Board Chair – Vacancy

1st September, 2021

Do you have a passion for supporting girls and young women?

Girl Guides Australia (GGA) is seeking applicants for the role of GGA Chair. The GGA Chair leads the Board comprising state-nominated and independent-appointed Directors and brings excellent governance and strategic leadership to the activities required to successfully deliver on GGA’s Mission and Strategic Plan. This position is part of GGA’s collaborative leadership team along with the Chief Commissioner and CEO.

GGA is the custodian of the Australian membership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), being a founding member and part of the ever-growing global movement with more than 10 million individual members in 152 member organisations. GGA’s members are the six State Girl Guide Organisations (SGGOs) in Australia.

GGA and the SGGOs have recently reviewed their mission, purpose and strategy.

  • GGA’s Mission is Empowering girls and young women to discover their potential as leaders of their world.
  • GGA’s Purpose is to work with its SGGO members to promote and enable the growth and success of Girl Guiding in Australia (GGiA) and to amplify the voice of girls and young women nationally and
  • The GGiA Purpose is that through girl-led programs championing fun, friendship and adventure, Girl Guiding empowers girls and young women to find their voice and discover their potential, explore possibilities and make a genuine difference in the world.

The successful GGA Chair will:

  • Lead the Board with sound governance practices and responsible decision making;
  • Oversee the timely development and implementation of GGA’s Strategic Plan;
  • Represent GGA in a professional and enthusiastic manner; and
  • Enable GGA to have an appropriate CEO.

The Chair will demonstrate an understanding of GGA, exceptional leadership, strategic thinking, integrity and professionalism, refined communication skills, and a strong drive for success. The Chair will also have strong understanding of the governance and leadership of member-based not-for- profit organisations. Knowledge and experience in strategic business planning and delivery, consensus building and organisational development, financial oversight, risk identification and management and change management is expected. Deep expertise and experience in financial and risk management skills and experience, and legal understanding will be highly regarded.

The GGA Chair is appointed by the Board. The appointment term is for three years with the potential for a second three-year term up to a maximum term of six years. Time commitment expectations are around one day per week, including out-of-business hour’s work. A modest honorarium and expenses are paid.

GGA supports younger women assuming leadership and governance roles within GGiA.

Applications can be made by providing a cover letter and your CV to the GGA Chair Selection Panel via email (marianne@girlguides.org.au). An information package, including detailed Position description, is provided here:

Position Information Pack

Information provided cannot be used for any purpose other than consideration around the GGA Chair position. Applications are to be received no later than Friday 24 September 2021 at 5pm (AEST).



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