Chief Financial Officer

Opportunity Closes: Wednesday, 3rd of November 2021 at 11:59 pm AWST.

Applications are now open for the position of Chief Financial Officer on the National Executive, the senior operating body of UN Youth Australia. National Executive vacancies represent amazing opportunities 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 between the ages of 18 to 25 (inclusive) 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 and territory equivalent.

About the Role

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 the CFO Pack for monthly Board meetings, and coordinating the annual company audit; 
  • Overseeing the National Finance Committee to ensure that members are trained and are providing support in financial tasks. 
  • Supporting divisions in fulfilling their financial obligations.

Expected tasks include: 

  • Reconciling of bank lines in Xero;
  • Communicating with stakeholders such as suppliers, debtors and our debt management company;
  • Regular meetings with National Finance Committee and the National Executive;
  • Preparing monthly CFO report for Board review; 
  • Coordinating the National Operations Budget;
  • Monthly Business Activity Statements (BAS) preperation;
  • Assisting division’s 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: 

  • 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 role;
  • 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.

About the National Executive

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 management. 

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). 
  • Two times yearly National Executive Face to Face meetings (usually held over three days each time in February and August, in locations to be determined) 
  • Twice yearly National Council meetings (held over one week each time in July in Sydney and December in Adelaide). 

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.

About the UN Youth Australia

UN Youth Australia is a not-for-profit, youth-led organisation that aims to build the people’s movement for the United Nations through the education and empowerment of young Australians. We seek to provide young Australians with a global education, including knowledge of the social and political problems confronting the world and the skills needed to address them.   

We run a large range of international, national and local programs designed to provide this empowerment through education, with a focus on students aged 15 to 19. Within Australia, we organise State/Territory and National Conferences, Evatt (a national Model UN competition), and Voice (a junior public speaking competition). Internationally, we coordinate educational tours of Europe, the United States, the Middle East, East Timor, and New Zealand for secondary school students. We also work directly with the Australian Government to promote youth empowerment. In collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we nominate an Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations General Assembly.

How to apply:

Opportunity Closes: Wednesday, 3rd of November 2021 at 11:59 pm AWST.

Applications should be submitted the form below or via this form:

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; and 
  • A statement addressing the core competencies outlined below and your vision for the role, not to exceed two A4 pages.


The roles will be appointed by UN Youth Australia’s Board of Directors in November 2021. The successful candidates will be appointed for a 12-month term starting 1st January 2022, with the possibility of an extension.


Please direct any questions to the outgoing President, Georgina Ryan at

Please note: This is a role undertaken on a voluntary basis and positions will not be financially compensated for any hours spent volunteering for the organization.

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