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Director of the Board

Position Details

Role: Director of the Board, Minus18 Foundation Ltd.

Status: Volunteer position (reasonable expenses are reimbursed).

Investment: 4-5 hours per month approx., including a monthly Board meeting, quarterly Committee meeting, half-yearly training day, event attendance, and email correspondence.

Location: Offices are based in Naarm/Melbourne (Victorian Pride Centre, St Kilda); but we strongly encourage inter-state, rural and regional applicants to apply, as we support remote access.

Commitment: Two years

Reports to: Chair, Board of Directors

Role of the Board

The Minus18 Board has ultimate collective responsibility for the strategy and governance of Minus18, supporting the CEO and staff to achieve the strategic plan. Board members commit to the following responsibilities:

Monthly Board meeting (first Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8pm);

The Board meets monthly to review Minus18’s performance, discuss key issues, and approve strategy.

Quarterly Committee meeting (flexible times - weeknights or weekends);

In addition to these meetings, each Director is part of one of three Committees - Finance & Risk, Access & Inclusion, or People & Culture - and are expected to support the work of Committee projects, including attending quarterly Committee meetings. (please indicate your preference in your application);

Bi-Annual strategic planning day

The Board meets once a year for a strategic planning day, which typically falls on a weekend. The agenda for the day normally includes Director training as well as a general deep dive and discussion into the organisations’ strategic plan.

Teamwork and Communication (1-2 hours per week)

Directors work collaboratively to meet deadlines and communicate effectively;
Set aside regular time (avg. 1-2 hours per week) to monitor and respond to email correspondence;

Using your voice

Outside of our formal governance roles, Directors are expected to publicly advocate for Minus18 to raise the profile of the organisation at events and online. Directors will be required to leverage their networks and expertise to support our mission to empower LGBTQIA+ youth.

Proactively use your networks and contacts to further the mission and reputation of Minus18; and Develop and help implement strategic planning, projects and initiatives to improve the work of Minus18.

Our Commitment to You

  • Provide a supportive, collegial and inclusive environment;
  • Support skill development through;

    • Bi-annual Board training/planning day (flexible roster, usually weekends);
    • Ad Hoc training sessions with staff and other board members;
    • Individual attendance at webinars;
    • Support from experienced directors;
  • Ongoing commitment to improving access and inclusion

Your Commitment to us

The initial term is until the next AGM (October 2022). Minus18’s constitution requires you to re-nominate for your position at the AGM, which we encourage you to do with a view to committing to at least 2 years on the Board.

What can you bring to Minus18?

Minus18 is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment, and the role this has in driving a high-performing and sustainable organisation. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse lived experiences. We encourage young people to apply and let us know if any special assistance is required during the application process (including barriers to recording and uploading your application).

Diverse board composition is a vital foundation for effective boards and important in the context fo Minus18’s strategy and purpose. With this in mind, we have conducted a recent skills and experiences assessment of our current board members. To complement and strengthen our board, we encourage and support members of the following to apply:

Lived Experience

One or more of the following
  • Lived experience as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community;
  • Members of our priority populations are strongly supported to apply;

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    • People of colour
    • Trans and gender diverse people
    • People from rural, regional and remote communities
    • People born with an intersex variation
    • People living with a disability
    • Neurodiverse people
    • People aged 18 - 27 years old at the point of application

Skills and Experience

Experience in two or more of the following:
  • Passionate about youth LGBTQIA+ empowerment and inclusion;
  • Experience on a Board or similar governance body;
  • Demonstrated skills in start-up growth and scaling, change management, organisational growth and expansion;
  • Demonstrated financial literacy (e.g. interpreting profit & loss statements, balance sheets or other financial documents);
  • Established networks and contacts in the LGBTQIA+, youth, education or Government sectors;
  • Established networks and contacts for potential donors, partners and sponsors of Minus18;
  • Established networks or experience in the marketing, advertising, public relations or digital agency sectors;
  • Experience and skills in law and compliance.
  • Experience and skills in human resources and/or local to national expansion.

Formal Requirements:

You must meet all three of the following:
  • Ability to gain Working with Children Check
  • Aged 18+
  • Not disqualified from serving as a company director under the Corporations Act 2001 (a Director ID will be required through the Australian Business Registry Service)

How to apply

Please email Asiel Adan Sanchez (they/them), Secretary, at with:

  1. A copy of your CV
  2. A short introductory 3 minute video (preferred) or two-page cover letter responding how you fit the criteria within “What you can bring to Minus18” section of this information pack.
  3. Applications close: 11.59pm 23rd January 2022

For any questions about the position, please contact Charles Hammersla (he/him), Chair, at


Minus18 is committed to promoting and advancing equal opportunity for young people, especially young people in our strategic priority groups (People of Colour, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, and people with culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds). We encourage young people in our strategic priority groups to apply, and to let us know if any special assistance is required during the application process (including barriers to preparing and uploading your application).

Applications close
11.59pm, 23 January 2022
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