Board Member

Seeking suitability qualified individuals to contribute to the success of Greenpeace Australia Pacific as voluntary members of the Board.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited (GPAP) is committed to excellence in governance and therefore seeks suitability qualified individuals to join the board and can contribute to the overall success of the organisation.

The GPAP Board is dedicated to fulfil our key strategic commitments outlined in the GPAP three year plan 2018-2020. Ultimately, upholding GPAP values, mission and purpose is critical as we work to ignite the shared social, political, economic and cultural power of people to win a just and healthy planet.

Candidates must have sufficient time to commit to GPAP Board work and as a priority one of the following two areas of skills and experience:

  • Strong financial skills suited to being able in future to act as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
  • Demonstrated experience, preparedness and enthusiasm to participate in Fundraising and Philanthropy

Ideally candidates will also have:

  • Experience in Greenpeace, campaigning and/or expertise in environmental or wider movements
  • Relevant experience, skills, and availability to be considered in future to become the GPAP Board Chair
  • Demonstrated skills, experience and attainments in commercial or political arenas, with relevant networks suitable to providing significant value to the GPAP Board as it scales up for greater achievement.

Overview

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity. GPAP’s gross income in 2018 was $20million.

Our core values

  • Independence: We do not accept money from governments, corporations or political parties because it would compromise our core values.
  • Bearing witness: Our peaceful protests work to raise awareness and bring public opinion to bear on decision-makers.
  • Non-violent direct action: We strongly believe that violence in any form is morally wrong and accomplishes nothing. Greenpeace takes non-violent direct action at the point of an environmental crime to expose an environmental problem.

Key responsibilities

The GPAP Board is above all else the guarantor of the integrity of the organisation. GPAP Board directors are required to uphold their statutory and fiduciary duties to act in good faith; avoid conflict of interests and owe duty of care diligence and skill.

The full range of GPAP Board member responsibilities is extensive. In summary, the GPAP Board is expected to exercise the following key responsibilities:

  • Ensure that GPAP’s mission is clear, appropriate and maintains relevance as times change
  • Provide guidance for setting the direction of GPAP
  • Continuously monitor GPAP’s programmes and activities to ensure they are aligned with GPAP’s mission and achieve their short-term goals and long-term purpose
  • Oversee executive performance by setting objectives and performance indicators for the CEO and regularly reviewing his/her performance
  • Assure that GPAP obtains and appropriately uses the resources required to carry out GPAP’s mission and sustain it
  • Be satisfied as to the adequacy and integrity of financial and other reporting to the Board and that there are adequate systems of internal control; and
  • Establish and maintain robust systems for identification and management of risks

As a member of the board of a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), GPAP Board members have duties and responsibilities prescribed under the ACNC Governance Standard 5, which include:

  • To act with reasonable care and diligence
  • To act in good faith in the best interests of Greenpeace and for a proper
    purpose
  • Not to improperly use information or position
  • To disclose conflicts of interest
  • To ensure that financial affairs are managed responsibly
  • Not to allow the charity to operate while insolvent.

Meetings per year Applicants to the GPAP Board need to be able to have sufficient time to contribute to the Board work (approximately 15 – 20 days per year). The GPAP Board meet at least six (6) times per year in Sydney, in person. The cadence will be a formal evening Board dinner, followed by a full day Board meeting the following day. Additional tasks include participation in Board Committees, meeting preparation time, travel, and the accumulation of small parcels of time responding to emails, phone calls and other ad hoc tasks.

How to apply

All candidates wishing to be considered as part of this process are required to complete and submit the online Expression of Interest application form and attach a copy of your CV (max. 2 pages). Application close 5pm AEDT, Friday 5th of April 2019.

Upon assessment of applications, the GPAP Nominations Committee will seek to recommend suitable candidates to the GPAP Board and GA. A recruitment decision will be made by vote at the GPAP Annual General Meeting in May 2019. Greenpeace Australia Pacific is an equal opportunity employer and promotes an environment that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions of all people. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and Indigenous peoples from the pacific, people with disability, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this role.

Please direct questions and queries to Human Resources ([email protected]).