Trustees

Employer
Reach Volunteering
Location
Oxfordshire
Salary
Voluntary role
Closing date
29 Jul 2021

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Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

Emmaus Oxford is looking for new trustees to broaden the skill set and diversity of their dedicated Board.

You will be joining an active and dedicated Board and will play a pivotal role in shaping Emmaus Oxford and supporting our work. This is a great opportunity to be part of a passionate team and to share your skills as well as learn new ones.

This is an opportunity to play a vital role in supporting Emmaus Oxford to achieve its mission to overcome homelessness and effect social change.

Role summary

Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run.

The responsibilities of trustees are:

  • Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.
  • Being responsible, with the chief executive and other trustees, for the charity’s performance and culture.
  • Ensuring the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Acting as guardians of the charity’s assets by taking due care of their security and proper use.
  • Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

In addition to your statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involves scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

What we are looking for

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our Board and we would especially welcome applicants who have lived experience of homelessness, are female, are younger are from minority communities and are from lower-income backgrounds. These characteristics are all currently under-represented on our board.

  • Commitment to the work of Emmaus Oxford and the role of trustee.
  • A willingness to contribute fully to all the meetings and dedicate the time required. 
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak your mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship. 
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team. 
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

As well as the above, we are particularly interested in applications from people with the following skills/experience:

  • Legal (employment law would be helpful but general a legal background is fine)
  • Digital and IT 
  • Finance and accounting

Time commitment

Board meetings take place every 6 weeks. The expectation is a commitment of about 2 to 3 hours weekly.

How to apply

Please submit a CV/Linked in profile and covering letter/supporting statement. Please include how your skills and experience match the person specification, why you wish to join the Board and any other relevant details in support of your application. Please contact the TrusteeWorks team for any queries.

Company

Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities. Find out more about when we charge.  

For volunteers and charities

Whether you are an organisation that wants to find a volunteer with particular skills or a new trustee, or an individual who has a skill you want to offer, you can:

  • join the community as a volunteer or as a charity and create a profile
  • explore roles and profiles
  • make contact and talk through what you're looking for 
  • make a match.

Our guides and resources help volunteers and good causes make the most of skills-based volunteering.

Other organisations and partners

We also work with other organisations including:

  • businesses, supporting their staff into rewarding volunteer or board positions
  • funders, supporting their grantees.

Read more about our partnerships.

Find Us
Telephone
020 3943 9901
Location
Reach Volunteering
17 Oval Way
London
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom

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