Posted on Tuesday 21st May, 2024

How can you help MSA

Masters Swimming Australia (MSA) is seeking nominations to fill two roles on the Board, being:

  • Finance Director (term expiry April 2026)
  • Director (new role, term expiry April 2025)

Nominations for both roles close on Friday 5 July 2024

Please note these are Volunteer Positions.

The Board is responsible for managing the affairs of MSA. Following the recent adoption by members of a new Constitution and by-laws, and implementation of a new Strategic Plan, the role of the Board is evolving and this is an exciting time to join the national organisation. The Board will also shortly begin the recruitment process to appoint a new General Manager, and the new Directors will be integral to this process.

The Board meets every six weeks, or as required. Meetings are usually held online but occasional planned travel may be required. In 2024 the Board adopted a Board Charter and a Code of Conduct for Directors; prospective candidates are encouraged to review these documents as part of their consideration and application. Further, Directors are required to complete the free, online Start Line Directors course offered by the Australian Sports Commission. Other MSA policies, annual reports and documentation can be found on the website.

The new Constitution provides for the election of six Directors (increased from the current five); expressions of interest are sought from individuals who wish to be considered for this casual vacancy (term expires at the Annual General Meeting to be held in April/May 2025, with the person eligible to seek re-election). Candidates with experience in one (or more) of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Media and public relations
  • Membership, including acquisition and retention
  • Corporate strategy
  • Marketing
  • Sponsorship and partnerships

About the roles:

A Director assists the Board in the delivery of its duties, providing strategic oversight and support to management. Directors collectively work for the betterment of MSA and must always act in the best interests of the organisation, even where it may be in conflict with the interests of the individual Director’s state or club.

Each Director will also ‘shadow’ the work of a national committee; by agreement, the Directors shall determine which committee they shall support, and in so doing provide a conduit between the work of the committee and the Board. Committees are to meet virtually at least quarterly.

The Finance Director will be required to liaise closely with the MSA National Office and Swimming Australia to prepare reports, approve payments and manage MSA’s financial affairs. This is a hands-on role, working closely with staff to ensure MSA is compliant with its various obligations under legislation, to good corporate governance and the wider membership. A fuller position description is available upon request.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to nominate and serve as a Director, you must:

  • Be a member of MSA, and
  • Not be a member of staff of MSA or an MSA member organisation, and
  • Not be a Director or member of the executive of a member organisation, and
  • (for the Finance Director position) Hold a relevant professional accreditation.

As there are already two Directors on the Board from New South Wales, and in accordance with Clause 65(c) of the new Constitution, members resident in New South Wales are ineligible to be considered for these vacancies.

Application process:

To be considered for the vacant roles, applicants are requested to:

  • Complete the below nomination form,
  • Attach a copy of their CV/resume, and a photograph, and
  • Answer the five questions, and
  • Seek the endorsement of their state/territory member body.

Please email nominations to admin@mastersswimming.org.au

 

In accordance with the Constitution and the by-laws, the Board will meet following the close of nominations and select suitable candidates for the roles.