ID: 162978

Deputy Chairperson (mentored, volunteer role)

Human Rights Regular - more than 6 months Hobart TAS

About this opportunity

Organisational environment: Citizen Tasmania is a not-for-profit arts and human rights organisation that provides people with the means to tackle challenges within their communities through education, empowerment and connection. Our particular focus is to support Tasmanians of refugee background and those seeking asylum to reach their potential.

Staff and Board members must share the values and philosophies of Citizen Tasmania and fulfil the legal obligations associated with the role. Citizen Tasmania is proud of its supportive culture which seeks to advance leadership opportunities and build capacity in all staff and Board members. Monthly Board meetings are held at 6pm on the third Wednesday of the month via Zoom or in the Citizen Tasmania office. Meetings typically last under 1.5 hours.

Overview of the role: Citizen Tasmania is governed by a Board that is responsible for the effective governance of the organisation including legal responsibilities outlined in its Constitution. Governance includes establishing overall long and short term goals, objectives and priorities for Citizen Tasmania in meeting the needs of the community.

The Deputy Chairperson is expected to, in collaboration with the Chairperson, Treasurer and Director: • contribute between 6 - 10 hours per month which includes mentoring time, meeting preparation, meeting time and supporting the Chairperson and Director as required • attend and actively participate in monthly Board meetings including the AGM
• be informed of the services provided by Citizen Tasmania and publicly support them • comply with all policy and procedures • manage high level monitoring of the organisation’s finances • sign and adhere to a confidentiality agreement • declare any conflict of interests both personal and public as they arise • provide recent Police Check.

Ultimately it is anticipated the Deputy Chairperson will be mentored such that they can take over the role of Chairperson and lead the Board in: • ensuring the mission of the organisation is adhered to • setting short and long-term strategic goals • finalising budgets and allocating funds • taking responsibility for the organisation’s financial records • evaluating programs, services, and products • performance management of Board members • taking ultimate responsibility for all legal matters and for compliance with regulatory requirements (eg annual general meeting, annual returns, audit) • appointing auditors and approving the audit of the financial records • maintaining and building the organisation's public profile.

You’ll benefit from: • a strong and supportive team environment • growing community connections • career development and strong leadership opportunities to eventually take over as the Chairperson.


Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *.

You will have
• a strong interest in growing the capacity of Citizen Tasmania
• a commitment to the vision and values of the organisation
• high level communication skills
• a desire to learn from the existing Chairperson, Board and Director
• excellent working understanding of computer literacy, video conferencing, and emails essential.
• capacity to be contactable and responsive to emails throughout the month is essential
• lived experience, close connection to or experience working within Tasmania’s multicultural communities is an advantage.
Note: A background in human rights is not essential, but a passion for it is. Similarly, experience leading an organisation at a strategic level is not essential – this is a career development role and support will be provided by the current Chairperson, the Board and the Director.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

6 – 10 hours per month

Type of work
  • Governance, Boards & Committees
  • Research, Policy & Analysis
  • Tutoring & Coaching