Chair of the Board of Trustees


JOIN OUR TEAM! We are recruiting for a Chair of the Board of Trustees. Do you have previous board, governance, and/or strategic experience? Do you approach challenges with a positive and 'can-do' outlook?


As well as fulfilling the basic requirements of a trustee, which can be found here, the role of Chair requires additional skills outlined below.



If this sounds like a role for you, read the below, then send a CV and cover letter to:

recruitment@indigovolunteers.org


Applications close on the 12th of November, 2020.


ROLE DESCRIPTION ________________________

Role Title: Chair of the board of Trustees 


Location: This role can be conducted remotely. Quarterly meetings in London where possible. 


Reporting to:  Board of Trustees


Time Commitment: Four - six board meetings per year, an annual strategy day as well as other activities between meetings as required by the role. The Chair is also expected to have regular meetings with the Chief Executive, and to represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders. 


Duration: Probation period 3 months, including attendance at a board meeting. Minimum commitment 2 years, maximum 5 years. 


Remuneration: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed. 


General Trustee Role: Below outlines the specific role of the Chair. It is essential that you also read the Advisor to the Board of Trustees role profile here which outlines your general responsibilities as a trustee.  

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE

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The Chair will hold the Board and Senior Leadership Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Senior Leadership Team of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive. 




RESPONSIBILITIES

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Strategic Leadership

  • Provide leadership to the Charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries. 

  • Monitor the performance and impact of the Trustees in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity. 

  • Responsibility for the Board operating within its charitable objectives, and provide a clear strategic direction for the Charity. 

  • Put arrangements in place so that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that it can take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks. 

  • Responsibility for the Board fulfilling its duties to maintain sound financial health of the Charity, with systems in place to allow financial accountability. 

Governance

  • Responsibility for governance arrangements working in the most effective way for the Charity. 

  • Developing the knowledge and capability of the Board of Trustees. 

  • Encouraging positive change and, where appropriate, address and resolve any conflicts within the Board. 

  • Appraising the performance of the Trustees and the Board on an annual basis. 

  • Regularly refreshing the Board of Trustees incorporating the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the Charity effectively, reflecting the wider population. 

  • Working within any agreed policies adopted by the Charity. 

External Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and the Charity. 

  • Maintain close relationships with key stakeholders where appropriate. 

  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate. 

  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events. 

  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflict with external stakeholders. 

Efficiency and Effectiveness 

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process. 

  • Ensures trustees are fully engaged and decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the Charity, with the Board taking collective ownership. 

  • Foster and maintain constructive relationships with and between the Trustees. 

  • Work closely with the Chief Executive to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of trustees. 

  • Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.

Relationship with the Chief Executive and the Senior Leadership Team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and constructive working relationship with the Chief Executive, as s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives. 

  • Support the Chief Executive, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles. 

  • Maintain regular contact with the Chief Executive and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges. 

  • Liaise with the Chief Executive to maintain an overview of the Charity’s affairs, providing support as necessary. 

  • Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Chief Executive in consultation with other Trustees. 

  • Ensure that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support. 

The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.


TERMS 

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The charity’s Chair (and board members) will serve a minimum two-year term, maximum five-year term. In addition to chairing the main Board meetings, the Chair has the right to attend any working groups or sub-committees.


PERSON DESCRIPTION

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In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the Charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements.


PERSONAL QUALITIES

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  • Personal gravitas to lead the organisation. 

  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment.


EXPERIENCE

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  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation

  • Experience of external representation, delivering presentations and managing key stakeholders

  • Experience of change management

  • Significant experience of chairing meetings and events


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

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  • A good knowledge and understanding of the European refugee crisis and the volunteer sector, as well as the current issues affecting them. 

  • Good understanding of charity governance issues.

  • Excellent communication skills. 

  • Proactive and self-driven. 

  • Strong organisation and planning skills.

  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together.



SUPPORTIVE LINKS

The Association of Chairs offers support and networking for the chairs and vice-chairs of nonprofit boards. Their Chairs Compass guide aims to help chairs to find and maintain direction, to map the terrain they are likely to encounter, and to provide them with helpful signposts.


They have also produced A Question of Balance – a guide to the chair and chief executive relationship.

The Chair will hold the Board and Senior Leadership Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfills their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Senior Leadership Team of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive. 


Indigo Volunteers are committed to upholding an equal and fair working environment free from discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, mental health, religion or age. We recognise that having a diversity of experiences and perspectives is crucial to growing and improving as an organisation and encourage applications from people who are similarly motivated by these values.


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