Treasurer to Shine Board of Trustees
Could you be Shine’s next Honorary Treasurer? Join us for an exciting opportunity to make a difference... Use your experience of strategic financial management to help drive and support Shine’s strategic direction and on-going success in making a difference to thousands of individuals and families whose lives are affected by spina bifida, hydrocephalus and associated conditions. In return, this role will provide you with an opportunity to put your skills and expertise to use in a different context, and ‘give something back’. It will help to fulfil your organisation’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and add a new dimension to your CV. You will learn more about the work of a national charity, and the successes and challenges a charity has in ensuring that the resources, processes and best practice are in place to deliver services which make a difference. About the role Shine is led by its Board of 16 Trustees, who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the charity. As a Shine Trustee, you will have the opportunity to make a valuable and important contribution to our current work and future direction. Shine is seeking to recruit a qualified and experienced accountant as the new Honorary Treasurer. As Honorary Treasurer, you will play a key role in supporting Shine’s Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team to develop and implement the charity’s strategy. You will be one of three Honorary Officers of the Board. Working alongside the Chair and Vice-Chair, you will oversee financial, internal control and risk management matters of the charity in line with good practice, our governing document and legal requirements and will support our Director of Finance in reporting on these to the Board. About Shine Shine is the only organisation with a membership of over 11,000 individuals, that works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to provide information, support and advice to thousands of individuals and families whose lives are affected by spina bifida, hydrocephalus and associated conditions. We work to raise awareness, educate professionals, and influence key policy and practice to ensure that our members have improved access to specialist services and treatment. Time Commitment – and our Commitment to You The role is an important role and requires approximately 8 days a year, of which 4-5 days will be on fixed dates for Committee and Audit meetings. These dates will be planned well in advance. We encourage active participation, and Trustees often give more time. There are currently four one-day Board of Trustee meetings a year, usually held in Peterborough. You will be invited to attend occasional events to support Shine, and asked to provide support and advice when appropriate. The successful candidate would serve initially for 3 years with the potential to be reappointed for up to a further two terms of 3 years after that. This is an unpaid role, but expenses are paid for attendance at Board meetings and other Trustee activities. Some employers encourage and enable trusteeship as part of wider career development and corporate social responsibility. We will give you a full induction and ongoing support and development in this role. What we hope you’ll bring to this role A demonstrable commitment to Shine’s aims, values and work is essential. Expertise, skills and credibility in high-level strategy development Strong interpersonal skills and relationship-building abilities. An ability to contribute significantly to the work of the Trustees. Strong leadership and chairing skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together Sound technical accounting and financial skills Proven experience of financial management at a senior level is essential Experience of overseeing risk management and assurance Good coaching skills to support the Director of Finance and Operations Key dates Interviews will be held before 30 November 2018 Appointment will be confirmed at Shine’s Board meeting on 4 December 2018 Further information For further detail on the role, please go to https://www.shinecharity.org.uk/recruitment/vacancy-for-treasurer or email email@example.com for information. To apply Please submit a CV and covering letter to Val Stokes on firstname.lastname@example.org Shine Treasurer Job Description Job Title: Treasurer The Treasurer will take the lead at board level on financial matters whilst ensuring that the collective responsibility of the Board of Trustees for the financial governance is maintained. The statutory duties of all trustees are: To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations. To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document. To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are. To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation. To ensure the financial stability of the organisation . To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds. To appoint the chief executive officer and monitor his/her performance In addition to the above statutory duties, the Treasurer should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve: Promoting the interests of the charity at all opportunities Focusing on key issues Providing guidance on new initiatives Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise Main Responsibilities of the Treasurer In relation to the Board monitor the financial administration of the charity and report to the board of trustees, in compliance with the governing document; oversee the charity’s financial risk-management process; board-level liaison with the external auditors on specific issues such as the Auditors’ Management Letter and the related board representations. overseeing the production and presentation of budgets, internal management accounts and annual financial statements to the board of trustees; ensuring that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly invested and economically spent; liaising with relevant members of staff; monitoring and advising on the financial viability of the charity; overseeing the implementation of and monitoring financial systems; advising on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plan; In relation to the Director of Finance and Operations Consult with Director of Finance and Operations on matters of financial strategy and financial governance. Receive regular progress reports of the financial performance through the Director of Finance and Operations. Person Specification Essential for all Trustees Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities. Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims. Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment. Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues. Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise. Essential for Treasurer Qualified and experienced finance professional Charity accounting experience or understanding Desirable for all Trustees Prior experience of committee/trustee work. Direct experience of spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and understanding of the impact the condition has on people’s lives. Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the charity. A wider involvement with the voluntary sector. Experience of chairing meetings, committee work Leadership skills exercised through a period change. Time Commitment The Board meets at least 4 times a year, with other meetings of the Board or sub-committees as required. In addition a monthly phone call or meeting with the Director of Finance and Operations will be required as a minimum.