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Associate Board Member


Tearfund is looking for a Young Adult to serve on our Board

  • Two vacancies exist to join Tearfund’s Board as an Associate Board member (ABM) – a role created specifically to provide young adults (aged 20-24) with a learning opportunity to gain an understanding of how a not-for-profit Board functions and the part governance plays for a Christian aid and development agency.
  • We are seeking young adults who are passionate about Tearfund’s mission, values and beliefs.

The Tearfund Australia Board has a great opportunity for young people to participate and contribute to our governance work through the existence of our Associate Board Member program. This program is targeted at people between the ages of 20-24 who are interested in Tearfund’s mission and also in learning more about the governance of Christian ministries. It is both an amazing learning opportunity – and also a chance for our Board to hear from the voice/perspective of younger generations (making for richer discussions). We are always keen to consider how appointments may increase the diversity of our Board - particularly in regard to cultural and ethnic diversity and possibly from diaspora communities or first people groups – but applications are open to everyone.

About Tearfund

Tearfund is a Christian development, relief and advocacy organisation responding to global poverty and injustice. We work in partnership with local Christian agencies to end poverty, challenge inequality and build sustainable communities. We go where the need is greatest, acting with courage to tackle injustice so that all may experience fullness of life.

To volunteer with Tearfund is an opportunity to live out your vocation; a space where your faith, passion for justice and skills intersect. As part of the Tearfund Board, you are part of a movement which works toward a just and compassionate world in which all people can achieve their God-given potential.

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About the Role

What you will gain from this experience…

  • An understanding of governance, particularly for a Christian international development NGO.
  • An opportunity to meet and learn from experienced people on the Board and staff who bring a wealth of knowledge, insight, learning and understanding with them, including being assigned a Board mentor.
  • A deeper understanding of Tearfund's approach to mission, development and discipleship including theological engagement on biblically shaped responses to poverty and injustice.
  • A better understanding of strategic planning and financial reporting.
  • An understanding of key issues and emerging trends in the international aid and development sector.
  • The opportunity to improve communication skills and analytical thinking through personal contributions and interactions in Board contexts.
  • The opportunity to participate in relevant Board and governance training.

What this two-year term will require…

  • Active engagement and ongoing commitment of time to prepare for and participate in Board and subcommittee meetings (nine meetings per year which are normally nights and weekends, split between in-person and virtual meetings).
  • Alignment and commitment with Tearfund’s mission, vision and values.
  • Some travel to attend in-person meetings (Melbourne National Office)—Tearfund covers the cost of travel.

Is this you? To be successful in this volunteer role, you will be:

  • Committed to meet with God regularly through Bible study and prayer;
  • Already interested in, or involved with, Tearfund or similar organisations;
  • Interested in community development, advocacy, community education or other fields relevant to Tearfund’s work;
  • Able to dedicate significant time and energy to actively engage with the reading materials and meetings;
  • Able to think strategically and analytically about issues;
  • Able to communicate your ideas clearly;
  • Not related to or close personal friends with Tearfund staff (or have any other significant conflicts of interest);
  • Connected to your formal and informal Christian networks;
  • Aged between 20 – 24 inclusive, at time of appointment;
  • Infectious in your passions and convictions; and
  • Keen to engage others in the mission of Tearfund.

Tearfund Australia seeks to be a diverse and inclusive environment, in which people of different backgrounds, genders and ages work together. We are committed to be an equal opportunity organisation and aspire to create an inclusive Board and are particularly keen for this unique Board position to help increase the diversity of Tearfund’s Board. Please contact Tearfund if you have any questions about additional support that can be offered to assist you with this role.

Download the Associate Board Member Information Pack

Information pack

Closing date

Applications are currently open, closing on Friday 12 January 2024.

How to apply

Please refer to our Associate Board Member information pack for full criteria of the role and application details.


To learn more or if you have any questions about the role please contact Karen Quast at [email protected] or 03 9264 7000.

Tearfund Australia’s volunteer recruitment and selection procedures and checks reflect our commitment to the well-being and protection of children and vulnerable adults. Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-appointment screening, including Police and/or Working With Children checks, and interview.

Tearfund Australia collects and retains the information you provide us through your application for use in connection with Board recruitment activities. We manage information provided to us in line with Australian Privacy Principles. Our Privacy policy contains further information on how we deal with your personal information and how to contact us if you have queries about this.

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