General Assembly Member 2021

Australia|Pacific, Part time

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.

 

Selection Criteria

  • 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.

 

AGM

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 <company.secretary.au@greenpeace.org> or at:
Company Secretary
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
GPO Box 3307, Sydney NSW 2001
 
All applications are to be received by 5pm, 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.

 

 

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Please provide a brief statement of no more than 100 words about you, how you are committed to Greenpeace's vision and why you are applying to be a GA member. This statement will be included in a summary document for existing GPAP Board and GA members to consider when voting on your application at the GPAP Annual General Meeting.*
Please address the GA selection criteria outlined above (in no more than 500 words). This statement will be included in a summary document for existing GPAP Board and GA members to consider when voting on your application at the GPAP Annual General Meeting.*
Do you agree to promote the purpose of GPAP as outlined in its Constitution which is available at https://www.greenpeace.org.au/about/organisation/our-governance/our-constitution/?*
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Do you agree to accept the powers and obligations set out in this Constitution, including paying the Guarantee in article 12.1 ($5) if required?*
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Do you agree to pay the annual Membership fee as set by the board (currently $25 per annum)?*
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Do you agree to actively participate in decision making through general meetings and ballots?*
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Do you agree to provide oversight of the Company through general meetings, ballots, direct voting and committees?*
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Have you held a previous position with Greenpeace Australia Pacific, or any other Greenpeace office? If so, please outline the role and the dates you were engaged by Greenpeace.*
I understand to uphold the independence of Greenpeace I agree to disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with Greenpeace; on an ongoing basis if I am elected,*
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Please outline any office, property or circumstance you hold or have held which may reasonably conflict or inhibit, or be seen to conflict or inhibit, your ability to fulfil the duties expected of a Member. This includes, but is not limited to financial ties you may have with any governments or business that may be a target of GPAP campaigns. If you outline a potential conflict, please explain how you will manage it.*
Please declare any company directorships currently held:
Please disclose all current or past relationships between: 1. Yourself and Greenpeace; 2. Yourself and directors of Greenpeace; 3. Yourself and staff; and 4. Any term of office you have previously (or currently) served as a General Assembly member of Greenpeace (if applicable)
Please declare all current or past publicly elected positions held at the municipal, regional or national level:
Do you agree to abide by the General Assembly Code of Conduct? More information available at https://www.greenpeace.org.au/about/organisation/the-general-assembly/.*
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Do you agree to commit sufficient time to General Assembly work? Applicants to the General Assembly (GA) need to have sufficient time to contribute to the work of the GA (approximately 6-7 days per year). 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 (approximately 5 times per year). In 2020, all meetings were held virtually. Additional tasks may include participation in GPAP Board Committees, meeting preparation time, travel, and the accumulation of small parcels of time responding to emails, phone calls and other ad hoc tasks.*
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Would you be interested in joining the Board of Greenpeace at some stage in the future? Note: this is not guaranteed. There is a separate recruitment process which applies for Greenpeace board members. If you are interested in joining the GPAP board at the 2021 AGM you can apply at https://recruiterflow.com/greenpeaceaustraliapacific/jobs/77. The Nominations Committee will be recruiting board members with a very specific skill set in 2021 so please read the selection criteria before applying.
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