Board Director x 2 (Voluntary) - Treasurer and General Member

About Better Renting

Now in its third year, Better Renting has campaigned successfully to make rental laws fairer and is well on the way to growing a community of renters who are empowered to defend and extend their rights. Better Renting has also embarked on a journey to change our cultural narrative around renting.

Better Renting is an independent not-for-profit organisation focused on rental rights issues in Australia. We are building a community of renters working together for stable, affordable, and healthy homes.

We emphasise the importance of stable, healthy and affordable homes, both by sharing stories of renters’ daily experiences and uncovering the injustices renters face in Australia through research. Our work is underpinned by the belief that renters are denied the rights and protections of homeowners and all Australians deserve a home – regardless of whether we own it or not – that keeps us healthy.

About the roles

Our Board plays a crucial governance role for the organisation and is currently expanding to comprise up to eight volunteer non-Executive Directors and one Executive Director. We are currently seeking to fill two Board positions: Treasurer and General Member. More information on both roles is below.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, people with disability & LGBTIQ+ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Treasurer

We are looking for a committed and experienced finance or accounting professional to join our Board of Directors as Treasurer in a voluntary position. The Treasurer is responsible for financial administration and reporting, and for advising the Board on financial strategy and risk. As a member of the Board, the Treasurer will also be expected to contribute to the broader strategic direction and oversight of Better Renting.

Outside of Board meeting participation,it is expected that the Treasurer will need to commit four hours per week to supporting Better Renting.

We are looking for someone with:

  • A strong familiarity with non-for-profit finances and accounting, including the ability to interpret financial reports, oversee budgets and financial reporting to a board
  • An ability to oversee financial strategy development and management, including demonstrated experience in maintaining healthy organisational financial status and sustainability
  • An ability to maintain oversight of good financial and risk management practices and the implementation of these to satisfy internal and external requirements
  • A commitment to and understanding of good governance and/or previous experience on a board or management committee
  • A bold vision of rental justice, and
  • A supportive and collaborative mindset.

General Member

Better Renting is seeking an individual with fundraising and/or organisational growth experience to join our Board of Directors as a General Board Member in a voluntary position. The General Board Member will also be responsible for contributing to the broader strategic direction and oversight of Better Renting.

Outside of Board meeting participation, it is expected that the General Board Member will need to commit one hour per week to supporting Better Renting.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Skills and interest in organisational fundraising and growth, strategy and governance.
  • A commitment to and understanding of good governance and/or previous experience on a board or management committee
  • A bold and radical vision of rental justice.
  • A supportive and collaborative mindset.
  • Capacity to undertake four hours of work per month to support the work of the organisation.

Key responsibilities

Commitment required

Better Renting Directors serve a two-year term with eligibility for reappointment.

The Board currently meets bi-monthly by video conference on Tuesday evenings and face to face approximately once a year on a weekend (travel provided). 

There is no requirement to be located in any specific location as Better Renting is a national organisation with Directors from across the country.

How to express interest

To express interest in joining the Better Renting Board, please provide a short cover letter briefly explaining your interest in the role and relevant experience, along with a copy of your CV, addressed to chair@betterrenting.org.au, using the subject line: Board Director x 2 (voluntary) enquiry via Better Renting.

Applications close at 11pm on Thursday 12 November.