ID: 214034

ACT State Director

LGBTIQA+ Regular - more than 6 months Anywhere

About this opportunity

For the full Position Description and details on how to apply, see the Out For Australia website.


The State Director is responsible for leading and managing the State Team. The State Director is a people manager who grows, equips, influences and empowers their team to drive OFA’s activities and programs in their state. The two primary functions of State Team are:

1. Events: Support event volunteers to run events in your state, which showcase visible role models and thought leadership, and create safe spaces for aspiring young LGBTIQA+ professionals to be their most authentic selves in the workplace; and 2. Outreach: Foster relationships in your state community through our outreach strategy (particularly with universities and key local community partners), both to better understand our community and to promote OFA, in order to successfully support our events and to promote our mentoring program.

The State Director works through their team to implement the OFA national strategy and report on state activities, primarily overseeing these two functions, while also collaborating with our Mentoring Team, Communications Team and other national teams


Team management / leadership [35%]

It is your role to provide the State Team with a clear sense of direction and purpose, and to manage and empower your State Team to implement outreach and event strategies and to succeed with their respective projects. This involves the following:

  • Recruit and onboard to build a strong ACT team.
  • Helping team members articulate their visions/set goals.
  • Checking in with team members periodically to ensure those goals are being met.
  • Connecting team members with adequate resources to achieve their vision.
  • Working with other national portfolio leaders (eg. Mentoring Director, Events Director, P&C Director, etc.) to align state and national strategies.

In addition, you should take a mentoring/coaching role with your team members (where appropriate). At a minimum you should be organising 1-1 catch ups with individual team members (in person or via Google Meets) every few months to chat about their volunteer experience and their professional development.

Event Delivery and Strategy [40%]

  • Within your first month, you will be expected to review and update a goals and strategy document with your long-term (one year) vision for OFA in your state/territory which aligns with the national strategy, as well as goals for three months, six months and one year. You will report against this strategy in your regular check-ins with the CEO.
  • You will deliver events in collaboration with OFA partners and relating to successful grants. Events will be organised by the State teams with ultimate responsibility for organisation and delivery with the State Director.
  • On an on-going basis, you will talk with and work with the CEO and the other State Directors to share ideas and address issues of national importance.
  • On an ad-hoc basis, you may collaborate with external stakeholders and execute on existing or create new initiatives together with the partnership, community and state teams.

Organisational responsibilities [15%]

  • Organise and run monthly State Team meetings (preferably face-to-face but with the option for remote meetings). Prior to these meetings you must liaise with other portfolio areas in OFA (chiefly Mentoring and Partnerships) so you can report to your team on national developments and ensure that state projects and activities align with these (i.e. these meetings are not just a ‘show and tell’, they are a crucial information exchange).
  • Oversee and coordinate annual State Team recruitment and succession planning, with the support of the People and Culture Team (such as by helping draft Position Descriptions and holding interviews).
  • Manage the state budget

General volunteer expectations (10%)

  • Undertake an OFA volunteer induction and role onboarding.
  • Understand and implement OFA’s strategy, vision and mission.
  • Uphold our volunteer code of conduct.
  • Assist with initiatives as required.

Additional requirements

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Time Required

4 - 6 hours per week.

Suitable for
  • Online & Remote Volunteers
Type of work
  • Education & Training
  • Fundraising & Events
  • Mediation & Advocacy
  • Tutoring & Coaching

Ongoing learning and development opportunities available to all volunteers.