The Penguin Foundation is looking to appoint two new Directors to its Board. The Foundation provides ongoing funding for the conservation programs that protect Millowl (Phillip Island) and its wildlife including Little Penguins, Koalas, Eastern Barred Bandicoots, Australian Fur Seals, Short-tailed Shearwaters and Hooded Plovers. Our network of supporters includes individuals, and a broad range of grant providers and corporate sponsors.
Recent successes include support for the re-establishment of threatened species - the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Bush stone-curlew on Millowl, as well as a multi-year project to identify and manage the risk of disease in the largest population of the world’s smallest penguin. More information at the Penguin Foundation website.
Directors are responsible for governance of the Foundation in line with its strategic plan, budget and business plan. The Penguin Foundation Board presently comprises Directors with extensive experience in conservation, research, wildlife management, business, stakeholder engagement and IT.
The new Board Directors will ideally have previous experience in Board or committee management, governance, and strategic planning. An ability to think creatively and innovatively, and a passion for conservation is a must. Knowledge and experience of conservation, marketing and communications, finance, and philanthropy and/or stakeholder engagement would be advantageous. To complement the skill mix already on the Board, a background in law would be considered very favourably.
The Board meets four times a year – with meetings alternately in person on Phillip Island and remotely by video-conference. Directors may also be required to consider a limited number of proposals outside of these meetings. The Foundation is supported by an Executive Officer (0.6 FTE) and also receives in-kind support from Phillip Island Nature Parks. We are required to report annually to the ACNC, CAF and DCCEEW (Federal Environment Department).
We encourage applications from people of all ages, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and from LGTBQI+ people. New Directors will join the Board prior to the AGM in October. Tenure is not fixed but in the interests of Board continuity and stability we’d be keen for you to commit to at least 3 years.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to apply your skills and energies for purpose and further your Board career supported by a highly professional, collegiate and collaborative Board.
Please send your resume and a brief cover letter outlining why you’d be a great addition to the Board, addressed to Board Chair, Simone Clancy via LinkedIn. Please feel free to contact Simone if you’d like further information or have questions.