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Board Member/Non-executive Director

Westgate Community Initiatives Group Inc. (WCIG) is a well-known, community based not for profit organisation that is committed to creating practical responses to unemployment in the western region of Melbourne and Geelong. WCIG’s Mission Statement is creating futures through workforce participation for people experiencing disadvantage. WCIG also operates three social enterprises to create accessible employment and social inclusion for people with a disability, in the areas of retail, domestic and commercial cleaning as well as gardening and property maintenance.


The Role

WCIG is currently experiencing an exciting phase of positive change and as a result we are looking to maintain and further enhance the mix of skills and diversity within the Board. As a Board Director, you will be responsible for the leadership of WCIG and establishing the organisation’s strategic direction and desired outcomes. You will assist in ensuring legal obligations are met and monitoring organisation performance. The Board is also responsible for long and short term operational planning, as well as reviewing the annual budget and providing financial oversight. These positions are a rare opportunity for you to make a valuable difference in the management and operation of WCIG.


About You

  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to think strategically and provide leadership
  • Corporate governance in a similar industry, such as employment, training and/or disability sector is highly desirable
  • Strong financial and accounting literacy
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other board members, CEO and senior management
  • Ability to identify risks and implement strategies to minimise/mitigate risks
  • Understand a director’s legal duties and responsibilities, including overseeing compliance with legislation

Board members are expected to attend board meetings at Footscray outside of business hours every two months for approximately two hours each time. Additional time may be required for any ad hoc preparations, committee meetings and attendances at the organisation’s activities and events.

Please note that this is an honorary role with a term of two years and requires the individual to become a member of WCIG.

Please send your expression of interest to by close of business 27 January 2019. Applications must include a resume and cover letter outlining your relevant experience and what you believe you can contribute to the organisation. If you have any questions, please contact Tristan Ellery – HR Manager on 03 9689 3437 or email Frank Carlus - Chair of the WCIG Board on


WCIG is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and supports the creation of working conditions to ensure that all employees and Board members have an equal chance to seek and obtain employment, promotion and training. WCIG encourages applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders and/or those with a disability.  Only Australian citizens, permanent residents or people who have the right to work in Australia may apply.

Our organisation is committed to child safety. We have zero tolerance of child abuse. Our robust human resources, recruitment and vetting practices are strictly adhered to during the application and interviewing process. Applicants should be aware that we carry out working with children, police records and reference checks (as we see fit) to ensure that we are recruiting the appropriately qualified and experienced people.