Job Listing: Deputy Chair - Open Gardens Victoria

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Published on 25th February 2022

Deputy Chair
Open Gardens Victoria

A garden lover’s dream. Open Gardens Victoria is seeking a qualified and inspiring leader for their new Deputy Chair.


Open Gardens Victoria (OGV) is committed to fostering a community-wide love of gardens and gardening. The organisation has been opening private gardens to the public and holding horticulturally themed events and workshops across Victoria since 2015. It has made substantial donations to valuable horticultural and community causes in that time. The organisation’s inaugural Chair is retiring at the end of her current term (Aug 2023). Open Gardens Victoria is seeking a suitably qualified and inspiring leader to join the Committee of Management as its Deputy Chair, to understudy the Chair with the view to becoming her successor, and to develop and implement strategies for its next phase of diversification and growth.


The Chair of Open Gardens Victoria leads the organisation in achieving its aims, maintaining its desired reputation and culture, complying with OGV’s Rules, and delivering its strategies. In performing this important role, the OGV Chair is supported by the Committee of Management (CoM), a range of subcommittees, some paid assistance and OGV’s extensive volunteer base.

The Deputy Chair of OGV supports the Chair in the administration and operation of OGV’s activities. This includes by:

  1. Being an active member of the CoM.

  2. Chairing CoM meetings in the absence of the Chair, as per Rule 46 of OGV Rules.

  3. Being a member of the OGV Governance subcommittee.

  4. Monitoring and administering OGV HR issues and obligations, and advising the OGV CoM on such matters.

  5. Administering Chair duties where the Chair is unavailable, or needs to delegate matters due to workloads.

  6. Being a member of the Giving subcommittee.

  7. Preparing for and attending sub-committee meetings (as backfill when the sub-committee Head is unavailable or the role is vacant).

About you

You will bring an active interest in gardening and horticulture, and an awareness of trends (new and emerging) within gardening events and consumer experience, stakeholder engagement in a volunteer setting, and a working knowledge of not for profit governance. You will have:

  • A passion for gardening, and ideally some experience within the horticultural, voluntary or related sectors.

  • A proven track record for delivering results whilst developing and implementing the framework for an organisation’s future.

  • Extensive stakeholder engagement, influencing and negotiation skills with both professional and enthusiastic voluntary stakeholders.

  • Contemporary and highly empathic people leadership skills with a strong track record of building a positive and collaborative high-performing culture. These include building trust; inspiring and motivating and an ability to harness the collective capability of staff (paid and unpaid) to work towards a common goal.

  • Strategic leadership and governance experience working successfully at senior levels and with a Board. Ability to identify and develop strategies aimed at business, operational and delivery improvement.

  • Gravitas, political nous and be an exemplar of trust and integrity.

How to Apply

For a confidential discussion please call Jen D’Arcy-Smith M: 0449 967 781 or Cassidy Mackie T: 03 8629 1320.

Please send your application quoting Ref No 69585 to Watermark Search International.

We will reply to the email address used for your application.

Closing date: 11:59pm AEDT, Sunday 20 March 2022.

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