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FYA Board Director

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We are currently seeking to recruit a voluntary non-executive Director to join the FYA Board.  

The role of the FYA Board is to uphold and maintain the vision and purpose of FYA and support the organisation in backing young people to beat injustice and transform the future. We’re seeking a new Board Director who can bring passion in creating radical social change, strong governance expertise, and experience in managing an organisation through a period of change.

In particular we’re searching for Directors who have experience and skills in working within the not-for-profit sector to oversee governance and strategy matters, and to ensure the organisation uses its finances in a sustainable, ethical way. We are also prioritising candidates who have an interest and relevant expertise to step into a Chair role during their first term


  • Approximately 4 to 6 hours per month and two full day workshops per year.
  • The Board meets six times per year. Board sub-committees meet four times per year.
  • This is a voluntary role (no remuneration is paid). Any expenses to participate will be covered. Board members can liaise with the Chair to discuss a small stipend to reduce barriers to participation 
  • The term is for two years and Directors can be re-appointed to serve a maximum of three terms in total.

Specific responsibilities


The FYA Board are responsible for: 

  • Protecting the mission of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and supporting the organisation in backing young people to beat injustice and transform the future;
  • Ensuring a long term strategy is in place, and advising on strategy and resourcing decisions;
  • Oversight of financial performance, investments and risk compliance;
  • Helping to oversee and advise on campaign strategy and capacity building programs; and
  • Supporting the development of organisational culture, including becoming an anti-racist organisation.

All board members are required to undergo a National Police Check prior to commencement. A person who has been charged or convicted with an offence is not automatically prohibited from volunteering with FYA. FYA will consider the nature of the offence or charge, the circumstances surrounding the offence or charge and the nature of the person’s role at FYA prior to making a decision as to whether the person can be a volunteer.

FYA is committed to maintaining a strong and diverse Board where individual members bring unique perspectives and strengths to the organisation.

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, people with disability, LGBTIQ+ communities, migrants and women.


  • A genuine interest and passion in creating systems change
  • A genuine interest and passion in empowering and backing young people
  • Experience on previous boards or committees
  • Experience in leading organisations through a period of change
  • Experience working with or involvement in not for profit organisations
  • An understanding of financial and non-financial risk management
  • Experience in people management, health and safety and environmental and social responsibility
  • An understanding of best practice ways of working, policies and processes for a child safe workplace
  • Philanthropic connections and fundraising experience
  • Government relationships and/or deep expertise in government liason

Application process

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis. The closing date for applications is Monday 20 May 2024.