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We're inviting you to be our Financial Manager!

 

 

Use your skills and experience to help the animal care community tackle the climate crisis within and beyond our sector!

 

About the role

At Vets for Climate Action (VfCA), we’re looking for an individual to join our voluntary Board of Directors as an advisor or board member. We’re searching for an individual who:

  • Is passionate about climate action and has a commitment to the role of the animal care profession in tackling the climate crisis
  • Has a high level of emotional maturity and the ability to work in a team
  • May have previous experience sitting on or reporting to a not-for-profit board with a strong knowledge of sound governance
  • May have an interest in taking on extra responsibility within the board.

**Note that this is a voluntary role**

 

Role requirements

The Financial Manager will:

  • Have general financial oversight, including funding, financial planning and budgeting
  • Ensure financial controls are in place and effective, including managing audit requirements
  • Oversee the financial aspects and controls related to fundraising
  • Provide financial performance reporting to the board, including advising the board on financial strategy
  • Set up and maintaining the organisation’s Risk Management framework
  • Develop financial management performance expectations with the CEO and oversee the CEO in their performance against these expectations.

We welcome applicants who wish to either sit in either a non-executive role or as a legally bound Director of the organisation. 

 

 

 

We request that Directors:

  • Work with our Board and our CEO to advance VfCA from a young start-up to a mature and professionalised organisation.
  • Be available for Board duties, including;
    • Monthly 2 hour board meetings, via videoconference
    • One annual face-to-face Board meeting for purposes such as: strategic planning, operational planning, board evaluation (may be optional for the Treasurer, pending discussion with the Applicant). Board members are reimbursed for travel costs incurred.
    • 2 hours pre-reading for each board meeting.

VfCA values diverse experiences and perspectives to strengthen our team, strategies, and movement. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations people, people of colour, parents and carers from all types of families, and people living anywhere in Australia.

 

About Vets for Climate Action

Vets for Climate Action (VfCA) represents veterinarians, veterinary nurses, practices and industry partners across Australia calling for climate action. We work to help everyday Australians understand the need for urgent climate action, we train people within our profession to become advocates and we organise our community to realise the change they want to see.

VfCA is a young and dynamic organisation that has progressed towards being a fully-fledged and impactful climate organisation in our two years since founding. The vast majority of our work is driven by our incredible volunteers while we have three full time paid staff. To date we have:

  • 40-50 people are regularly volunteering their time toward VfCA activities. Amongst other work, our members have released on average one media piece a week since our official commencement
  • 90+ organic members paying a recurring monthly membership fee
  • Run a pilot of ClimateSmart, our hospital sustainability program
  • In conjunction with zoos across the country we held a Vigil for the Animals lost in the 2019/20 bushfires 
  • Secured the honourable Professor Peter Doherty as Patron of VfCA. Professor Doherty is the only veterinarian have been awarded a Nobel Prize
  • Coalesced a group of 25 former Chief Veterinary Officers to advocate for our government to act on climate.

Vets for Climate Action is a non-profit company limited by guarantee. We are funded by contributions from private philanthropists, businesses, grants, grassroots fundraising and regular donations from supporters.

 

To express interest

To express interest in joining the VfCA Board in this role, please send a cover note outlining your interest, experience relevant to the position description, along with a copy of your CV, to Alix Foster Vander Elst via [email protected].