New legal lead role available on Fair Agenda Board!

Fair Agenda is a community of 35,000 Australians campaigning for a fair and equal future for women. Our small but mighty team are already supporting our community to win change on a national scale.

We're very excited to share a new volunteer opportunity for a new role for a legal lead on the Board of Directors!

About the Board

Fair Agenda is committed to building a strong and diverse Board to support our strong and diverse movement. We seek to recruit members who bring unique and complementary strengths to the Board team. In this recruitment round we are searching for a Board member who:

  • Works or has worked as a practising lawyer,
  • Has an ability to assist with corporate governance and regulation compliance matters relevant to a not-for-profit,
  • Has some understanding of the legal and risk factors that need to be assessed in a campaigning and advocacy organisation,
  • Is able to assist and feed back on the management of risks (please note: this role will not involve the provision of legal advice),
  • Is passionate about tackling structural gender inequality, and
  • Understands the role of campaigning and community mobilisation in driving change.

We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as people of diverse gender, race, sexuality, religious and political beliefs to consider applying for this role.

Please note that this role is not restricted to a particular physical location. We also encourage people based outside of metropolitan areas to apply.

The role of the Board

The Directors of Fair Agenda are collectively responsible for:

  • Upholding the mission of the organisation and ensuring the organisation is in the best position to foster a bold and inclusive movement of Australians taking action for a fair and equal future for women,
  • Assisting with fundraising where possible, as part of the Board’s role in ensuring the organisation’s financial sustainability,
  • Ensuring the organisation remains compliant to relevant regulatory bodies,
  • Organisational oversight, including approving major strategic and financial decisions,
  • Ensuring long term strategy is in place - including approving, evaluating and refining strategic planning,
  • Driving organisation review and risk review processes,
  • Ensuring the organisation uses its finances in a sustainable way,
  • Selecting, supporting and reviewing the performance of the Executive Director, and
  • Providing expert and strategic advice and mentoring, to Executive Director as required.

During Fair Agenda’s start-up phase Board members also play an important ambassadorial role for the organisation, and are expected to help build relationships with organisations, individuals and potential donors where appropriate. 

 

Recruitment criteria for this role

Core criteria we’re considering in applications for this role are:

  • Experience as a practising lawyer and understanding of the legal and risk factors that need to be assessed in a campaigning and advocacy organisation,
  • An ability to assist with corporate governance and regulation compliance matters relevant to a not-for-profit,
  • An ability to help assess and feed back on the management of risks (please note: this role will not involve the provision of legal advice.)
  • A passion for tackling structural gender inequality, and the role of campaigning and community mobilisation in driving change.

Additional skills and experiences considered valuable in applicants:

  • Understanding of and/or training in anti-oppression,
  • Previous governance or board experience,
  • Familiarity with relevant areas of policy,
  • Organisational management or strategy development experience,
  • Fundraising experience or relationships,
  • Experience working with or advising start-ups.

You can access the full Position Description for the role here.

To express interest in the role, please send a cover note outlining your interest and relevant experience, along with a copy of your CV to info@fairagenda.org with the subject 'Board EOI'. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further please reach out to the Executive Director Renee Carr via the same email address.

Expressions of interest will next be considered at the next Board meeting on the 19th January.