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Write for YWCA

Are you a keen writer with lots of opinions to share?

We’re on the lookout for the next generation of feminist thought leaders – if you want to write an article about something you’re passionate about that’s in line with YWCA values, we’re keen to hear from you!

Contact us at comms@ywca.org.au with your article idea, and we’ll have a chat about how we can possibly publish your article on our website!

Past Opportunities

2021 YWCA Australia Board Traineeship Program

YWCA Australia Board Traineeship Program

YWCA Australia is calling for applications for our Board Traineeship program!

We are looking for two passionate, dedicated and suitably skilled young women or non-binary people (aged 18 to 30) who are members of YWCA to join the board as trainees for a period of 12 months from 1 July 2021 till 30 June 2022. This is an amazing opportunity!

As part of this program, trainees will:

  • Attend all YWCA Australia board meetings as an observer (including in-person and online meetings) and participate in governance activities without the duties and responsibilities that apply to director positions.
  • Be awarded a full scholarship to complete the AICD Foundations of Directorship course (this may be in-person or online and is estimated to be a full 3-day commitment).
  • Undertake a comprehensive internal induction process between April-July 2021
  • Be given a ‘buddy’ on the YWCA Australia board to provide additional support and guidance.
  • Join the finance, audit and risk board sub-committee and attend all associated meetings.
  • Attend the YWCA Australia Annual General Meeting in November 2021 and share their training experiences with members
  • Enthusiastically represent YWCA Australia at events and meetings, sharing your traineeship experience with other young women and stakeholders.

This is a voluntary role and YWCA will cover all costs associated with attending meetings.

Who are we looking for?

You are: 

  • A young woman or non-binary person, aged 18 – 30
  • A member of YWCA Australia, YWCA Canberra or YWCA Hunter Region
  • Wanting to develop practical and strategic governance skills in a professional, supportive and feminist environment.

We encourage young women with all levels of experience to apply. This is a national role and applications are welcomed from all States and Territories, including from regional, remote and rural areas.

YWCA values diversity of thought and experience and strongly encourage young women with diverse lived experiences, identities and backgrounds to apply – including those who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, living with a disability, LGBTIQA+ or from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.

Applications have closed for 2021.

Nominate for the 2021 YWCA Board

Want to be part of a Board that is focused on a future where gender equality is a reality? YWCA Australia is currently inviting suitable candidates to nominate for the 2021 election process.

Three director positions are available, at least one of which must be filled by a Young Woman (that is a woman who is 30 years old or younger at the time of her appointment). Four of our directors are standing down at this AGM and three of these are standing for re-election. 

What we’re looking for

Please address each of the below Selection Criteria in your cover letter.  These skills may have been gained through life, work or education experiences and may still be in progress.

  1. Intersectional Feminism: We would like to understand your interpretation and hear about your experience in applying intersectional feminist principles and practices.
  2. Sector skills: with reference to YWCA’s YeS 2026 Strategy, experience within the sectors in which YWCA operates, including delivery of young women and women’s housing and support services and development and delivery of young women’s leadership pathways.
  3. Strategy: ability to understand and review strategy and operate at a strategic level and experience in strategy development and implementation including change management.
  4. Finance: experience managing and/or overseeing financial performance and reporting of an organisation and ability to understand and apply accounting and financial principles and interpret and apply accounting standards.
  5. Risk Management: experience in developing, implementing and monitoring risk management systems and ability to identify key risks and mitigating actions.

YWCA is seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We strongly encourage Young Women, non-binary individuals and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to apply for these positions.

Our Board

The YWCA Australia Board is a skills-based board currently made up of 12 Directors, 60% of whom are elected by the Members with the balance being appointed by the Board.  We are constitutionally required to have 1/3 of our Directors as Young Women and seek to exceed this target.  Directors of the YWCA Australia Board are appointed as directors of three companies limited by guarantee, YWCA Australia and its subsidiaries, YWCA Housing and YWCA National Housing.  Each entity is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.  There are two Board established Committees:

Directors of the YWCA Australia Board are also appointed as directors of the subsidiaries, also companies limited by guarantee, YWCA Housing and YWCA National Housing.  There are three Board established Committees: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Property Assets Committee and People, Culture and Governance Committee. As a Director, you may also be asked to join one of those Committees to offer your expertise or as a learning experience.

  • Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Nominations Committee

As a Director, you may be asked to join one of those Committees to offer your expertise or as a learning experience.

Can you do it?

Applicants must be eligible to be appointed as a Director within the requirements of the Constitution, the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the ACNC Act.  Key requirements are that the Director must be:

  • Female, or identify as female, and at least 18 years old;
  • An Ordinary Member of YWCA Australia, a Life Member of YWCA Australia or a member of the Board of World YWCA. Is not an employee of the Company;
  • Consents in writing to be a director; and
  • Is not prohibited from being a director by reason of the Corporations Act.

Your performance will be reviewed annually.

This position will require the applicant to satisfactorily complete a national criminal history record check prior to appointment.

How to apply to be a candidate

Nomination period closes 11pm 22 August 2021.

Please note: the YWCA Nominations Committee will review your application to ensure it aligns with the selection principles and criteria.  Candidates selected to stand for election will be interviewed in late September.  Interviews will also give nominees an opportunity to get a feel for the operating principles and culture of YWCA and the Board.

