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Online Board position: General Board Member

  • Location: Across: Victoria VIC, New South Wales NSW, Queensland QLD, Northern Territory NT, South Australia SA, Western Australia WA, Australian Capital Territory ACT, Tasmania TAS
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Education & Training
  • Time Required

    Board Meetings (2 hours) held 6 x year AGM (1-2 hours) held 1 x year Task completion; attend training; prepare and submit reports as per to Board Meeting and AGM outcomes

  • Suitable for
    • Families with Children
    • Online & Remote Volunteers
    • People with disability
    • Skilled Volunteers
    • Wheelchair Access
  • Type of work
    • Education & Training
    • Governance, Boards & Committees
    • Safety & Emergency Services
  • Requirements
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Working with Children Check *

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.


Alongside provides proactive education, support, PTSD services and a community for partners and families of frontline Emergency Services and Defence personnel.

Alongside Board Members are responsible for ensuring the mission, strategic goals, and legal and moral requirements in line with the ACNC are achieved within the approved budget.

Importantly, the Board will act to strengthen stakeholder relationships and support the growth of Alongside programs and services within Defence and Emergency Services nationally.

Board & Committee Member responsibilities

  • Understand and support the Alongside mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • Abide by the Alongside Code of Conduct
  • Ensure that Alongside remains in strong financial health (and understand financial statements)
  • Identify, categorise and prioritise risks and ensure that strategies to minimise or mitigate risks are in place
  • Be informed about and monitor the industry and environment within which Alongside operates
  • Ensure that Board performance and appointments are reviewed and approved
  • Commit to continuous quality improvement (Board self-assessment)
  • Prepare for, attend and actively participate in Board & relevant Committee meetings
  • Be informed on Alongside services and publicly support them as an active advocate and ambassador
  • Be aware of and abstain from any conflict of interest
  • Build and maintain collegial working relationship with Board members, Co-Founder and Executive Staff
  • Act in the best interests of Alongside and in a manner based on transparency, accountability and responsibility.

Board Member

It is a volunteer role appointed for a period of up to three (3) years.

Each Board Member will be aligned with the Alongside purpose and ethos, respect the rights, beliefs and personal values of others and have an interest in rural/remote workforce and emergency services to support the current situation and future direction of the business.

Full Position Description

Refer to the full position description for the following attributes

  • Key Accountabilities
  • Skills and Experience
  • Other Attributes
  • Board Key Dates
  • Required Background Checks

Submit a cover letter with your resume by Thursday 21 February 2020

Cover letter to include:

  • Outline your experience and/or achievements in:
    • Growing a new business
    • Fundraising
    • Industries of Mental Health, Emergency Services, Australian Defence Forces and/or Online Course/Education
    • Working with a remote workforce
  • What is your level of knowledge and experience with:
    • Not for Profit Governance including fiduciary and legislative frameworks
    • Motivating others to succeed in implementing strategic plans
    • Governance Policy development
    • Strategy development including opportunities and risk
    • Organisational financial management
    • Revenue generation, including what you feel is role of a Board Member here
  • Explanation of:
    • the characteristics you believe a great board member possesses
    • assuming your application is successful - how will you judge your time as a Board Member one year from now
    • the last training/professional development you attended and how you have used your new knowledge in practice
    • any personal aspirations about serving on our board
  • What interests you most about volunteering with our organisation?
  • Provide email and phone contact details for a person who knows you in each of the following areas: 1. Professional 2. Board service and 3. Character, and who is prepared to provide a reference for you.
  • Known conflicts of interest
  • Clarify any known limitations to committing the time required to being an active member of the Board, including the level of autonomy over your calendar
  • Confirmation of your agreement to background checks being conducted in relation to this role