About Good Neighbors Australia
Good Neighbors is a non-religious international development NGO founded in 1991 for the purpose of reducing poverty in the most disadvantaged communities. Good Neighbors implements projects to protect child rights, to strengthen global partnerships, and to advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable across the globe.
Good Neighbors attained general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) in 1996. Currently, Good Neighbors is working in 44 countries with a focus on inclusive community development and child protection.
Good Neighbors Australia office launched in July 2018 under the auspices of Good Neighbors’ partnership. Good Neighbors Australia currently implements domestic and overseas programs in Vietnam and the Philippines and supports our partners throughout the Asia-Pacific regions. We are registered with ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission) and have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status.
• Attend GNAU Board meetings and provide input into organisational direction from a governance position
• Serve on GNAUs’ operations according to skill set
Board positions are voluntary; however, expenses are covered by the organisation.
Insurance for specific type of directors
The Role of the Board
The Board is responsible for the governance of the organisation, including: • Setting the strategic direction for GNAU
• Reviewing the performance of the organisation
• Ensuring the development of the executive management team
• Approving the annual project plan
• Monitoring project performance
• Ensuring major risks are identified and managed
• Ensuring the organisation complies with all aspects of law
• Reviewing and approving Board level policies.
All decisions are made collectively by the board and all directors share equal responsibility for decisions.
Essential requirements and Required commitment
• Commitment to GNAU’s vision, mission and values (Appendix 1)
•Understand the legal duties and responsibilities of a Board member
• General skills and experience in some of: organisational senior leadership, international community development, public relations, marketing, fundraising, communications, advocacy, HR, risk, compliance, operations.
In this specific case, the following key competencies are sought: Fundraising (community fundraising, corporate sponsorship, workplace giving, bequests, etc.), a network of contacts (both corporate and individuals) who may be potential donors of finance, gifts in kind and advice, strong relationships with the philanthropic community.
Vision and Inspiration - a role model to the organisation with a unifying, energising and collaborative style.
Integrity – able to fulfil duties and responsibilities, act ethically, exercise appropriate independence and put the organisation’s interests before personal interests.
Collaborative – able to function as an effective team member, have curiosity to ask questions and courage to persist in robust discussion.
Emotional intelligence – as well as self-awareness and self-management and self -evaluation, be able to demonstrate empathy manifested through strong interpersonal skills.
Judgement and instinct – able to demonstrate good business instinct and acumen and assimilate and synthesise complex information.
GNAU is committed to good governance practice and supporting directors to be actively and effectively contributing to the board. This includes: • A visit to an overseas partner within the term of appointment.
• Regularly undertaking professional development
Child Safe Organisation
GNAU is a Child Safe organisation and directors are required to read and understand our Child Protection policy and abide by our Board Code of Conduct.
Directors are required to provide authorisation for a National Criminal History check and a banned and disqualified register check.
If you are interested please email you CV to [email protected]