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Volunteer Position Available – Inclusion and Diversity Manager

GIRL GUIDES VICTORIA  

Girl Guides Victoria (GGV) is part of the worldwide Movement of more than 10 million Girl Guides and Girl  Scouts operating in over 150 countries, and through Girl Guides Australia (GGA) is a member of the World  Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).  

Girl Guides is a progressive, non-political volunteer led organisation that supports girls, young women and  women to develop into and continue to be confident, self-respecting and responsible community members  by providing values-based, flexible and dynamic, non-formal educational programs and opportunities.  

Girl Guides embraces girls and women from diverse backgrounds, cultures, socio-economic groups and  geographical areas, and provides a supportive environment within which each individual can extend  personal boundaries and be the best they can be. Organisational leadership at all levels is provided by  talented, skilled and open-minded curious women.  

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY MANAGER ROLE  

The Inclusion and Diversity Manager is a key volunteer role and is supported by the Inclusion and Diversity  Committee/Team. She acts as the voice and advocate for inclusion and diversity across youth and  adult members within GGV.  

The key purpose of the Inclusion and Diversity Manager role is to encourage the required processes,  infrastructure and culture to be in place to ensure all GGV members are welcomed and included as part of  Guiding in Victoria. All GGV members are encouraged to challenge themselves with curiosity and adventure, engage with their local community, and continuously work on their self-development.  

The role of the Inclusion and Diversity Manager primarily consists of:  

  • Inclusion and Diversity Committee/Team Chair: Chair the Inclusion and Diversity State Committee/ Team whose primary function is to support the Inclusion and Diversity initiatives across the state, and ensure sub-committees/working groups are put in place as required. 
  • Develop Volunteers: Develop the skills, abilities and resources of the GGV Leaders and Volunteers across the state to create an environment where Inclusion and Diversity is actively considered and  

supported across Guiding activities at a District, Region, State, National and/or International  Level.  

  • Self-Development: Develop her own leadership approach, style and skills by participating in the State  Team forum and other relevant Inclusion and Diversity leadership forums (potentially community based). Regard the WAGGGS approach to leadership. Strive to be and do your best.  

The Inclusion and Diversity Manager will have a number of support structures in place including: 

  • Mentor: A mentor, appointed in consultation with the Inclusion and Diversity Manager by the State Commissioner, to provide support throughout time in the role in agreed areas of skill development,  and to act as a sounding board. 
  • Inclusion and Diversity Committee/Team: An Inclusion and Diversity Committee/Team, who can  assist to champion the areas of inclusion and diversity across all aspects of Guiding in GGV  and, where possible, across GGA. 
  • State Team Members: All members of the State Team including other Volunteer Managers (across Program, Learning and Development, International, Outdoor, etc.); Regional Managers; Assistant State Commissioners; and other women who form part of the State Team from time to time. You are encouraged to communicate regularly and collaborate with all members of the State Team.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Working with a Committee 

The Inclusion and Diversity Manager will work with the Inclusion and Diversity Committee/Team and shape and/or build the Committee/Team through her term as required. 

  1. Inclusion and Diversity Initiative Development 

After reviewing the current scope of inclusion and diversity activities in place across GGV, the next step is to start identifying priorities for the next two to three years including a plan for inclusion and diversity activities and improved membership growth. Some state-based travel may be required. 

  1. Collaboration with GGA 

The Inclusion and Diversity Manager will work with the appropriate individuals/committees /working groups to keep in touch with the latest updates from GGA. Meetings are arranged as required either in person, or voice and video conferences etc., noting that some interstate may be required. 

  1. State Team Cooperation 

All roles that make up the State Team work collaboratively as one team with the Office Team to create a  seamless experience for the Girl Guides, Olaves, Leaders, and Volunteers. The Inclusion and Diversity  Manager will champion curiosity, new ideas, and problem solving using the approached of inclusion and  diversity to establish the highest levels of participation in the broader GGV community. 

  1. Innovation and Communication 

Innovate and communicate with curiosity about what is possible to support and grow our membership through inclusion and diversity initiatives across Guiding in Victoria and Australia. 

To communicate with the wider Guiding community about the inclusion and diversity agenda, the Inclusion and Diversity Manager will work with GGV Communications Officer and other staff members as appropriate to ensure all aspects of communications and initiatives are managed in the most effective way possible. 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA 

Essential Skills 

  • Being yourself and bringing a real sense of curiosity, fun and adventure to every element of this senior leadership role within GGV. 
  • The ability to advocate and influence the decisions made within GGV, in particular the State Team  forum, that promote and benefit all through inclusion and diversity. 
  • An aspiration to work across boundaries collaboratively with all who make up the Guiding community  within GGV and across GGA. 
  • An alignment to creating an environment in Guiding that is inclusive and diverse, and a clear vision  of why leading this would be aligned to your personal interests and development goals. An ability to be self-motivated to lead and inspire a team where: 
  • Individuals on the team work with autonomy; and, 
  • Working group/sub-committees are developed to provide project based volunteering opportunities to achieve deliver initiatives and achieve agreed outcomes. 
  • An ability to be self-motivated to shape and evolve the various activities and plans which will assist  with the operation of the inclusion and diversity initiatives covering the following areas: • Team/Volunteer resources; 
  • Inclusion and diversity initiative delivery; 
  • Financial arrangements; and, 
  • Project plans (thinking beyond the initial two-year term into three-year plans).  

Additional Information 

  • It would be ideal for the Inclusion and Diversity Manager to commit to a two to three-year term (with an initial review at the end of the first six-months) on the basis that GGV is about to embark  on a significant period of transformation and change. This is an exciting time to be part of GGV’s history. 

Development of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee/Team to ensure that individuals within the team over, and that new members are added in a systematic, continuous way rather than have the  whole team roll over simultaneously.

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