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Position Available – WELA Treasurer

March, 2021


Join a dynamic women’s team driving leadership for women addressing the crises in both nature and our climate. 

This pro-bono position will suit someone with experience working with start-up NGOs and who is comfortable balancing growth and risk.  

The Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) project was established in 2016 as an annual leadership development program for women in the Australian environment and climate movements. 

Building on the success of this program, in 2019/20 WELA embarked on a significant expansion of their work. Extensive consultation and input from women leaders in the sector resulted in a clear three-year proposal for expanding WELA’s work.

WELA is now seeking a Treasurer to join its inaugural board — an important and essential role for a skilled person with a passion to drive leadership for women. This exciting pro-bono opportunity will attract someone who has the ability for critical appraisal, can contribute to strategic planning and keep the finances healthy so that WELA can achieve its mission. 

As an active and alert Treasurer you will contribute to WELA extending its activities, resulting in greater benefits to women’s leadership and the wider community and in helping to solve the crises in nature and the climate.

Your main duties are to oversee WELA’s financial administration, financial reporting and procedures, and to advise the Board on financial strategy.

WELA is currently hosted by The Green Institute, but is working rapidly towards becoming an independent organisation, WELA Ltd (CLG). WELA is auspiced by and has a working relationship with Green Skills Inc.. Green Skills Inc. has DGR 1 status.  As a member of WELA Ltd and Board member you would sign on to WELA’s Cultural Statement and the Code of Conduct. 

WELA today 

Today, WELA exists to empower, support, fund and diversify women’s leadership for our environment and climate action, to transform Australia’s response to these crises. 

The organisation has a Strategic Director who is responsible for continued strategic development of WELA and our work, coordinating and overseeing the delivery towards our current plans, establishing new partnerships to advance our aims, fundraising to support WELA’s growth and oversight of our financial management.

Our Administration Officer (0.4 EFT) manages organisational administration and logistics for our annual program, and a contracted Book-keeper manages the income and expenditure of the organisation, and will prepare monthly financial reports including cash flow statements, P&L and a balance sheet.

WELA tomorrow 

Now, we want to capitalise on our momentum. We are becoming an independent organisation and are seeking a volunteer Treasurer who aligns with our vision and passion and would like to invest their time, skills and energies into a major boost for women’s leadership especially around the crises in nature and climate. We aim to: 

●    Empower: Increasing numbers of women from diverse backgrounds and sectors are empowered in their leadership for our environment through WELA’s leadership development programs.

●    Support: The WELA Support Network will transform the ability of women nationally to connect, support and empower one another in their leadership for our environment and climate action.

●    Fund: The WELA Giving Circle will directly fund women-led advocacy projects for our environment, and connect members with a thriving community for change.

●    Diversify: Creating an inclusive and diverse movement of women leaders, actively supporting women from diverse backgrounds, locations and sectors. 

Duties of the Treasurer:

  1. To be part of a dynamic Board with oversight of financial matters and management including providing financial overview as well as the detail below to the Board, and to staff.
  2. Ensure the Board understands its financial obligations; and advise options when modification of the budget is necessary.
  3. Advise the Board on the financial performance of WELA to enable the Board to make informed decisions concerning the financial viability of the organisation and that the organisation complies with financial and regulatory requirements.
  4. The budget will fall out of the strategic plan, so the Treasurer will work with the Board to develop strategy and help set goals. 
  5. Ensure preparation of a timely FY budget by the Strategic Director for approval by the Board; ensure accurate expenditure against budgets for period up to date for each board meeting; and projected expenditures for the current FY against budgets.
  6. Ensure that the financial records of WELA are secure, up-to-date, accurate, archived, provide an audit trail for all transactions and are available to any reasonable request from a member.
  7. Ensure the accounts are available in a timely manner to be submitted for approval by the Board before the AGM; and for any financial requirements e.g. grant applications/acquittals.
  8. Work with the Public Officer and Secretary to supply necessary financial information for governance or regulatory purposes. Such records are also to be available to any member on request.
  9. Support Strategic Director and other staff/contractors in the implementation of their financial duties including oversight of the receipt and banking of all money (via electronic systems), ensuring all payments that need to be authorised by the Treasurer and/or other delegated Board member/signatory are paid in a timely manner, and ensuring any grants that are received are managed in compliance with the funding agreement and acquittals are prepared in line with the terms of the agreement. 
  10. Review all internal processes and reporting methods at least annually including financial procedures manual. Review financial policies and make recommendations to the Board for any changes if needed. 
  11. Protect the organisation against fraud and theft, ensuring safe custody of money, and prompt banking.
  12. Recommend the appointment of the auditor, and review their performance as required.
  13. Ensure that the annual audit occurs and the financial reports are prepared in accordance with any accounting, audit and statutory requirements including keeping an assets list.
  14. Attend meetings of the Board in person or online and other committee meetings as required of a Board member.

Expected time needed:  1–2 days per month plus meetings.

This is a volunteer position. 

For further information contact the Strategic Director, Victoria McKenzie-McHarg 


Please send your Expression of Interest as an email to explaining why you are interested in this position, and including a copy of your CV. EOI will close at 9am Monday 12 April.