Chair of Trustees

Recruiter
ST ETHELBURGAS CENTRE
Location
London, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
21 Aug 2019
Closes
28 Aug 2019
Ref
1221148445
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is a vibrant and innovative space in the heart of the City of London. Our work includes growing values-based leadership for times of ecological and social hardship, supporting the integration of refugees, turning places of worship into centres of peace-making expertise, and developing the leadership potential of the younger generation.

We are seeking a new Chair of Trustees to lead us in the next phase of our growth, helping us navigate the complex evolving global crisis around us.

These are the skills and qualities we are looking for:

ESSENTIAL
  • Interest in St Ethelburga's work and resonance with its values
  • Time and capacity to commit
  • A commitment to faith, with an understanding of and openness to different traditions
  • Nuanced appreciation of, and experience of working skilfully with, diversity and inclusion.

DESIRABLE
  • Understanding of the impact of climate change on conflict - now and in the coming years
  • Expertise in or resonance with one (or more) of the following fields: faith and spirituality, community building, conflict transformation, refugee integration, reconciliation, movement building, social activism.
  • Understanding of how faith and spirituality are lived in the younger generation
  • Understanding of systems thinking
  • Connections with potential donors
  • Experience of charity governance
  • No conflicts of interest that would limit ability to fundraise for St E's or conflict with St E's values.

Key tasks we want the Chair to achieve in the coming 3 years
  1. Guide a strategic planning process for 2020-2023
  2. Guide and support the development of a new communications and media strategy to raise St Ethelburga's profile significantly
  3. Improve Trustee engagement with the work, developing ability of the Board to think together and offer meaningful constructive feedback to CEO and staff
  4. Improve age, faith, culture and gender diversity on the Board of Trustees as a whole, and our ability to reach out to harder to reach groups
  5. Support and help shape narratives and programmes rooted in systems thinking, appropriate for a global landscape of potential social and ecological collapse.

What We Do

St Ethelburga's is a maker of peace-makers. We inspire and equip people from all backgrounds to become peace-builders in their own communities and lives.

Current projects focus on:
  1. Refugee Allies - a community integration project focused on raising awareness of the plight of displaced peoples
  2. Reconcilers Together - training Christian clergy to play a role as peacemakers in their local communities
  3. Spiritual ecology - building bridges across faiths, spiritualties and cultures in the millennial generation, via social action projects focused on climate change
  4. Deep adaptation - exploring community and individual resilience in the face of ecological and social collapse
  5. Understanding intolerance - training people to be more effective allies for marginalised people.

Our Values

Our values emerge from the unique history of the space, and are the organising principle behind our work.
  • Crisis as opportunity for change
  • Spiritual values into action
  • Collaborating across differences
  • Protecting the sacred

Please explore our website stethelburgas.org to see more about our current work.

Organisational culture

Our peace-making methodology is rooted in a theology and worldview of interdependence. We emphasise compassion, empathy; respect for each individual's perspective; dialogue, collaboration and reflective practice.

St Ethelburga's seeks to evolve a form of governance that models the processes used in its work - collaboration, dialogue, open enquiry, inclusivity and awareness of how to be an ally for marginalised people. We anticipate finding a Chair who can embody this ethos. St Ethelburga's also has a distributed organisational structure in order to foster a supportive environment where collaboration is encouraged and a collective sense of stewardship is felt by all.

Length of service

We are looking for someone who is able to commit for at least 3 years in order to provide stability, and work with St Ethelburga's to develop and implement a long-term vision of progressive governance.

Role Description

The Chair provides inclusive leadership, ensuring the Board functions as a unit, to provide supportive governance to the Director and the team in order to develop the work of St Ethelburga's and enable delivery of its objectives and wider strategic vision.

Remuneration: The role of Chair does not attract financial remuneration, although reasonable expenses may be claimed as agreed with the Board and in line with Charity Commission guidelines.

Time commitment: Four Board meetings per year in London. In addition, the Chair is expected to have fairly regular contact (by phone or in person) with the Director and the Board, and to represent St Ethelburga's at events and meetings with key stakeholders.

Reporting to: The Board of Trustees.

Key responsibilities include:

Governance
  • Supporting Trustees to fulfil their statutory duties and responsibilities to ensure the effective governance of St Ethelburga's in accordance with its Memorandum and Articles, and as determined by the Charity Commission.
  • Developing the capacity of the Board, ensuring the Board incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and perspectives to govern St Ethelburga's effectively and responsively - ensuring diversity with a balance of ages, faiths, genders and cultures in such a way that the Board reflects the work of the Centre.
  • Exploring and implementing forms of governance that resonate with the aims, approach and values of St Ethelburga's - inclusive, dialogical, and rooted in systems thinking.
  • Leading with awareness of the impacts of power and privilege on more marginalised groups.
  • Ensuring all Trustees are recruited with ethos, skills and diversity in mind
  • Ensuring Board members are welcomed, trained and inducted into their role (there is also a Trustee dedicated to this task to assist).
  • Facilitating meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process.

Fundraising
  • Modelling major donor fundraising, and galvanising all Trustees to fundraise, using their personal connections to the advantage of the charity where appropriate.
  • Acting as an ambassador for St Ethelburga's building and maintaining close relationships with key stakeholders and influencers as required.

Working relationships
  • Establishing and building strong, effective and constructive working relationships with the Director and the team, ensuring open and supportive relationships that facilitate accountability.
  • Enabling the development, and supporting the implementation of, a clear strategic direction
  • Foster the highest and best contribution from members of the Board and the team.
  • Working closely with the Director to ensure Board meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of the Board.
  • Being responsible for addressing and resolving any issues as outlined in St Ethelburga's Policies and Procedures.

Expressions of interest

We will be interviewing in August/September 2019 for a 2020 start.

To find out more call 07989 545 958 for an informal conversation.

To apply send a covering letter and CV or LinkedIn profile to the CEO, Dr Justine Huxley via the button below.

Your covering letter should outline your reasons for applying for the role and the skills and experience you would bring. It would be helpful if you could include a brief outline of your faith or personal values and how these would inform your approach to the role.

We are receiving applications up to 10th Sept 2019. But please do apply sooner as we may interview as applications come in. And please do enquire after this date as well in case the position is still unfilled.

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