Position – Board Director
Section – Governance
Employment type – Voluntary, 3 year term

Interstate EOI’s considered

Organisation

Statewide Autistic Services (SASI) offers people with autism and other complex disabilities the education and support they need to live with dignity, respect and as independently as possible. The SASI active choices, recreation & adventure activities, supported independent living, in-home and community activities have been designed to meet the developmental wants and needs of our clients. SASI constantly monitors each person’s progress and provides evidence of this through regular feedback to families and carers. SASI staff are highly trained, skilled, committed and responsive to individual client and family needs. They have the knowledge to meet the needs of people at the extreme end of the autism spectrum. SASI has services in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including ten residential homes and active choices facilities in Gippsland ( Newborough and Moe) and Seaford. Our registered office is located in Seaford and we have a multi-purpose site in Mount Martha.

The Board

  • Meets regularly to monitor the performance of management and SASI as a whole.
  • Ensures there is an appropriate separation of duties and responsibilities between itself and the Chief Executive Officer. That no one person has unfettered powers of decision making.
  • Ensures that the independent views of Board members are given due consideration and weight.
  • Ensures that stakeholders are provided with an accurate and balanced view of SASI performance including both financial and service provision.
  • Regularly reviews its own performance as the basis for its own development and quality assurance.
  • Ensures meetings are fair and include full participation of all Board members.
  • Ensures that SASI assets are protected via a suitable risk management strategy.
  • Cultivates a sense of group responsibility with a close attention to achieving a high level of governance excellence.
  • Governs SASI through careful design and review of written policies that reflect the Board’s values, focusing on the long-term effects of these.
  • Does not allow any officer, individual or any committee of the Board to hinder or be an excuse for not fulfilling Board commitments

The Role

The SASI Director role is a voluntary position, with a small stipend. This position participates fully in all discussion and decision making as brought to the Board. May also participate on sub-committees to develop policy or direction at the discretion of the Board, Chair and or CEO.

Position Description

Key responsibilities

1. Act honestly and in good faith at all times in the interest of SASI and its stakeholders, ensuring that all stakeholders, particularly those who are recipients of services, are treated fairly according to their rights.
2. Carry out duties in a lawful manner and ensure that SASI carries out its business in accordance with the law and the terms of its constitution.
3. Avoid conflicts of interests in as far as this is possible. Act within the terms of the Board’s Conflict of Interests policy.
4. Diligently attend Board meetings and devote sufficient time to preparation for Board meetings to allow for full and appropriate participation in the Board’s decision making.
5. Observe the confidentiality of non-public information acquired by them in their role as Board members and not disclose to any other person such information.
6. Act in accordance with their fiduciary duties, complying with the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
7. Interact with the Board and SASI in a positive and constructive manner.
8. Be loyal and supportive to the Board, abiding by Board decisions once reached and not denigrate SASI or harms its public image.

Key requirements

1. In addition to the AGM, attend one SASI event annually.
2. Attend one or more industry specific or governance forums annually.

Key criteria

Essential
1. A valid Working with Children Check, National Police Check and NDIS check Knowledge and skills
2. Commitment and understanding of the organisations mission
3. Experience, qualification and understanding of corporate governance
4. High order people skills
5. Experience in not-for-profit, government or private sector organisations
6. M&A’s Legal, Disability Sector knowledge and/or ‘lived-experience’ of autism

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of, or experience in the property area

Are you ready to start your new career with SASI?

Do you have questions? Please contact us at Human.Resources@sasi.org.au.