Volunteer Board Positions Available

Scouts WA is seeking applications for two new Board Directors – 

  • Commencing in May and August 2023
  • Honorary Treasurer role commencing April 2023

Essential skills and experience

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in organisational governance at an executive or Board level, ideally in a large non-profit/charity.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience developing and/or executing Strategic Plans.
  • Must be able to commit time and effort to work with a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and Board towards achieving Scouts WA’s purpose:

To encourage the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens, and as members of their local, national and international communities.

Scouts WA achieves this as a member based, volunteer driven organisation supported by a dedicated team of skilled staff.  Scouts WA is a member Branch of Scouts Australia and by extension of the Worldwide Organisation of the Scout Movement. As a Western Australian Incorporated Association and registered charity, Scouts WA also operates social enterprises, with all surpluses directed to fulfilling Scouts WA’s purpose.

Scouts WA is finalising our 2023-2026 Strategic Plan. Key themes within this plan are: 

  • Embedding our Scouting Program, to develop and empower more young people through connection with Scouts
  • Fostering a Culture of Philanthropy, including increasing our social impact
  • Building better frameworks and structures to pursue delivery of consistently high quality services
  • Digital Transformation, using technology to make volunteering easier and increase our community impact
  • Expansion of our youth program opportunities, including in regional locations
  • Embedding our first Reconciliation Action Plan

Specific skill sets being sought to add to the Board during this recruitment round reflect the themes in this Strategic Plan.

Essential Criteria: 

Applicants must bring at least one of the following skills or experience to be considered for a Board Director position in Scouts WA:

  • Executive level leadership and staff management (ideally experienced in HR/People and Culture strategy) in commercial private or non-profit organisation.
  • Community service, stakeholder communication, negotiations, and strategic partnership development.
  • Philanthropy and fundraising experience and connections with major donors, and ability to use these connections to benefit Scouts WA’ cause.
  • Accounting, financial management, reporting and investment strategy qualifications, skills and experience.
  • Legal and/or commercial expertise, including contract negotiation.
  • Development and implementation of quality frameworks and evaluations including working with volunteers, community services, and other organisations that have Child Safe/safeguarding vulnerable people standards/policies
  • Have experience and a strong understanding of ISO9001 standards.

Scouts WA is committed to child safety, and safeguarding for all people at risk.  We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment, including WWCC and NPC. Scouts WA will not accept applicants who have been disqualified from Directorship roles, in alignment with the Incorporated Association Act, and ACNC standards.


  • Lived experience or working with disability services or a person with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, or experience working with Aboriginal organisations.
  • Government and political networks / knowledge.
  • Working knowledge of or personal experience in Scouting.


This is a volunteer position, which generally requires 8-10 hours per month. We also encourage all Board Directors to lead by example and be involved in Scouts WA programs through volunteering and attending events.

Personal Qualities of the ideal Scouts WA Honorary Treasurer

An experienced accountant (CA or CPA desirable) with oversight of financial policy, strategy, and investment portfolios. A reliable Treasurer who is able to work with the Board and lead the Finance & Investment Committee towards long term goals, whilst applying analytical thinking and supporting change management processes.

Must be willing to work as part of a team, be a good communicator and be able to work with a diverse range of stakeholders to assist leading an organisation that combines a strong focus on community development with a strong business model, to be a leading youth charity in WA.  Able to work with a diverse team of staff and volunteers, as leader of a growing, purpose-driven organisation, with a rich history, and a future focused, change agenda.

For a copy of the Board Director Position Description, please send current Resume and cover letter to: Rachel via Rachel.Ryan@scoutswa.com.au. Please contact Rachel if you would like to organise a conversation regarding the Board role, prior to submitting an application.

Please note in your application cover letter if you are applying for a Board role or the Treasurer position.

Roles commencing April or August 2023.

Closing date 6pm Monday 20 March.

For an accessible version of Board Director Position Description, please contact Rachel.Ryan@scoutswa.com.au.