Director – Expression of Interest
The Board of Girl Guides Australia (GGA) is seeking expressions of interest to join our National Board as an Appointed Director.
GGA is keen to hear from interested parties who:
- Demonstrate commitment to the vision and ethos of Girl Guides Australia and the World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
- Are supportive of the agreed strategic plan
- Have experience in providing strategic oversight and in making governance level decisions
- Have a good understanding of financial and risk management
- Have a working appreciation and understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of sitting on the National Board of a federated not-for-profit organization
- Understand Director duties and corporate governance responsibilities
GGA is seeking persons with knowledge and experience in the following:
- High level knowledge and expertise in finance and risk management is a prerequisite
- Director Duties (recognised governance qualification preferred)
- Strategy and governance
Directors also need to demonstrate commitment to the National Code of Conduct (including the Promise and Law of Girl Guides Australia) and will be asked to sign off on privacy policies and to meet all regulatory requirements.
- People under 30 years are encouraged to apply.
- Guiding experience would be highly valued, however is not a requirement.
This is a voluntary role. GGA Directors will be remunerated for agreed expenses.
Parties interested in seeking further information on this EOI can contact Marianne Karam the Company Secretary, of Girl Guides Australia by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Closing date for the EOI is 19 August 2019.
About Girl Guides Australia
Girl Guides Australia (GGA) is a peak organisation for girls and young women. As a founding member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) we are part of a world-wide movement of some 10 million members in 150 countries that provides non-formal education for girls and young women.
Girl Guides in Australia has been empowering girls and young women to become confident contributing participants in society, whatever their ability or background. We provide girls with opportunities to grow, learn and have fun in relevant and meaningful ways. Providing the foundation for girls and young women to be the best they can be and harness their individual potential to make a difference. We foster personal character based on our values of; respect and collaboration to draw out leadership qualities. We instil the confidence for girls and young women to take action on issues they care about and contribute to the communities around them as a key part of their personal growth.
Our dedicated volunteers, Australia-wide, are provided leadership training and support to gain new skills, which are transferable to other areas of life.
What does Guiding do?
Girl Guides deliver a service to the community in the form of non-formal learning to girls and young women.
Girl Guides delivers this program to around 22,000 youth members through some 2,000 volunteers across Australia.
- Learning in small groups to support each other, negotiate, make democratic decisions, assert our needs, solve problems together, take the lead
- At the pace and through a pathway that is determined by the girl to respect individuals, make our own choices, learn in the best way for us, value our achievements, collaborate not compete, be confident
- Learning by doing to take on challenges, learn through experience, take risks, make mistakes, get involved, pay attention
- Connecting with others to value others, appreciate diversity, listen, connect, make a difference, develop empathy, communicate
- Connecting with the world to be active citizens, get our hands dirty, enjoy the outdoors, get involved in our community, speak out for change, pay attention to the wider world
Learning is experiential and connected to others. With a goal of making the world a better place.
This core competency is typically implemented through an extensive network of trained volunteers, via a program of activities in weekly meetings at “units”, and events such as camping, major “jamborees” as well as overseas trips.
Structure of Girl Guiding
Girl Guiding in Australia is run by eight different organisations. Seven State Girl Guide Organisations that deliver the program to girls and young women, and the national peak body whose members are the State Girl Guide Organisations. Whilst the Boards and Structures of each organisation differ in this Federation, they share a common set of goals, mission, branding, publications policies, (where nationally appropriate) and at times, resources (income and otherwise).
The Board of Girl Guides Australia (and its Committees) has strategic oversight and governance of the strategic plan and business plan. The GGA Board and GGA Organisation are charged in the Federation with the following responsibility and roles:
- As the Girl Guide body in Australia, GGA is the Member Organisation of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), with all the rights and responsibilities this brings.
- GGA has responsibility for representing Girl Guides throughout Australia at federal levels.
- Issues that have national impact and which require advocacy on behalf of Girl Guides within Australia, will be led and managed by GGA.
- GGA has responsibility for Guiding in Australia and for
- providing governance leadership;
- making the major decisions on the strategic direction of Guiding within Australia;
- and acting in accordance with guidelines developed by WAGGGS.
- GGA develops and oversees management and operational policies that direct the future of Girl Guiding in Australia.
- GGA will develop and support a method of delivering Guiding through a program based on the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Method as defined by WAGGGS – the Australian Guide Program.
- GGA will develop and support the leadership development and trainer training program- the Australian Learning and Qualification Program.
- GGA is responsible for ensuring that programs are developed which will foster the WAGGGS ways of work of WAGGGS and for reporting to WAGGGS.
Role of Directors
The purpose of a GGA Director is to contribute and be accountable for the governance of Girl Guides Australia. A full PD is attached to this EOI. (PD 42). Additional Information is on the website.
- PD.42 Director of Board of Girl Guides Australia
- GGA Constitution 2 June 2019
- National Code of Conduct
- Strategic Plan
- Annual Report 2018