Independent Board Director

Opportunity Closes: Friday 17th June, 11:59pm AEST

UN Youth Australia’s Board of Directors is the overarching management body of UN Youth Australia. It is responsible for the strategic direction of UN Youth Australia, its corporate governance, and oversight of the National Executive. UN Youth Australia’s board is made of 10 members: 6 Divisional Representative Directors (DRDs), and 4 Independent Directors (IDs). 

UN Youth Australia’s Board utilises a number of committees to manage day-to-day work functions. The Board’s standing committees are outlined below.

  • Finance and Foundation Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Independent Directors serve a critical role on the Board by bringing diverse and external perspectives which improve our strategic decision making. They also contribute under-represented skills to the Board that help fulfil its function.

Independent Directors may serve as the Chair of a Board committee but are ineligible to run for Chair of the Board. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, persons from gender diverse backgrounds, and persons from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged. 

In order to be considered for appointment as an Independent Director, candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 26 (inclusive) on 1 July 2022 and be eligible for associate membership of UN Youth Australia. Candidates must not be disqualified from acting as a director of a company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). 

An individual is ineligible if, at any point within the last two calendar years, they have held the position of Officer of a Division, National Staff, or Divisional Representative Director within UN Youth. 

An individual who is or has been an Associate Member, but is not otherwise ineligible, is required to demonstrate their independence by submitting a statement of independence.

UN Youth Australia encourages persons of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. No prior corporate governance is required; however, it is essential that candidates are prepared to develop sufficient knowledge of governance practices to enable them to fulfil their legal obligations as directors under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth). 

Relevant qualities and skills include:

  • A capacity to engage in strategic thinking, and to understand issues at a detailed and ‘big-picture’ level
  • An ability to work well with other in volunteer team environments
  • Willingness to work in uncertain environments, and to quickly synthesise complex information
  • A passion for youth empowerment and international affairs

Additionally, any technical skills in areas such as risk management, human resources management, accounting, audit, and law would be highly valued. You can find more information about the Board here.

Time commitment

Each Director is obliged to attend:

  • Annual Board Retreat (usually held over one weekend in February/March)
  • Monthly Board teleconference meetings capped at three hours, and additional ad-hoc meetings if required.
  • Monthly Board Committee meetings

Directors will also be required to review Board documents and circulating resolutions via email in between meetings. In total, directors should expect to spend at minimum 10 hours per month on their volunteer functions. 

How to Apply:

Your application should be submitted through this specific form, and include the following information:

  • Your legal name, age, and State or Territory of residence;
  • Your best phone number and email address;
  • A resume of relevant experience; not to exceed two A4 pages
  • Answers to questions regarding your competencies as a director

Updates about your application will be communicated via your email.

Questions

Please direct any questions to the Chair of the Board of Directors Murray Buchanan,- boardchair@unyouth.org.au