Title: Board Director
Reports to: Chairperson
Location: Flexible, with a preference for east coast time zones. The WELA team and board works remotely, within AEST hours
Job Type: Voluntary. Approx 2 – 4 hours per week
Applications close: Thursday, 1 June, 2023, 9am AEST
Do you want to contribute to protecting and restoring our environment, solving climate change and taking on the patriarchy?
We are currently seeking three new Board Directors with either strong governance, fundraising or legal experience to support the continued growth and success of WELA. We’re also seeking board directors with a background in social enterprise or financial management. We are committed to creating a diverse and skilled board of women and gender diverse people for our environment and climate action.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a small, growing and passionate team taking on some big challenges – and doing it with a good sense of fun and personal sustainability.
Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) is empowering, supporting and funding women’s leadership for our environment and climate action, to transform Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crises.
The Board of Directors role is voluntary, and without remuneration. Travel, accommodation and any other out-of-pocket costs in relation to Board Members’ duties will be reimbursed.
We particularly encourage women and gender diverse people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women of colour, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people living with disabilities and those from working class backgrounds to apply.
Image description: WELA Board Directors and staff.
The WELA board provides a core leadership role ensuring that the organisation operates in compliance with our responsibility as a Company Limited by Guarantee and as an ACNC registered organisation with DGR1 status. The board adds value to the organisation by steering, anticipating and providing wisdom and good judgement. We contribute to the vision of WELA, its values, culture and achievements. We’re developing a strong, diverse board that plans succession and increases the skills and abilities of its members.
Board members have an important role to play in setting the strategic direction of the WELA vision.
Board members are responsible for:
Professional development opportunities will arise that board members may wish to take part in. The board is developing a policy for board level professional development. Encouraging learning is a great investment in our board and WELA as an organisation.
– A commitment to the values and culture of WELA
– Passionate about environmental protection and addressing the climate crisis
– Passionate about supporting women’s leadership
– At least three years experience as a board member (or strong legal, governance, fundraising experience)
– Passion and demonstrated commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles (JEDI)
Desirable – one or more of the following
– Experience working with environmental not for profits or feminist organisations
– Experience in governance of not-for-profit organisations
– Experience in fundraising – and a willingness to be involved in fundraising and/or engage your networks as donors, partners or champions
– Legal background and knowledge, including Work Health and Safety, employment, insurance and risk management
WELA’s Board Members serve a three-year term before being eligible for re-appointment. The total time commitment is expected to average 2-4 hours per week. Board meetings are held online monthly and committee meetings are held separately. Board members are encouraged to join board sub-committees and participate in annual planning sessions.
Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) is empowering, supporting, funding and diversifying women’s and gender diverse leadership for our environment and climate action, in order to transform Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crises.
Overwhelmingly, our existing political, business and societal leadership has failed to adequately address the climate and environmental crises at hand. It’s time for a leadership change. Put simply, we will not get out of this by relying on the same leadership that got us into it. The evidence is clear – more women in decision making roles equals better environmental outcomes. We need more of it.
We’re a small and empowering team, with a big vision for change. We work hard, but have a healthy commitment to work/life balance, and enable the flexibility to support this. We support one another to grow, develop, and bring joy and creativity to our work each day.