Diverse Communities & Social Services Australia Inc. (DCSS Australia Inc.)


Role: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, General Board Member, Also, C-Suite Executives; Leaders and Advisory Committee Members Type: Not-for-Profit & Community Organisations Location: All States and Territories
Public safety Community development
Annual Budget: $10,001-$25,000
Number of Paid Staff: 1 - 3
Number of Volunteers: 21-100
Current Board Size: 4-7
Board Meetings (frequency): monthly
Board Meetings Held: At Night

Area of Expertise Being Sought:
Accounting / Finance / Investment, Advocacy / Government Relations, Business Development / Social Enterprise, Change Management, Ethics, Fundraising, Governance, Human Resources, Impact Evaluation, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Law & Legal Services, Marketing / Branding, Media / Communications / Public Relations, Program & Project Management, Research & Development / Innovation, Risk Management, Strategy (Strategic / Succession Planning)

Board Meetings (Mode):
Face-to-face, Online/Dial-in, Flexible

Females, People with Disabilities, Seniors/Retired People, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, English as an additional language or dialect, LGBTQI


Any further information about this vacancy:

About Us:

Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS) Australia is a registered Charity and Not-for-Profit Community Justice and Social Support Services, Volunteer-led Organisation throughout Australia.

Diverse Communities and Social Services (DCSS) Australia is the only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual or other gender and sexual diversities (LGBTIQA+), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI), Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD),
Diversity and Inclusion focused organisation which delivers a dual-accredited Not-for-Profit Community Justice Program operating across Australia.

DCSS Australia delivers this program in close partnership with the Victorian Department of Justice - Fines Victoria (WDP Team) and the NSW Revenue Office - Legal Aid (WDO Team), City of Melbourne, as well as many of our other Community Partners.

We were in 2014, Incorporated in 2016, Registered Charity Fundraiser in 2018, Registered Charity in 2019.

Our Values: Trust - Respect - Integrity - Belief - Equality (T.R.I.B.E.)

To find out more about the various opportunities we have available please visit our Seek for Volunteers page: https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering-organisations/15603/diverse-communities-and-social-services-australia-inc---dcss-australia-inc--

Please also visit our website www.dcssaustralia.org for further information and feel free to get in touch with our friendly People & Culture Team via emailing People.Culture@dcssaustralia.org

We look forward to hearing from you soon and working together to make Australia a better place. 

About the position:

DCSS Australia, seeks to appoint (an independent) non-executive director. This role is vacant due to a retirement.

The role requires attending approximately 10 board meetings and serving on at least one board committee per year.

The role may require attendance in monthly conference calls for management/financial reporting and general compliance issues.

Competencies and skills (role-related) Knowledge of a director’s responsibilities – includes an understanding of the role as well as the legal, ethical, fiduciary and financial responsibilities;

Strategic expertise – the ability to review the strategy through constructive questioning and suggestion and contribute to the effective decision making of the board;

Accounting and finance – the ability to read and comprehend the company’s accounts, financial material presented to the board, financial reporting requirements and some understanding of corporate finance;

Legal – the board’s responsibility involves overseeing compliance with numerous laws as well as understanding the individual director’s legal duties and responsibilities

Risk Management – experience in managing areas of major risk management to the organisation; Managing people and achieving change – experience in current management thinking on employment, branding, engagement, strategic vision and stakeholder communication; experience in executive remuneration and compensation;

Industry knowledge – experience in similar organisations or industries.

Competencies (personal attributes)

Integrity – fulfilling a director’s duties and responsibilities, acting ethically, appropriate independence, putting the organisation’s interests before personal interests;

Collaborative yet curious and courageous – a director must be able to function as an effective team member but also must have the curiosity to ask questions and the courage to persist in robust discussions with management and fellow board members where required;

Emotional intelligence – as well as self-awareness and self-management, a director needs to demonstrate empathy manifested through strong interpersonal skills.

A director must work well in a group, listen well, be tactful yet able to communicate in a cogent and candid viewpoint;

Commercial judgement and instinct – a director needs to demonstrate good business instinct and acumen, and be able to assimilate and synthesise complex information;

Active contribution - a director needs to be an active contributor with a genuine interest in the company and its business.


Our Requirements:

Every application is based on merit, we have minimum standards which must be met by every candidate and position to work with our organisation, some standards and requirements include:

- Australian Citizenship/Permanent Resident;

- Relevant Qualifications and Certificates/Registrations;

- Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience within Australia;

- Great communication verbal and written;

- Ability to commit the required time for the position and be able to commit to a 12-month position (minimum);

- Upon engagement, you will be required to have or obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) and a National Police Check (NPC), which is conducted alongside our partnered charity agency;

- The ability to maintain a good character clearance.

Duty Statement: https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/opportunity/154380?name=Non-Executive-Director-&-Board-Members

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