Closing Date

Monday, 23 September

Role type

Part time


North Sydney

Apply your commitment to improving lives through education and inclusion by leading an organisation dedicated to continuing the work of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop

  • Use your strong senior experience in education to help transform lives
  • Join an engaged and transformational Board
  • Leverage your respect for the Sisters of Saint Joseph & Catholic values

About the organisation

Organisation type: PBI
Annual operating budget: $6 million

Board size: 7-9 Directors
Board meeting frequency: 6 times per year in North Sydney

Mary MacKillop Today was formed when Mary MacKillop International, the Mary MacKillop Foundation and the Josephite Foundation merged, in July 2018. Mary MacKillop Today is committed to continuing the works of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, with the utmost respect for their history and achievements, and in the spirit of Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop.

About the role

Remuneration: Expenses
Time required: c.10-15 hrs per month
Tenure: TBC

Expertise sought: Education
Prior board experience required: No
Formal governance training required: No

Through access to education and learning of practical life skills, Mary MacKillop Today seeks to transform the lives of the poor and the marginalised so they can realise their potential and participate fully in the community. The core project principles of Mary MacKillop Today are grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and the work of Mary MacKillop and Board members will have a genuine interest and commitment to Mary MacKillop Today’s vision and purpose.  Their aim is to ensure the dignity of all is realised through compassion and justice so you must have a passion for service to the poor and a commitment to justice.

As a result of the merger Mary Mackillop Today are looking to appoint a new Non-Executive Director to their board with expertise in education. You will have extensive professional experience in education at a senior level and a genuine commitment to the work that Mary MacKillop Today undertakes. An understanding of good governance and the for-purpose (not-for-profit) sector would be an advantage.  You will be strategic and an excellent communicator, able to lead through organisational growth. You will be considerate, but curious around better ways to deliver greater impact in support of the organisation’s mission and vision.

It is estimated that this role will take approximately 10 – 15 hours per month and requires attendance at Board and Committee meetings.  The Board meets approximately 6 times a year in North Sydney.  Board members may be expected to occasionally attend public functions and make public statements as an advocate for Mary MacKillop Today. This is an excellent opportunity, to work with a refreshed and transformational board committed to good governance and transparency to deliver positive outcomes for marginalised individuals both in Australia and overseas.

If you are interested in learning more about Mary MacKillop Today, please download a copy of the Strategic Plan here.  If you have specific questions about this opportunity, please contact People for Purpose by email  at [email protected] or 0468 625 252.

To apply, you MUST submit a CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested in representing Mary MacKillop Today and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity. Send your applications to [email protected]