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PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

The purpose of this Finance Trustee role is to lead the financial oversight, financial management and sustainability of the National Parks Conservation Trust

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

• Financial Advice: Understand the rules for financial governance, reporting and management, and advising the Management Committee.

• Financial Sustainability: Lead the process to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the Trust as an independent charity and support the fundraising objectives of the Trust.

• Financial Accounts: Overseeing the quarterly and annual financial accounts including Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow with the support of the volunteer bookkeeper.

• Prepare the quarterly Financial Report for the Management Committee

• Work closely with the Director Philanthropy and Partnerships on the fundraising strategy and tracking performance against project funding-raising targets.

• Present the annual Financial Statements to the Management Committee.

• Ensure the Trust’s financial reporting is within regulatory frameworks.

• Working closely with the EO on the annual budgeting process, presenting the Trust budget to the Management Committee for approval.

• Participate in fundraising initiatives of the Parks Trust.

• Authorise grant and other payments from the Trust’s Bank Account.

• Check and authorise annual BAS.

• Monitor and liaise with the Trust’s volunteer book-keeper.

• Manage the audit process with the Trust’s Auditor.

• Meetings:

Chair quarterly Finance and Governance Committee meetings - 4 times a year, usually three weeks ahead of Management Committee, 9.30-11am.

Attend Quarterly Management Committee meetings - 4 times a year 9.30am -2.30pm.

• Oversee the necessary accounting and auditing arrangements to meet DGR obligations.

• Ensure Trust financial records are compliant with, Corporations Act, ASIC requirements and ACNC requirements.

• Provide advice to the Management Committee on financial risk, investment, and other governance matters.

**SELECTION CRITERIA

Required**

• Accounting qualifications.

• At least 10 years’ experience (e.g. as a senior manager, director, partner, Chief Financial Officer, or Financial Controller) or 5 years’ experience + CA/CPA qualifications.

• Capability and willingness to oversee Trust’s financial management and sustainability.

• Relevant experience working with not-for-profit Boards

• Knowledge of corporate governance relevant to charities.

• Strategic business planning.

• Financial risk management.

• Qualify as a ‘responsible person’ for the purposes of the applicable not-for-profit laws.

• Competent in using online financial systems e.g. Xero.

• Project and grants management.

Desirable • Chartered Accountant or CPA or recent membership of either body.

• Experience as a non-executive director or have completed relevant training.

• Experience in the charitable sector and/or working at a senior level with an organisation that relies on philanthropic funding.

• Philanthropic contacts and connections.

Applicants who meet some, but not all of the selection criteria are still encouraged to apply.

Please note: this role is not remunerated however expenses for attendance at Trustee meetings will be covered.

For more details about this position, please contact; Chairperson - Rhondda Dickson [email protected] or Director Partnerships and Philanthropy - Cathy Bryson [email protected]

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION TRUST

The National Parks Conservation (Parks Trust) was established in 2018 as a registered charity with tax-deductible status. The Parks Trust is governed by an independent pro-bono Management Committee of Trustees (up to 8) and supported by a small staff team comprising an Executive Officer, Director of Philanthropy, and a Grants and Communications Officer. Our office is located in Canberra.

The Parks Trust engages with philanthropic, government and corporate organisations, as well as individual donors, who share our vision to raise funds in support of transformational projects to conserve Australia’s precious natural environment and traditional culture.

As the charity partner of Parks Australia, our projects are delivered in and around iconic Commonwealth national parks: Kakadu, Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa, Booderee, Christmas Island, Pulu Keeling and Norfolk Island National Parks; the Australian National Botanic Gardens; and 60 Marine Parks.

Our partnership with Parks Australia brings specialised on-ground knowledge, important connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and access to world-leading science and research.