Board position Board Trustee
We currently have two vacancies on our team of Board Trustees.
We are a thriving food rescue organisation in the lower North Island. From our foundation over ten years ago as New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation, Kaibosh has grown to be an organisation that rescues over 28,000 kilos of good quality surplus food every single month. That’s equivalent to 80,000 meals for those in our community who are struggling or vulnerable.
We have a simple vision – “zero food poverty, zero food waste”, and we work hard to deliver our mission of being the link between the food industry and those that support people in need. We do this through our dedicated operational team and an army of willing volunteers to sort food, operating out of two (soon to be three) bases across the Wellington Region. Behind this work of rescuing and sorting food sits a network of relationships – with food donors, recipient community organisations, funders, donors and all manner of local supporters. Growing this relationship base is essential to us in growing the impact of the work we do.
From our origins in Wellington City, Kaibosh extended into the Hutt Valley three years ago, and is about to make another further extension to the Kaipiti Coast. Premises, staffing and funding have been secured and we are set to go.
As we move into this new phase in our growth, we are looking for new Trustees to join us on this next stage of our journey. We are principally interested in Trustees based in, or with close connections to, the Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast, to reflect our growing regional footprint. We are particularly looking for those who can extend our relationships and raise our profile – with the food industry (producers/retailers), with community groups and mana whenua, with potential donors and/or with influential supporters.
We are a positive and hands on Board. Whilst we have a full team who run the day to day operations of the organisation, Board members are expected to use their skills and contacts to further the vision and mission of Kaibosh between board sessions (4 times per year, with two half day strategy sessions). Competencies that we expect of all our Trustees are:
Leadership: Trustees must be able to demonstrate leadership skills, both in directing the organisation and to stakeholders.
Strategic thinking: Trustees must have the ability to think strategically and consider the wider perspective of issues. They must be able to distinguish between governance and operational matters.
Commitment to excellence: Trustees must have a commitment to excellence, both personally and for the organisation as a whole.
Commitment and adding value: Trustees must be interested inworking to alleviate food poverty and decrease food waste, and be able to commit the time and effort required to effectively carry out their role as a Board member. The Board should strive to add value to the organisation in terms of strategic direction and through its decision-making processes, as well as through the skills and networks that its individual members bring.
Decision-making: Trustees must have the ability to consider and make decisions which benefit the organisation. They must demonstrate good judgement, common sense and independence of thought, allowing for a wide perspective on issues.
Honesty and integrity: Trustees must be able to demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times. This includes being non-negotiable in their personal values.
Interpersonal and communication skills: Trustees must have good interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact and communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Organisational awareness: Trustees must have knowledge of the organisation, its structure, and the issues which are important to staff, volunteers, food donors, food recipients, and other stakeholders.
Financial understanding: Trustees must understand financial matters and their implications for the organisation
How to Apply
If you are interested, please send us your CV to [email protected] and, most importantly, a cover letter telling us what you think you can bring to Kaibosh. We’d love to hear from you.
Applications will close at 5pm on Friday the 20th of March.
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