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Special Olympics Australia - Club Chair - Melbourne Eastern Ranges Club, VIC

Special Olympics Australia - National Office
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Special Olympics Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides regular sports training, competition opportunities, and development programs for people with an intellectual disability across Australia.

The Club Chair provides effective leadership and guidance to ensure the club is able to deliver on its development objectives. Specifically, this includes improving community awareness of the SOA brand, developing long term relationships with sporting organisations within the jurisdiction whilst also coordinating and facilitating fundraising opportunities. Fundamental to the success of the role will be the ability to drive a culture of strong governance that ensures agreed outcomes are delivered for the Club under their jurisdiction. The Chair will foster an encouraging environment where all members can operate effectively and contribute to meeting these outcomes.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience in business, or an equivalent organisation, with a proven track record in developing strong working relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand, implement and lead the SOA Club charter
  • Obtain a good working knowledge of the SOI Official General Rules and duties of Club LT
  • Establish and develop relationships with the local council within your LGA
  • Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Club
  • Oversee compliance with the SOA code of conduct by all members of the Club
  • Promote growth of the club via membership and programs
  • Manage and oversee the Club Accreditation process in conjunction with entire Club LT (every 2 years)

Key Tasks Performance

Leadership

  1. Chair Club Leadership Team meetings ensuring that they are run efficiently and effectively
  2. Deliver on Club development objectives within agreed budgets
  3. Work collaboratively with SOA staff and State LT to ensure alignment of Club priorities with the broader organisation
  4. Proactively represent the Club in both internal and external settings
  5. Focus on athlete outcomes by ensuring that necessary skills are developed and optimally utilised within the Club structure

Fundraising 6. Deliver on Club development objectives by creating internal revenue streams and fundraising opportunities 7. Support athletes and programs by sourcing funds either through fundraising initiatives or by partnerships within the local community

Development

  1. Assist in the development of partnerships with sponsors, funding agencies, local government and other organizations relevant to the goals of the Club
  2. Growth of the club through increasing membership and volunteer base, in conjunction with national office

Essential Requirements

  • Working with Children / Working with Vulnerable People Check
  • Strong business networking, negotiation, organisation, and presentation skills
  • Excellent organisation and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Demonstrated planning skills
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant business or leadership experience
  • Previous experience with a not for profit or disability organisation

Desirable Criteria

  • National Police / Criminal History Check
  • Possess business acumen, vision, and strategic planning abilities
  • Previous experience as a chair or vice chair
  • Previous experience in fundraising/sponsorships

Please send your resume and a cover letter (no longer than 1 page) detailing your experience, suitability, and availability for this position by emailing us at garethh@specialolympics.com.au. Please note that if you do not include these documents, your application shall not be considered

Special Olympics Australia is a child safe organization and conducts relevant checks as part of a volunteer screening.