NPA’s goal is to protect nature through community action. We pursue this by providing the community with outstanding opportunities to experience and learn about nature, while vigorously advocating for the protection of nature within NSW and beyond.

Our natural areas presently face many significant and unprecedented challenges – weakened land clearing laws, intensified native forest logging, alpine areas trampled by feral horses, a growing list of species headed for extinction, rivers in terminal decline, and many others besides. Responding effectively to these and other threats – and charting a positive way forward – depends on know-how, skills and leadership generously contributed by members.

We are now seeking persons who would like to get involved and make a difference over the coming 12 months. Volunteering for an NPA Executive position will be rewarded by the satisfaction of working as part of a community of like-minded people, and applying your knowledge and skills to problems that really matter.

Positions available

The following positions on the NPA Executive are filled each November:

  • President
  • Senior Vice-President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • General Executive members (4 positions).

Positions are elected by the NPA State Council. All positions are voluntary.

Overall role

Executive members play a key role in developing strategy. Working in conjunction with the Executive Officer, they are responsible for NPA’s annual business plan and budget, and managing all associated financial and operational affairs. Annual expenditure is approximately $1.2m.

Duties of Executive members

  1. To regularly attend and contribute to Executive and State Council meetings.
  2. To keep abreast of NPA affairs.
  3. To contribute to strategy by constructive planning, questioning and suggestion.
  4. To perform and maintain familiarity with relevant legal duties.
  5. To apply basic financial and accounting literacy.
  6. To apply any special skills that you bring to the position.
  7. To apply good interpersonal skills, including to work as a group, to communicate personal points of view, and to listen to and respect other points of view.

Duties of office-bearers

Office-bearers hold the following additional duties.

President

  • to chair general meetings, State Council meetings and Executive meetings
  • to supervise the Executive Officer
  • to represent the Association at public occasions and important meetings
  • to review significant media or other public statements
  • to oversee preparation of the Annual Report
  • to deal with urgent matters
  • to regularly report on the current state of the Association.

Senior Vice President and Vice President

  • to assist the President (including by chairing meetings in the absence of the President).

Secretary

  • to prepare agendas and notify relevant members of the time and place of general meetings, State Council meetings and Executive meetings
  • to ensure that accurate minutes are kept of proceedings at general meetings, State Council meetings and Executive meetings
  • to ensure that accurate registers are maintained in relation to the membership of the Association and of all appointments to positions
  • to act as the Public Officer
  • to keep the Chair informed of matters affecting the validity of meeting proceedings
  • to periodically report on matters relating to the proper governance of the Association.

Treasurer

  • to oversee the management of the Association’s financial affairs
  • to ensure that accurate financial accounts and records are kept
  • to monitor income, expenditure and cash flow, review financial reporting processes and develop suitable policies
  • to chair the Finance Committee,
  • to oversee preparation of the Annual Budget,
  • to regularly report on the current financial state of the Association
  • to liaise as necessary with the Auditor.

Essential requirements

  1. Current financial membership of NPA.
  2. Sufficient time to devote to your duties as an Executive member.

Skills & experience

Each Executive member acts as a sponsor for several projects or activities included in the business plan. This may involve taking a leadership role, acting as a mentor, or simply being a point of contact. Skills or experience in several of the following fields would be an advantage:

•   strategy, planning or policy development •   senior political or business relationships
•   environmental planning, policy or law •   human resource management
•   natural sciences or natural resource management •   audit or risk management
•   advocacy or campaigning •   board or management experience
•   member recruitment, engagement or facilitation •   fundraising or marketing
•   indigenous cultural affairs •   media, communications or publishing
•   Federal, State or local government •   nature-based recreation, education, citizen science
•   business, finance or accounting •   rural or non-metropolitan background.

Desirable qualities

A successful Executive member will display and exercise the following qualities:

  • personal integrity
  • collaborative approach
  • passion for nature
  • openness to fresh perspectives
  • ability to instil confidence and respect.

Prior working knowledge of NPA gained through involvement with a member group, branch committee or the State Council is highly desirable but by no means essential.

Attendance at Executive meetings

The Executive meets 8 times per year (approximately every 6 weeks) between February and early December, generally on Thursday evenings in Sydney. In-person attendance at meetings is preferred, although teleconference facilities are available if you live outside the Sydney Region. Costs incurred in attending meetings are at your own expense.

Attendance at State Council meetings

Executive members are also members of the NPA State Council. The State Council meets 3 times per year on weekends at various locations across NSW. Reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses is available.

Nomination process

  1. Download the information sheet and nomination form below.
  2. Complete the form and send it to the Returning Officer.
  3. Your nomination must be received by 4 pm on Monday 30 September 2019.

Election process

Candidates will be elected by ballot at the Annual Meeting of the State Council, to be held on 9 November 2019 at the Mortdale RSL Club, 25 Macquarie Place, Mortdale. You are encouraged to attend. The ballot will be conducted in accordance with the NPA Constitution and By-Laws.

Enquiries

If you think you might be interested in any of the positions, and would like to discuss what’s involved, please contact either:

 Anne Dickson 0419 249 934 or Ian Donovan 0490 667 400

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