Deputy Chair and Directors, VITS LanguageLoop Board

VITS LanguageLoop | Public administration

Overview

Role length:
Sessional, Up to 4 years
Meetings:
Not specified, Not specified
Location:
Melbourne CBD, online or another location
Salary:
Sessional rates

About the board

Victorian Interpreting & Translating Service (VITS) LanguageLoop is a Victorian Government-owned language services provider and a state business corporation. With a 40-year history of service at the forefront of the delivery of high-quality interpreting and translation services, LanguageLoop offers a network of over 3,600 professional interpreters who speak over 190 languages. It aims to support and promote equal participation and access for people with limited English proficiency in all aspects of a diverse Australian society. LanguageLoop speaks and engages with customers in any language, any time, across any platform, to help businesses and government bodies connect with their customers and communities across boundaries and cultures.

VITS is governed by a Board of up to nine (9) Directors, including a Board Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, responsible to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

Led by the Board Chair, VITS' core mission is to facilitate communication to support equitable participation and access for people with limited English proficiency for all aspects of a diverse Australian society.

About the role

The Board of Directors, led by the Board Chair, govern the organisation and provide sound advice that drives the strategic direction and financial sustainability.  With a commitment to integrity, professionalism, and practice to support continuous improvement, responsibilities include shaping priorities, increasing engagement, governance and risk oversight, commercial strategic decisions, assessing the performance of the organisation and providing expert insight and advice through Board deliberations. Board Directors meet around a pre-set schedule of Board and Sub-committee meetings and are expected to undertake significant preparation. Importantly, the Board drives the strategic direction and financial sustainability of the service to promote an Australian society where intersecting forms of diversity are valued, and language is no barrier to full and equal participation for all.

With the Deputy Chair and two Board Directors concluding their term in April 2024, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is seeking to appoint three outstanding leaders to continue the important work of the VITS LanguageLoop Board in governing the organisation. Up to two Directors and a Deputy Chair are sought, with a diverse range of skills to ensure complementary skills and a broad range of views to inform the Board’s decision making.

Who we're looking for

Multilingual and with proven interest and knowledge of language services, education programs or similar in diverse cultural settings, you draw from experience in group settings such as Board or Committee roles. You demonstrate strategic, analytical and commercial acumen coupled with well-developed communication, governance, engagement and stakeholder management expertise.  Alignment with public sector values; maintaining impartiality and ensuring decisions and actions are made with integrity is critical.  Appreciation of public sector administration and governance in a human services and customer centric context is preferred. You help inform and steer groups as a participant in effective decision making in a respectful, collaborative manner. A clear and approachable communicator, you readily allow others to share their lived experience and specialist knowledge, while working proactively with all. You relish the opportunity to promote an Australian society where intersecting forms of diversity are valued, and language is no barrier to full and equal participation for all.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community. Applications are encouraged from people of all ages, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and from LGBTIQA+ people.

What you need to apply

For more information and requirements, see https://www.shk.com.au/vits-languageloop-board-deputy-chair-and-directors. You must address the headings required in your CV and complete the application form. Direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to SHK.

Please also see attached Candidate Information Pack.

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