About the organisation
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Volunteers offer support by responding to phone calls, emails and letters. Alternatively people can drop into a branch to have a face to face meeting.
About the role
We are currently seeking an Honorary Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to oversee financial matters for the charity and be part of a committed governing team ensuring the effective administration of the organisation. The purpose of the Honorary Treasurer role is to help ensure the financial sustainability of the charity and report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation, in line with good practice, and in accordance with the charity’s governing documents and legal requirements.
The Honorary Treasurer will work closely with the Director of Finance & income to ensure that Trustee Board have sound information to inform decisions and that the charity’s finances are managed in an effective and efficient manner. In particular, applicants must have financial qualifications, extensive strategic experience in financial matters, and experience of charity finance, fundraising and investments. Attendance at some weekend meetings will be required.
What difference will you make?
Making a real difference to people struggling to cope – people rely on Samaritans every day of the year at significant times in their lives. Decisions made by the Trustee Board have a direct impact on who our service reaches, as well as how it is delivered.
Making sure our volunteers are fully supported – being a Trustee allows you to examine and improve the tools and processes in place to help volunteers deliver our service, as well as making sure that volunteers are properly appreciated for their contributions.
What's in it for the volunteer?
Influencing a major charity – whatever your involvement in Samaritans to date, you will have a view on what we do well and what could be improved.
Making the most of your existing skills – if you are an expert in a particular area, there is often no greater satisfaction than fully utilising your experience for a charitable purpose and knowing that a particular decision is of a higher quality thanks to your involvement.
Personal development – being a Trustee is a challenging and rewarding experience, and no matter what your achievements to date, there will always be something to stretch you that little bit further.
Qualities of the Honorary Treasurer
- Financial qualification and extensive experience in strategic financial matters
- Experience preferably of charity finance, fundraising and investment matters
- Skills and ability to identify the key issues contained within finance-related reports and proposals information, and to ensure that they are communicated effectively to the Board
- Willing to acquire knowledge on the work of Samaritans, its governance and culture
- Ability to present financial matters clearly and concisely
- Experience of strategic decision-making on a Trustee Board or similar Executive Committee
All Trustees will require:
- Communication skills
- Team working skills
The term of office is three years with the possibility of a further three-year term. On average the commitment will be one to two days a month.
How to apply
Applications must be received by midday on Thursday 29 March 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview, which will take place on the weekend of the 27-29 April 2018 in Birmingham.