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Seeking First Nations identified board secretary- volunteer role

intertwine is a not-for-profit harm-prevention organisation seeking a volunteer First Nations identified Board Secretary to fill a casual vacancy until the annual general meeting in November. 

intertwine’s vision is of communities, organisations and services that are inclusive and just, in a participatory society where all people have opportunity, representation and access to power.

intertwine supports organisations to achieve this vision through assistance in developing and implementing appropriate intersectional policies and structures, delivering diversity, inclusion and consent training and workshops and providing HR support.

You will join a small but enthusiastic team of people working to create social justice transformation through training and education, networking and communities of practice and community resources. You’ll also receive plenty of mentoring and support in this position, so don’t worry if you feel you may not have extensive previous experience in a similar role!

A $200/month honorarium is available.

The role

The Secretary provides administrative and clerical support to the Board, through the timely and accurate collection and sharing of information directly related to its activities. In this role, your main responsibility will be to ensure the Board is well informed and that its activities are well documented for the use of Board members.

The role requires attending scheduled monthly board meetings, supporting strategic conversations around: 

  • Finance and Remuneration
  • Strategic Risk Management, and
  • Advocacy and Policy

Other commitments include attendance at stakeholder and member events, and at the AGM and annual strategic planning workshop.

Core responsibilities:

  • Creating and timely distribution of an agenda for Board meetings and other meetings such as the annual general meeting;
  • Accurately recording and distributing the minutes of Board of Directors meetings;
  • Creating and maintaining an up-to-date board planning calendar outlining matters to be on the board’s agenda over the course of a year;
  • Maintaining a full contact list of board members including board member appointment dates, term of appointments and board member bios;
  • Assisting with the preparation and amendment of organisational regulations, allocation of authority documents, corporate governance and risk management guidelines.

Key selection criteria:

We’d love to see applicants with some of the following:

Essential:

  • Identify as a member of one of the First Peoples of this land;
  • Have skills in community engagement, fundraising, and/or activism;
  • Have a commitment to intersectionality and dismantling the structures that create marginalisation.

Targeted skills and experience:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and access to a computer for word processing purposes
  • Desirable: Experience with campaigning or advocacy, especially in areas of social justice;
  • Desirable: Experience in motivating, managing and dealing with people including evaluating performance, succession planning and executive remuneration.
  • Desirable: Living experience of intersectionality, for example, (noting that this list is not comprehensive) two or more of the following characteristics: Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, person of colour, LGBTIQA+, person from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background, disabled person, neurodiverse person, identifies as a woman.

Application process

Interested applicants should email rosanne@intertwine.org.au. with a current CV if available as well as an attached statement describing why you are interested in joining intertwine as the Board Secretary.

Applications will be reviewed by board advisors and the CEO, and short-listed applicants will be contacted for a short interview. 

Please send any enquiries to rosanne@intertwine.org.au.  

Communications intern (0.1 FTE)

intertwine is looking for a casual communications intern for approximately four hours per week. Although the role will be small to begin with, we hope to continue to grow and hours may increase down the track. The role would suit a recent Communications graduate or someone with experience in activist communications. Campaign communications training (Common Cause, race-class narrative, Pass the Message Stick) and training in communications tools will be provided.

You will join a small but enthusiastic team of people working to create social justice transformation through training and education, networking and communities of practice and community resources.

Core responsibilities

  • Conduct research into current events and social trends relevant to intertwine’s activities, with specific attention paid to intersecting social justice issues
  • Draft social media messages for posting on social media channels as directed
  • Draft and update web pages for use on intertwine’s web site as directed
  • Draft email and fundraising campaigns from time to time as required.
  • Monitor and report on social media activities in the sector
  • Draft communications strategies for specific events and campaigns as required 
  • Prepare reports analysing public engagement with intertwine’s communications channels.

Key selection criteria

  • Solid understanding of intersectional feminist theory, critical race theory, the social model of disability and queer theory
  • Commitment to intersectional social justice
  • Experience drafting messages for publication
  • Experience with design and layout
  • Experience in assessing and analysing materials using an intersectional lens
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Desirable: Familiarity with Meta Business Suite, WordPress, Canva
  • Desirable: Lived experience of intersecting inequalities

Salary

This position is currently identified as a casual or part-time level 3 position under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award. Entry level graduates start at pay point 3.

