State Appointments

Chair of the Board

Your chance to work with an iconic organisation and help unlock the potential within every Western Australian girl. Help us as we enter into a period of exciting growth and opportunity! Use your professional skills to make a difference in the lives of thousands of girls as the Chair of the Girl Guides WA Board.

Since 1915, Girl Guides Western Australia has helped more than one hundred thousand girls unleash their power.  By helping to unlock the enormous potential of these individuals, Girl Guides Western Australia (GGWA) has not only changed their lives, it has also enriched our community.  While we are proud of the significant contribution we have made to this State, we know we can do so much more, today and into the future. This is a unique chance for you to use your skills and experience to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women and through them, contribute to the Western Australian community.

As the Chair you will lead the Girl Guides Western Australia Board and ensure proper governance and effective management of the affairs of Girl Guide Western Australia as a Member of Girl Guides Australia. This is a volunteer role, with appointment by the Girl Guides Western Australia Board with endorsement from members at the Annual General Meeting. The term of the Chair of Board is for 2 years with an option of extension of 2 years plus 2 years by mutual agreement. A position description is available below.

The responsibilities of the role include:

  • Provide leadership for the Board of Directors in order to ensure the integrity of Board processes, including the efficiency and effectiveness of meetings, Director development and adherence to the Constitution and Board values and rules
  • Develop ways of work that promote shared leadership among the Board members
  • Chair the Annual General Meeting of Girl Guides Western Australia
  • Provide leadership for Girl Guides Western Australia and promote the development of Guiding
  • Articulate a vision for success and sustainability and lead with a long-term and strategic focus
  • Participate in strategic discussions around partnership and/or advocacy issues including those that have political implications for Girl Guides Western Australia
  • With the State Commissioner and General Manger, support and lead the development and implementation of the Girl Guides Australia Strategic Plan
  • Consult with State Commissioner for the implementation of strategic directives

The ideal candidate would have:
Business related competencies:

  • Knowledge of corporate governance - the ability to facilitate the governance processes and ensure regulatory compliance
  • Facilitate leadership - the ability to inform and brief fellow directors on current organisational matters and strategies and the ability to lead constructive and timely
    discussion and debate, drawing on the expertise of the board.
  • Business acumen - having a strong understanding of the organisation’s business and financial model and key elements which drive their performance.
  • People skills – experience in motivating, managing and dealing with people including evaluating performance.

Personal attributes:

  • Integrity – meeting fiduciary duties and responsibilities, acting ethically, having appropriate independence, putting the organisation’s interests before personal interests.
  • Collaborative leader – the ability to inspire the individual contribution and participation of each board member and senior executive to fully utilise their collective expertise to set the aims, strategies and policies of the organisation.
  • Effective communicator – the ability to engage and effectively communicate with all stakeholders.
  • Emotional intelligence – as well as self-awareness and self-management, the chair needs to be able to motivate and be able to empathetically manage situations where
    strong emotions are present.
  • Engaged commitment – a willing participant with genuine interest in the organisation

For a full position description please click below and for a confidential discussion please email the Manager.

  • Applications should include a cover letter addressing the key points noted under the ideal candidate profile above, along with a copy of the candidate's resume.
  • The closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 1 June and can be made via the General Manager and should be in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.