The Observership Program

Founded in 2012, the Observership Program facilitates the involvement of young, talented and energetic individuals in a structured experience on non-profit Boards.

Once screened and trained, each Observer is thoughtfully paired with an organisation for a 12 month period. During that time, Observers attend all board and/or committee meetings as non-voting members, and learn about fundamental principles and functions of non-profit boards, the roles of board members, it’s decision making process, fiscal processes, and other governance priorities. The program also provides targeted training and mentorship designed to impart important skills that Observers can to bring to future boardroom discussions.

After a successful pilot program, the 2017 Observership Program will run as a stand alone organisation, a result of JCA’s partnership with AICD and Philanthropy Australia. Two application streams are now available to applicants:

A JCA Stream: which will place the observer on a board of one of JCA’s internal communal organisations; and General Stream, which will place the observer on a general, non-communal, board.

Applications for the 2021 Observership Program are NOW OPEN (closing Sunday 9 August 2020).

For more information about the application process please visit The Observership Program or contact JCA on 9360 2344.

Organisations who have been involved in the program include:

  • 40K
  • Australian Friends of Hebrew University
  • Board of Jewish Education
  • Board of Progressive Jewish Education
  • B’nai B’rith
  • B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages
  • COA Sydney
  • Cure Cancer Australia Foundation
  • Emanuel School
  • Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
  • JCA
  • JewishCare
  • Jewish House
  • Kesser Torah College
  • Maccabi NSW
  • Magen David Adom
  • Masada College
  • Mount Sinai College
  • National Council for Jewish Women
  • NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
  • Sydney Jewish Museum
  • Sydney Swans Foundation
  • The Shalom Institute
  • Wolper Jewish Hospital
  • ZDVO