Location

Work from home (if in Naarm, then possibility to work from Victorian Pride Centre)

To apply

Send a cover letter addressing the selection criteria along with your CV to rosanne@intertwine.org.au by 5pm April 11, 2022.

intertwine has a commitment to employing people with different skills and life experiences. First Nations people and people with lived experience of intersecting inequalities are strongly encouraged to apply.

About intertwine

intertwine’s vision is of communities, organisations and services that are inclusive and just, in a participatory society where all people have where all people have health, wellbeing, representation & self-determination.

We aim to eliminate marginalisation and oppression through dismantling systemic power structures and removing structural barriers. We do this through education, engaging and connecting diverse communities and organisations and fostering resilience, intersectional inclusion and self-empowerment

intertwine takes a primary prevention approach to help organisations understand the underlying drivers of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and that creating the circumstances for gender equity, cultural and racial justice, freedom of sexuality and gender identity and a social model of disability will result in a society with lower rates of harm by others and lower rates of self-harm by those affected.

Our training materials, public information sessions and information guides outline the ways that intersecting privilege and marginalisation are the underlying drivers of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Our policy guides suggest practical approaches to reduce the harms caused by these systems, including clauses for use in human resources, approaches for marketing and communications, improvements in member and client relationships and planning accessibility for online and offline activities.

intertwine has a Board of Directors and an Advisory Panel consisting entirely of people with lived experience of intersecting disadvantage. It explicitly mentors and creates work for young people with lived experience of intersecting disadvantage.

Join intertwine’s Board

Join intertwine’s Board

SEEKING BOARD DIRECTORS with Lived Experience

Two voluntary roles

intertwine is a not-for-profit harm-prevention organisation seeking to expand its Board comprised of skills-based Directors who also have lived experience of intersectionality.

intertwine’s vision is of communities, organisations and services that are inclusive and just, in a participatory society where all people have opportunity, representation and access to power.

intertwine supports organisations to achieve this vision through assistance in developing and implementing appropriate intersectional policies and structures, delivering diversity, inclusion and consent training and workshops and providing HR support.

The inaugural managing director is Rosanne Bersten, a campaigner and communicator with more than 20 years experience working in media, not-for-profit organisations and progressive political parties. There are currently five Directors, with varying levels of Board experience, and we seek an additional two Directors to join the Board. There is also an Advisory Board currently comprising seven members with lived experience of intersectionality.

The Directors will be motivated by the challenges and responsibilities of the role and committed to actively contributing to positive impacts while overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation.

As intertwine acknowledges the additional burden placed on people living at the intersections of inequalities, we intend for all Board positions to be shared roles and to match each less-experienced Board member with a more experienced Mentor.

intertwine is a not-for-profit company limited by shares, registered as a charity with the ACNC. It is listed on the Register of Harm Prevention Charities and therefore has DGR status.

The role

The role requires attending monthly board meetings and participating in and contributing to strategic conversations around:

  • Finance and Remuneration
  • Strategic Risk Management, and
  • Advocacy and Policy

Other commitments include attendance at stakeholder and member events, and at the AGM and annual strategic planning workshop.

 

Responsibilities

  • Oversee, approve and monitor strategic vision and direction
  • Evaluate the performance of the Managing Director (MD) annually
  • Monitor the integrity of financial systems and reporting of the organisation
  • Oversee risk management and legal compliance of the organisation
  • Provide strategic advice and direction to the MD
  • Provide high level strategic and financial advice aligned with individual experience and professional background
  • Be an advocate for the organisation and promote its mission and values to communities.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be considered on the following criteria:

Essential:

  • An understanding of and adherence to best practice governance standards;
  • The ability to form a working relationship with the Board members and CEO;

Targeted skills and experience:

We’d love to see candidates with some of the following:

  • Lived experience of intersectionality, for example, (noting that this list is not comprehensive) two or more of the following characteristics: Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, person of colour, LGBTIQA+, person from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background, disabled person, neurodiverse person, identifies as a woman.
  • Experience with campaigning or advocacy, especially in areas of social justice;
  • Start-up/NFP, social enterprise business development skills and experience;
  • Experience in content development and online learning platforms;
  • Knowledge of impact and outcome evaluations, quality management systems/frameworks, preferably with experience in implementation;
  • IT and digital transformation;
  • Understanding of government, crowdfunding and philanthropic funding processes;
  • Legal expertise and understanding of organisational structures;
  • Familiarity with consensus as a decision-making model

Highly regarded:

  • Prior Board governance experience;
  • Willingness to mentor less-experienced Board members
  • Strategic planning experience

Application process

Interested applicants will be required to submit a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and a current CV to rosanne@intertwine.net.au.

