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Board Chair (voluntary)

Kids Like Us Australia Ltd
  • Medium-sized not-for-profit organisation
  • Key leadership role in emerging sector in Australia
  • Make a major contribution during a time of substantial change

Kids Like Us Australia is a charitable organisation with strong elements of social enterprise. KLU believes in the power of inspired twice-exceptional (2e) young people and has a passionate commitment to inclusion.

Twice-exceptional students may excel in many areas or in a very narrow specific domain. However, a twice-exceptional (2e) student also has a challenge of some kind – this challenge may be officially identified as a disability or social emotional problem. Having a unique combination of formidable abilities and disabilities causes dissonance in traditional educational environments, leading to potential failure and emotional distress.

What we do

KLU’s work ensures that members of the 2e community have an opportunity to feel connected and active, which informs the diverse nature of the services they offer. KLU is the only organisation which supports 2e young people in Australia and is highly influential. With typical revenues in excess of $600K p.a., 25+ employees and an untapped pool of volunteers this is a not-for-profit organisation on the verge of rapid growth. The organisation offers a range of services across Australia with a head office in Beaumaris, Victoria. The transition to an online platform in 2020 has the potential to benefit all members of the 2e community, nationally.

The services provided by KLU include:

  • Mental Health support
  • Learning support
  • Learning enhancement
  • Peer support
  • Family and parent support
  • Educational advocacy
  • Community Engagement Programs
  • NDIS Disability Services

The last couple of years have been a time of substantial change for the organisation as it has sought to offer new services and optimise its business models for existing services.

The role

Your role will be to oversee the governance of the organisation and play a key role in ensuring that the organisation's strategy is clear, appropriate and effective. You will contribute to harmonious and effective Board relationships ensuring that the quality of discussion and decision-making is world-class. Building funding partners and stakeholder relationships are key to the success of the organisation and you will contribute to their management.

You will partner with the Chief Executive Officer to ensure the effective execution of strategy and to act as an effective mentor, sounding board and support.

You have substantial board experience, which may include act as a Chair or Deputy Chair. Your experience could be in any of a range of sectors, but you are committed to the mission of Kids Like Us and take a strong values-based approach to your work.

Time Commitment

KLU Board meetings are conducted monthly (virtually and in person) with sub-committee meetings held in between. In-person strategy sessions are held twice a year. The role of Chair requires a minimum commitment of approximately 5 hours /week.

This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of a unique sector of our community with a fascinating combination of opportunities and challenges. These young people, if supported, are the leaders, inventors and decision makers of our future.

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