with the possibility of an extension.

    Please direct any questions to the National President, Michael
    Donaghue-Evans, at president@unyouth.org.au.