Working for Ardoch

The Ardoch team is committed to improving educational outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities. Our professional team members fill roles across program delivery, volunteer management, fundraising and engagement, finance, administration and operations.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Board Members (voluntary)

Are you passionate about children’s education and realising potential?

Are you looking to make a difference to an organisation that receives 90 percent of its funding through fundraising efforts?

Do you want to add to the strategic capability of an organisation that provides several programs through volunteers to children in disadvantaged communities?

Are you able to commit to up to 10 monthly board or other committee meetings a year and have a willingness to show your deep support to an organisation by participating in selected fundraising or marketing events, making relevant introduction or through regular giving?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above we would love to hear from you.

If you fit one of the below two profiles, your application will be highly desirable to Ardoch at this time.

  • Strategic fundraising experience
  • Extensive educational experience (operational and/or teaching) in either the government, catholic or independent sectors, especially in schools in disadvantaged communities

In addition, applicants with relevant experience from New South Wales and/or regional Victoria and/or culturally and linguistically diverse communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Ardoch:

Ardoch is a children’s education charity that provides educational support programs for children living in disadvantaged communities. We believe that every child’s potential should be realised through full participation in education This belief inspires us to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes of children in disadvantaged communities.

Our vision is to be Australia’s most impactful education partner supporting children in disadvantaged communities.

We are seeking a forward-thinking and motivated individual with strategic fundraising experience and capability to join our board to complement the experience, skills and networks of existing board members.

This is a voluntary board position.

Your experience will allow you to:

  • play a key role in increasing board education and insights on issues and support the Board and CEO to ‘ask the right questions’,
  • provide advice and guidance on the development and execution of strategy as required, including board involvement, and
  • support the leadership team, as needed, to build new networks and connections through relevant introductions as appropriate.

Key Responsibilities

All Ardoch Directors have the following responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that they perform the duties and responsibilities of a director with due care and diligence in compliance with all applicable laws, the cconstitution and any specific delegations or policies approved by the Board
  • Ensuring Ardoch remains aligned with its vision, mission and strategic and financial objectives and delivers programs and projects in line with those aims
  • Contributing to the achievement of Ardoch’s strategic plan by supporting and/or overseeing implementation of agreed strategic initiatives
  • Participating in various fundraising and marketing events and activities and/or making introductions to relevant networks to enhance Ardoch’s ability to continue to deliver on its operating plans
  • Attending monthly (up to 10 per year) board /committee meetings regularly as well as any additional meetings, such as committee meetings, planning sessions or working group meetings, and following up on commitments made in a timely manner
  • Monitoring Ardoch’s organisational and financial performance and execution against the approved annual operational plan and budget
  • Maintaining and enhancing Ardoch’s public reputation as a corporate entity by personally being a role model for ethical and professional conduct and monitoring Ardoch’s organisational behaviour


  • Understanding of and commitment to Ardoch philosophy and work
  • Understanding of community development and especially disadvantage and poverty
  • Have skills and experience relevant to one or more of the profiles listed in the advertisement
  • An appreciation of the challenges of smaller not-for-profit organisations whose funding sources are non-government
  • Demonstrated relationship management skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Dynamic personality with the ability to think clearly, originally and laterally, and
  • Willingness to bring a genuine spirit of inquiry to issues, a preparedness to challenge the status quo, and the courage to be a catalyst for change within the Board

As Ardoch is a child-safe organisation the successful candidate will be required to obtain satisfactory police and Working with Children checks.

Further information:

For initial further information please contact Kylee Bates, Chief Executive Officer on 0448 888 423 or at

Applications close:

Please send a short cover letter outlining your interest and a summary of your experience to with the subject line “EOI Board” by 13th April 2021 (interviews are expected to take place late April following review of applications by the Nominations Committee).


In addition to helping every child realise their potential through full participation in education, there are many benefits to becoming part of the Ardoch Team.


Gifted leave

Ardoch offers generous ‘gifted leave’ provisions for employees each year, designating five days a year adjacent to public holidays as additional leave entitlements. This aims to positively contribute to employee wellbeing by providing extended mini-breaks throughout the year.

Flexible work

Ardoch has a flexible work policy that aims to assist employees to balance and integrate their work responsibilities with other facets of their lives, while ensuring that the organisation as a whole is able to deliver on our strategic priorities and operational requirements. Flexibility options include variations to hours, part-time employment and opportunities to work from home or remotely.

Professional development

Ardoch places significant value on professional development and on-the-job learning and we prioritise these opportunities for our team.  We have developed a Leadership Capability Framework which is focused on growing eight key capabilities through our approach to learning, recruitment, performance management and development. These key capabilities are:

  • Business Acumen
  • Collaboration
  • Curiosity
  • Drive for Results
  • Project Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Stakeholder Centricity
  • Strategic Thinking

Ardoch is an equal opportunity employer and a child safe organisation.