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Board Director role - Treasurer

The Food Co-op Canberra

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The Canberra Food Co-operative is a community-run organisation that provides food for people, not for profit. We’ve been operating since 1976 and have always had a passion for providing low-waste, affordable, locally sourced, fair trade, organic and sustainable products to the community. And all in an environment that fosters participation, cooperation, diversity and fun!

The Treasurer is one of our core office bearer director positions on the board, along with the Chair and Secretary. At the heart of the role is the responsibility for checking that we are operating ‘in the black’. The Treasurer is also expected to contribute to Board decision-making more generally. There will be a substantial handover from the outgoing Treasurer and all of the major systems are in place for effective financial management. The incoming Treasurer will also receive a general Board member induction.

Role Title: Treasurer Role type: Volunteer Hours: 10 hours per month Commitment: 7 months (remainder of term) – with possibility of re-election Closing date: Position to be filled ASAP

Your application

Ensure you include with your application: A current resume; A cover letter, addressing the selection criteria (max 500 words total); *Contact details of two referees Note: please submit in PDF format


Attend monthly Board meetings Undertake monthly analysis and interpretation of the financial reports (prepared by the bookkeeper) and present this information in a Treasurer’s report one week in advance of monthly Board meetings. Prepare the annual budget and track revenue and expenditure against the budget Undertake regular analyses of co-op sales trends, allocation of revenue and expenditure by activity centres, long term financial outlooks etc. Act as the point of call with the ATO, ABR & other relevant legal obligations bodies alongside the Operations Manager Maintain oversight on the state of and access to Co-op funds and monitor liabilities, alongside the Operations Manager Determine the level of financial reserves needed and make contingency plans (e.g, budgetary implications of kitchen works, lockdowns etc) Prepare and present the Treasurer’s report at the Annual General Meeting

Selection Criteria

A professional background is highly desirable, including, but not limited to; taxation, accounting, finance, business, bookkeeping Commitment to the goals of the Food Co-op Excellent written, electronic, individual face to face and group communication skills Excellent time management Strong computer literacy Understanding of financial business strategies and relevant experience in handling business finances

Desirable Skills

Experience managing staff and volunteers Understanding of, and commitment to, cooperative structures, consensus decision-making and conflict resolution strategies *Understanding of, and commitment to, workplace health and safety