Kids' Own Publishing

Role: General Board Member Type: Not-for-Profit & Community Organisations Location: Yarra City Council, Victoria
Community development Education Arts and culture
Annual Budget: $250,001-$750,000
Number of Paid Staff: 1 - 3
Number of Volunteers: 6-20
Current Board Size: 4-7
Board Meetings (frequency): every two months
Board Meetings Held: At Night

Area of Expertise Being Sought:
Fundraising, Marketing / Branding, Media / Communications / Public Relations

Board Meetings (Mode):

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

Nil - honorary role

Any further information about this vacancy:

About the Role

Kids’ Own Publishing is seeking to appoint up to two new Board Directors. You will join a passionate and engaged board in driving forward our work guided by a strategic plan. You will support achievement of our vision and contribute additional skills and experience.

The Board meets six times a year. There are occasional additional meetings and planning sessions as well as functions (including virtual) that you would be expected to attend.

About Kids’ Own Publishing

Kids’ Own Publishing is a not-for-profit arts organisation – we publish books by kids for kids. Kids’ Own Artists co-create books with children and their communities that reflect their culture, identity and imagination.

We partner with communities to co-design community-publishing workshops, facilitated by artists. Children and artists collaboratively work together to develop content for the books, that are then published and launched with fanfare.

We publish books by kids because self-representation, creative expression and visibility are powerful. When children co-create and publish books that reflect their own worlds (real and imaginary), they contribute to the creation of culture, and see themselves reflected in it. Through a fun, engaging process of making books with artists, children are encouraged to take creative risks, build confidence and make connections.

Read more about our work at:

Kids’ Own is a registered charity regulated by the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.

Key Selection Criteria

The Board identifies the following as core skills for all directors:

  • Governance – including an understanding of the legal and regulatory principles and frameworks for not-for-profit organisations
  • Finance and risk management
  • Strategy and organisational planning

We are currently seeking two new Board Directors  with skills and experience from amongst one or more of the following areas (as well as the core skills above):

  • Digital strategy, digital marketing
  • Fundraising

Who are you?

You are passionate about the arts and/or books and publishing. You enjoy working collaboratively to support the work of a small team and have excellent interpersonal communication skills.

Kids’ Own actively promotes diversity and inclusion. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities. 

Experience working with culturally diverse communities and previous NFP experience would be advantageous.

How to apply:

If you would like further details or information about the role, please contact

Morelle Bull (Chairperson) by email at

Email your CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria and setting out your relevant skills and qualifications, board and other relevant employment experience and interest in joining the Kids’ Own Board, to The Chairperson, Kids’ Own Board at using the subject line:

ATTN: EOI Board Director application

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Once you have filled in the following form, your details will be emailed directly to Kids' Own Publishing. They will contact you on the telephone number and/or email address you provide. We will not disclose your details to anyone apart from the recruiting organisation.

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