Organisation: United Nations Association - UK
|Location||Westminster, London (Central), SW1A 2EL|
|Where the role is based||Either at home or at organisation|
|Travel limit||UK only|
|Application deadline||14 Apr 2017|
UNA-UK is looking for skilled individuals to join Board of Trustees and help strengthen the reputation and impact of UNA-UK and raise its profile. Trustees will provide strategic direction for the charity.
- The Trustee will work in partnership with the Chair, the Executive Director and UNA-UK’s small but dynamic team of nine employees, to help them achieve the aims of the organisation.
- The Trustee’s role will be to promote and strengthen the reputation and impact of UNA-UK. S/he will represent the charity and its aims externally, exerting positive influence with key stakeholders and raise its profile.
- Trustees will provide the strategic direction for the charity and ensure that all appropriate financial and legal checks and balances are in place.
- The primary duty of Trustees is to ensure that the charity operates within its charitable remit and legislation pertaining to charities and companies in the UK, and that it is well-managed with sufficient resources to deliver its objectives.
In addition to these general legal and fiduciary duties, they may also be called upon to provide practical support to UNA-UK staff in their areas of expertise.
Possible support includes:
- Assisting with funding approaches and applications
- Reviewing documents prepared by UNA-UK’s pro bono lawyers
- Participating in relevant events and meetings, using contacts to promote specific UNA-UK activities, supporting a UNA-UK campaign or appeal
- Introducing UNA-UK to potential donors and other relevant contacts.
This is a voluntary position. The initial term of appointment will be three years, with the possibility of reappointment for up to one further term of three years.
- Business development
- Commissioning / contracting
- Fundraising strategy
- Researching funders / writing proposals
- Marketing strategy
- Public relations
- General management
- Management consultancy
We are keen to recruit an individual with demonstrated expertise in one or several of the following four areas:
- Fundraising from members, donors, trusts and the private sector – our top priority
- Media engagement – to reach new audiences and improve the impact of UNA-UK’s work
- Youth engagement – to improve youth participation in UNA-UK’s work including youth outreach
- Governance and Management
Each Trustee should be able to demonstrate as many of the following as possible:
- Empathy with the vision, mission and values of UNA-UK and a commitment to UNA-UK and its objectives
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of charity Trustees and company directors
- The ability to make strong independent judgements, thinking strategically, objectively and creatively in the context of a challenging organisational and external environment
- The ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- A willingness to speak their mind, as well as to accept group decisions
- Ability to commit appropriate time and effort to their duties as Trustees of the organisation, and able to attend four meetings of the Board of Trustees a year; support the management team as appropriate and participate in any sub-committees as agreed
UNA-UK strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply. At present, the Board is particularly keen to receive applications from women, ethnic minorities, and persons under 30.
In order to apply, you must:
- Be fit to serve as a charity Trustee and company director
- Be willing to serve a three-year term of office
- Abide by UNA-UK’s Articles and Rules
- Be able to attend Board meetings four times a year, either in person or via Skype/phone
- Be (or be willing to become) a member UNA-UK
The Board meets four times a year in London, at the end of each quarter – normally March, June, September and December. Each meeting lasts 3-4 hours.
Trustees are expected to attend all meetings and must inform the Company Secretary if they are not able to do so. Participation is normally in person but Trustees may make arrangements to take part via telephone or Skype.
What impact the opportunity will have
The primary duty of Trustees is to ensure that the charity operates within its charitable remit and legislation pertaining to charities and companies in the UK, and that it is well-managed with sufficient resources to deliver its objectives, as set out in UNA-UK's new strategic plan for the period July 2016 to June 2019.
In addition to these general legal and fiduciary duties, they may also be called upon to provide practical support to UNA-UK staff in their areas of expertise. Possible support includes: assisting with funding approaches and applications; reviewing documents prepared by UNA-UK’s pro bono lawyers; participating in relevant events and meetings, using contacts to promote specific UNA-UK activities, supporting a UNA-UK campaign or appeal; and introducing UNA-UK to potential donors and other relevant contacts.
What’s in it for the volunteer?
The Trustee will integrate a Board composed of individuals with varied skills and will work in partnership with a small but dynamic team of nine employees.
They will gain key insights into the work of UNA-UK and be able to play a key role in the organisation's growth, whether it is in fundraising, media recognition or the number of supporters.
The Trustee will represent a highly-reputed charity and will be involved in UNA-UK's events and networks.
Mostly outside office hours
The Board meets four times a year in London, at the end of each quarter, normally March, June, September and December. Each meeting lasts 3-4 hours.
Additional application instructions
To apply: Please request our Trustee Information pack and eligibility criteria. This pack will contain a link to our application form. All completed forms should be sent to us by 5pm on Friday 14th April 2017.