The Nominations Committee will recommend to the Board which candidates should be proposed for election or appointment to ensure that the skills required from this selection meet the needs identified by the Board.  It is anticipated that around 6 candidates will be nominated for election.

Eligible candidates will be notified in advance of the voting period which will run from 8 October – 29 October.  Candidates will be notified of the results in early November and administrative tasks involved with appointment will be undertaken.  Results will be announced to the Membership at the YWCA AGM, which will be held online on 18 November.  Elected candidates will not be expected to attend or speak at the AGM.

Further detail on our current Board can be found here.

Questions?

All questions can be sent to companysec@ywca.org.au.

Nominate for 2021 YWCA Nominations Committee

Want to be part of the Y’s future that is focused on a future where gender equality is a reality? YWCA Australia is currently inviting suitable candidates to apply to the Nominations Committee.

The Nominations Committee is established by the YWCA Australia Constitution to support the Board of Directors (the Board) of YWCA Australia (and its subsidiaries) in fulfilling its duties to: 

  • Select director and Board trainee candidates;  
  • Oversee evaluation of the Board; 
  • Select delegates to attend international events and meetings as representatives of YWCA Australia; and 
  • Recommend Life Members of YWCA Australia. 

In 2021, two Member elected positions on the YWCA Nominations Committee are available; one of these must be filled by a Young Woman (a female, or individual who identifies as female, who is aged 30 or under at the time of their appointment).  This is a fantastic opportunity to join a women-led, vibrant, feminist Not for Profit organisation. The Committee has adopted a Charter which sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Committee and its Members.  The Charter can be accessed here.

What we’re looking for 

When considering your suitability, please reflect on your professional, volunteer and life experience as well as your education, which may be ongoing. 

  1. Intersectional Feminism: As an evolving intersectional feminist organisation, we recognise there is no one way to describe intersectional feminist practices.  We would like to understand your interpretation and hear about your experience in applying intersectional feminist principles and practices. 
  2. In order to participate in the selection of directors, committee members and trainees you should have an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of directors and what qualities or attributes are required of an effective director. 
  3. You must have the ability to think critically, ask questions and challenge opinions. 
  4. You should have experience in, or the ability to obtain the skills required, for selection, recruitment, interviews and/or human resources. 

YWCA is seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We strongly encourage Young Women, non-binary individuals and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to apply for these positions.

Can you do it?

Required Competencies

  • It is expected that Members of the Nominations Committee:
  • Are aligned with the feminist values and vision of YWCA Australia.
  • Are advocates for young women’s leadership.
  • Act with integrity and display emotional intelligence.
  • Are collaborative yet curious and courageous.
  • Are familiar with working in not-for-profit or community organisations.
  • Participate and contribute, having regard to the time commitment set out below.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be eligible to be appointed within the requirements of the Constitution.
  • Be an Ordinary or Life Member of YWCA Australia. (Not a member? It’s free! Join now.)
  • Not be an employee of the Company.
  • Have not served more than two terms on the Committee.

How to apply

  • Download the full Position Description (PDF, 199KB).
  • Create a Cover Letter setting out why you wish to be part of the YWCA Nominations Committee and address each Selection Criteria individually.
  • Submit your nomination online.

Nomination period closes 11pm 22 August 2021.

Please note: Applications will be assessed by a Board Sub-Committee and you may be invited to interview in mid-September. Successful candidates will be put to the Membership for election in the lead up to the 2021 AGM, to be held in November.
This position will require the applicant to satisfactorily complete a national criminal history record check prior to appointment.

Questions?

All questions can be sent to companysec@ywca.org.au.

Nominate for the 2020 YWCA Young Women’s Council

Join YWCA Australia’s Young Women’s Council and contribute to national feminist policy, advocacy, member engagement and organisational strategy.

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Membership of the Young Women’s Council offers the opportunity to gain new skills and networks and be part of the global YWCA movement of passionate young women and girls. You’ll work for a period of two years with 17 other young women and girls aged between 12 and 30 from all around Australia.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for young women aged 12-30 years old who share the feminist vision and values of YWCA Australia, and are passionate and committed to the elevating the rights and voice of young women in Australia.

We encourage young women with all levels of experience to apply. This is a national role and applications are welcomed from all States and Territories, including from regional, remote and rural areas.

YWCA values diversity of thought and experience and strongly encourage young women with diverse lived experiences, identities and backgrounds to apply – including those who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, living with a disability, LGBTIQA+ or from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.

Can you do it?

Applicants must be:

  • Identify as a woman or non-binary person and be aged between 12 and 30 at time of appointment
  • A member of YWCA Australia (join today)

We estimate that this role is approximately 5 hours per month. In addition, it is a requirement of all Young Women’s Council members to attend the in-person meeting in February 2021, to be held in Sydney on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February 2021. All travel costs will be covered by YWCA. (Pending COVID-19 travel restrictions.)

How to apply

  • Download the full Position Description (PDF, 125KB).
  • Submit your nomination online.  You should note that your photo and the information provided in your nomination may be used in the election material to be sent to Members.

Nomination process closes 5pm 3 September 2020.

Questions

All questions can be sent to sarah.hill@ywca.org.au.

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