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Chairperson and Board Members needed at Youthline Central South Island

Wednesday, September 13, 2017   Posted in: Vacancies By: Administrator With tags: vacancies, volunteers, young people, support, services

YouthLine: Changing lives.The Trust Board is the legal authority for Youthline Central South Island, and they looking for board members and a chairperson.

Contact Sue Woods for more information on this positions ([at]

Information for prospective Youthline Board Members

As a member of the Board, a Trustee acts in a position of Trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organisation.

Board Members are accountable to the Board, members of the Trust, consumers of the service, funders and the wider community.

The Board are looking for people who possess:

  • honesty and reliability, is trustworthy and conscientious
  • sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views
  • a friendly, responsive, and patient approach
  • community-building skills
  • personal integrity
  • a developed sense of values
  • a sense of humour
  • the ability to listen, analyse and think clearly and creatively
  • the ability to work well with people individually and in a group
  • knowledge of the organisation, its goals and direction
  • a willingness to prepare for and attend all meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on agreed action points.
  • a willingness to develop new skills such as to: cultivate and solicit funds, cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the program area of the organisation.

The average time commitment per month is 7 hours: 3 hours for monthly Board meetings and preparation and 4 hours for Sub-Committee meetings and other tasks.

Information for a prospective Youthline Board Chairperson

The Chairperson provides leadership to, and maximises the skills and contributions of the Board by ensuring that the Board and its members: are aware of and fulfil their governance responsibilities; comply with the organisation’s bylaws and constitution; conduct board business effectively and efficiently; and are accountable for their performance. The chairperson delegates tasks and responsibilities appropriately to Board committees and employees and oversees the effective management of the organisation.

The Board are looking for someone who is reliable, trustworthy, punctual and conscientious, and possesses:

  • A sound knowledge of the organisation, its goals and direction
  • An understanding of the rules/constitution of the organisation
  • Knowledge of New Zealand Employment, Human Rights and Health and Safety Legislation.
  • An understanding of strategic planning and organisational budgets.
  • An understanding of the rules for running a meeting and an awareness of the cultural needs of the Board
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • The ability to work with a diverse range of people
  • The ability to handle conflict situations
  • Excellent team work skills
  • The ability to delegate responsibility
  • Excellent organisational skills

The average time commitment per month is 14 hours: 6 hours for monthly Board meetings and preparation; and 8 hours for other meetings and general tasks.

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