Applications will be reviewed by the existing Directors and the managing director, and short-listed applicants will be contacted for a video interview.

Please send any enquiries to rosanne@intertwine.net.au.

Unsuccessful applicants may be offered a voluntary position with the Advisory Board to the Board of Directors instead.

Want to know more? get in touch

0402 148 489
rosanne@intertwine.net.au

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Yes, I’d love to be considered for the intertwine Board

Please indicate in your application how you would use your lived experience to develop intertwine as an organisation. intertwine encourages applications from First Nations people and acknowledges that we are conducting business on colonised land. 

Seeking advisory board members with lived experience — six voluntary roles

intertwine is a new organisation seeking to expand its Advisory Board comprised of skills-based advisors who also have lived experience of intersectionality.

intertwine’s vision is to celebrate diversity, welcome intersectionality and create a not-for-profit sector free from racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia and ableism.

intertwine supports organisations to achieve this vision through assistance in developing and implementing appropriate policies and structures, delivering diversity and consent training and workshops and providing HR support.

The inaugural CEO is Rosanne Bersten, a campaigner and communicator with more than 20 years experience working in media, not-for-profit organisations and progressive political parties. There are currently six advisors, with varying levels of Board experience, and we seek an additional six advisors.

The advisors will be motivated by the challenges and responsibilities of the role and committed to actively contributing to positive impacts while assisting the organisation to move to a formal structure.

As intertwine acknowledges the additional burden placed on people living with multiple marginalities, we intend for all Advisory Board positions to be shared roles and to match each less-experienced Advisory Board member with a more experienced Mentor.

Intertwine is currently auspiced by the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council but has longer-term plans to incorporate and Advisory Board members would be invited to join the Board of Directors, depending on the skills and experience required.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be considered on the following criteria:

Essential:

  • An understanding of and adherence to best practice governance standards;
  • The ability to form a working relationship with the Board members and CEO;

Targeted skills and experience:

  • Lived experience of intersectionality, for example, (noting that this list is not comprehensive) two or more of the following characteristics:
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, person of colour, LGBTIQA+, CALD person, disabled person, neurodiverse person, identifies as a woman.
  • Experience with campaigning or advocacy, especially in areas of social justice;
  • Start-up/NFP, social enterprise business development skills and experience;
  • Experience in content development and online learning platforms;
  • Knowledge of impact and outcome evaluations, quality management systems/frameworks, preferably with experience in implementation;
  • IT and digital transformation;
  • Understanding of government, crowdfunding and philanthropic funding processes;
  • Legal expertise and understanding of organisational structures;
  • Extensive social media experience
  • Familiarity with this consensus as a decision-making model

Highly regarded:

  • Prior Board governance experience;
  • Willingness to mentor less-experienced Board members
  • Strategic planning

The role

The role requires attending scheduled board meetings (we estimate there will be 6-8 per year), and participating in and contributing to strategic conversations around: 

  • Finance and Remuneration
  • Strategic Risk Management, and
  • Advocacy and Policy

Other commitments include attendance at stakeholder and member events, and at the AGM and annual strategic planning workshop.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee, approve and monitor strategic vision and direction
  • Evaluate the performance of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) annually
  • Monitor the integrity of financial systems and reporting of the organisation
  • Oversee risk management and legal compliance of the organisation
  • Provide strategic advice and direction to the CEO
  • Provide high level strategic and financial advice aligned with individual experience and professional background
  • Be an advocate for the organisation and promote its mission and values to communities.

To apply

Interested applicants should email rosanne@intertwine.net.au and attach a statement describing their skills and experience, and why they are interested in joining the advisory board. They should also provide a current CV. Applications will be reviewed by the existing advisors and the CEO, and short-listed applicants will be contacted for a video interview. We aim to make the selection by early February 2018 in time for a strategic planning workshop.

 

 

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