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DCSS Australia, seeks to appoint (an independent) non-executive director. This role is vacant due to a retirement.

The role requires attending approximately 10 board meetings and serving on at least one board committee per year.

The role may require attendance in monthly conference calls for management/financial reporting and general compliance issues.

Competencies and skills (role related) Knowledge of a director’s responsibilities – includes an understanding of the role as well as the legal, ethical, fiduciary and financial responsibilities;

Strategic expertise – the ability to review the strategy through constructive questioning and suggestion and contribute to the effective decision making of the board;

Accounting and finance – the ability to read and comprehend the company’s accounts, financial material presented to the board, financial reporting requirements and some understanding of corporate finance;

Legal – the board’s responsibility involves overseeing compliance with numerous laws as well as understanding the individual director’s legal duties and responsibilities

Risk Management – experience in managing areas of major risk management to the organisation; Managing people and achieving change – experience in current management thinking on employment, branding, engagement, strategic vision and stakeholder communication; experience in executive remuneration and compensation;

Industry knowledge – experience in similar organisations or industries.

Competencies (personal attributes)

Integrity – fulfilling a director’s duties and responsibilities, acting ethically, appropriate independence, putting the organisation’s interests before personal interests;

Collaborative yet curious and courageous – a director must be able to function as an effective team member but also must have the curiosity to ask questions and the courage to persist in robust discussions with management and fellow board members where required;

Emotional intelligence – as well as self-awareness and self-management, a director needs to demonstrate empathy manifested through strong interpersonal skills.

A director must work well in a group, listen well, be tactful yet able to communicate in a cogent and candid viewpoint;

Commercial judgement and instinct – a director needs to demonstrate good business instinct and acumen, and be able to assimilate and synthesise complex information;

Active contribution - a director needs to be an active contributor with genuine interest in the company and its business.