General Assembly Member 2021
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited (GPAP) is an independent campaigning organisation that uses many tools, including non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. GPAP is committed to excellence in governance and therefore seeks suitability qualified individuals to join the General Assembly (GA) who can contribute to the overall success of the organisation. At GPAP, we are dedicated to upholding our values, mission and purpose as we work to project a compelling vision of an earth capable of nurturing life in all of its magnificent diversity and to use our strengths to bring down the vested interests of the fossil fuel order that stand in the way.
Our core values
- Independence: We do not accept money from governments, corporations or political parties because it would compromise our core values.
- Bearing witness: Our peaceful protests work to raise awareness and bring public opinion to bear on decision-makers.
- Non-violent direct action: We strongly believe that violence in any form is morally wrong and accomplishes nothing. Greenpeace takes non-violent direct action at the point of an environmental crime to expose an environmental problem.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s (GPAP) head office is based in Sydney. It has an annual turnover of approximately $18 million (YE 2019). For more information about Greenpeace Australia Pacific (GPAP), go to https://www.greenpeace.org.au.
Key responsibilities of the General Assembly
General Assembly members are the voting members of the organisation who participate in oversight of the organisation through the Annual General Meeting, any extraordinary general meetings or postal ballots. They are elected for a four (4) year term. General Assembly members do not participate in the day to day operations or decision making. However, they can exercise their power via a vote at the Annual General Meeting on important decisions that affect the direction of the organisation.
The main responsibilities of the General Assembly are:
- election of the Board members;
- high level supervision of the Board's performance;
- acceptance of the Annual Report of GPAP; and
- appointment of the external auditor.
Some members of the General Assembly will also be selected to contribute to GPAP by joining a Board Subcommittee, such as the Nominations Committee, Finance & Audit Committee or Conciliation Committee. It is a requirement for Board members to be members of the Greenpeace General Assembly, so those with a future interest in joining the Board of GPAP are strongly encouraged to join the General Assembly in the first instance to build knowledge of the organisation.
- Understanding of the General Assembly (mandatory) – Knowledge of the responsibilities and rights of members, and their role in meetings and committees, as outlined in GPAP's Constitution, available at https://www.greenpeace.org.au/about/organisation/our-governance/our-constitution/.
- Strategic Understanding (mandatory) - Ability to ask strategic questions and contribute to effective decision-making by the General Assembly.
- Financial capability (mandatory) - Ability to understand the company's accounts and other financial material presented to the General Assembly.
- Legal and Risk (mandatory) - Basic knowledge of the legal, ethical and fiduciary duties of directors, legal compliance requirements of GPAP and/or risk management.
- Integrity and Independence (mandatory) – Acts with personal integrity, puts the interests of the organisation before personal interests and engages in robust questioning and discussion.
The GA meets once (1) per year for the GPAP Annual General Meeting and the board provide a GA update shortly after every Board meeting. In 2020, GPAP's AGM was conducted virtually. Applicants to the General Assembly (GA) need to be able to have sufficient time to contribute to the work of the GA (approximately 6 days per year).
How to apply
Candidates should make their submission via the below Recruiterflow form. Please upload an abbreviated resume (2 pages max) in PDF format. If this poses an accessibility issue please contact GPAP's Company Secretary at <[email protected]> or at:
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
GPO Box 3307, Sydney NSW 2001
All applications are to be received by 5 pm, Tuesday 9th of March 2021. Upon assessment of applications, the GPAP Nominations Committee will seek to recommend suitable candidates to the GPAP Board and GA. A recruitment decision will be made by vote of the current General Assembly at the GPAP Annual General Meeting, scheduled for 29 May 2021.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific is an equal opportunity employer and promotes an environment that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions of all people. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and Indigenous peoples from the pacific, people with disability, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this role.