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Board Member - Treasurer

  • Location: Perth WA
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Human Rights
  • Time Required

    Board meetings are every 6 weeks. Finance Sub-committee is every 6 weeks. Anticipate 4 hours per month.

  • Suitable for
    • Skilled Volunteers
  • Type of work
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Fundraising & Events
    • Governance, Boards & Committees
  • Training

    Induction and Orientation offered

WLSWA snapshot: Annual Budget: $950,000 Number of Paid Staff: 11 Number of Volunteers: 7-14 Community Segment: Community Legal Centre Specialist Area: Women

Board snapshot: Current Board Size: 10 Board Members. Board size is increasing to a total of 11. One current vacancy as part of our Treasury succession planning. Board Meetings (frequency): every 6 weeks for 2 to 3 hours Board Meetings Held: At Night Board Meetings Held: Perth CBD Other - Sub Committee Meeting: monthly for 1 to 2 hours Expectations:  - It is expected that a Board member attends at least 75% of board meetings.   - Physical attendance at board meetings is strongly encouraged.   - Board members typically sit on 1 or 2 sub-committees
 - Treasurer will sit on Finance Sub-Committee

About WLSWA As a specialist not-for-profit Community Legal Centre, WLSWA is the only standalone Women’s Legal Service in WA. It is a leader in the sector. WLSWA provides accessible legal services on a non-discriminatory and equitable basis to women facing disadvantage in Western Australia.

From a gender equality perspective, we work to redress inequalities in the legal system that adversely and disproportionately affect vulnerable women, particularly victim/survivors of domestic and family violence who need expert assistance in family law, child protection and compensation for criminal injuries. We advocate for clients and educate stakeholders about these issues, operating holistically to empower and assist women in the common legal issues that they face.

WLSWA embraces innovation in responding to emerging issues in the legal landscape and in pursuing social change and law reform to reduce inequalities, as well as promoting individual justice and safety.

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who align with our vision, mission and values. 

Vision Justice, empowerment and safety for women.

Mission We:

  1. Educate women to know their legal rights.
  2. Support women in gaining equitable access to information, advice and advocacy.
  3. Assist women to achieve fair outcomes.
  4. Empower women to make informed legal choices.

Our Values: We promote equitable access to justice. We uphold gender equality and cultural diversity. We value and uphold honesty, professionalism and dedication. We drive law reform and lead public debate. We value and care for our clients and each other.

WLSWA is at the early stages of a strategic sustainability journey. Having commenced with a re-brand, plans for growth of services to meet our clients’ needs and increasing client demand, securing alternative sources of funding, and expanding our volunteer programme are areas of focus for the year ahead.

As we strategically look at Board succession planning we would like to appoint a General Board Member – with significant financial and management accounting experience to take on the role of Treasurer after a period of handover.

The role will involve: Overseeing budget, cashflow and financial statement preparation and review. Monitor the activities of third parties handling outsourced finance and treasury functions on behalf of WLSWA. Liaising with external accounting and finance outsource provider. Looking at alternative sources of funding including workplace giving, corporate and philanthropic donations, fee for service models and other targeted fundraising campaigns. Involvement in the annual external audit. Assistance with the Annual Report as it relates to financial matters. Advise management and Board on the liquidity and cash flow aspects for short- and long-range planning. Maintain a system of policies and procedures that impose an adequate level of control over finance and treasury activities. Involvement with WLSWA tax matters and employee benefits as applicable. Member of Finance Sub-Committee.

Area of Expertise Being Sought: Individuals in senior Finance positions within Corporates, Big 4 or other sophisticated finance focused environments are strongly encouraged to apply.

An interest in justice for women via Advocacy, Community Legal support, Strategy & Development, Fundraising, Grants Administration. Experience with the not for profit service sector will be highly valued.

Diversity and Inclusion:  WLSWA is a diverse organisation which values diversity, gender equality and social inclusion. WLSWA is committed to upholding these values. We have a culture in which difference is valued and positively encourage all candidates to apply irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation or other characteristic. Our goal is to make everyone feel involved, respected and connected – where different ideas, backgrounds and perspectives work together to thrive in achieving the WLSWA vision and mission.

People from diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and / or linguistically diverse are strongly encouraged to apply.

Payment: Nil - honorary role


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