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Honorary Treasurer and Trustee for DeafKidz International

Location: Rugby, West Midlands

Date Posted: 17/12/2018

Closing Date: 17/03/2019

Job Description

About the organisation

DeafKidz International is the UK’s leading organisation working to respond to the protection, health and wellbeing needs of Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and DeafBlind (D/Deaf) children and young people in low resource and complex humanitarian settings. We work to ensure that D/deaf children and young people are able to live safely and without fear of stigma, discrimination and abuse in the communication mode of choice; sign language, sign supported spoken language, community ethnic sign, aural method and DeafBlind manual.

About the role

DKI is now seeking to recruit an independent trustee to the Board to act as Treasurer. This is an exciting time to join as we continue to grow and increase our impact.

The Trustees of the Charity delegate the day-to-day management of the Charity to its Chief Executive, Steve Crump, who manages a mixed permanent, sessional and volunteer adviser staff team, including a contracted financial officer.

The Charity faces some difficult choices in allocating its resources effectively. Trustees play a key role in ensuring that this is done in a timely, transparent and efficient manner, and that the impact of its activities are measured systematically. The Charity also works in partnership with statutory bodies, as well as with other charities and global child protection, humanitarian, development and health organisations to maximise its effectiveness.

In just a short while, our annual turnover has grown from £15,000 a year to more than £230,000 and it’s growing. DKI is funded by a range of statutory, trust, foundation and hi-net worth investors including DFID, Comic Relief, Laureus, Sport for Good, and Save the Children UK. As we structure for growth, it is essential our financial governance is the best it can be and our financial procedures both robust and resilient. Through this attention to detail and best practice we can continue to remain as the investor / donor community’s preferred partner of choice.

Person Specification

DKI is now seeking to recruit an independent trustee to the Board to act as Treasurer. The Treasurer should be a qualified accountant, ideally, chartered, with broad experience of having worked within the charity and/or commercial sectors. They will probably be serving as or have served as a Financial Director or Controller of a larger charity and/or medium-sized commercial business, with experience of investment strategy, pension funds, financial systems, financial risk management, liaising with external auditors and investment advisers.

Candidates interested in applying to become a Trustee of DKI should be able to demonstrate knowledge and ideally experience in the following key areas:

  • Membership of other boards or committees at a similar level
  • Professional background in finance in commercial and/or charitable sectors
  • Experience in investment strategy, pension funds as well as liaison with external auditors and investment advisers.
  • Charity governance with an emphasis on charities working in international development.
  • Experience of or an interest in D/deafness.

DKI currently has four Trustees with varied backgrounds in international development and health, supported by the Chief Executive, Steve Crump, and Chris Underhill MBE, the organisation’s appointed Development Consultant. DKI is committed to creating a diverse Board of D/deaf and hearing Trustees and welcomes applications from all suitably experienced applicants.

Time commitment

The time commitment expected for the role of Trustee of DKI will be around 10 days per year, including 4 Board meetings, Away Days, the AGM, and ‘keeping-in-touch-time’: preparation, background reading and reviewing papers. Approximately half of the meetings take place in London, with the remainder in Brighton.

Appointment term: initially three years from December 2018, with the possibility of one or (exceptionally) two further three-year terms to be served. This is a voluntary role with reasonable expenses reimbursed.

How to apply

All applications must be made via Reach in the first instance. If you share our vision of ensuring that every D/deaf child lives free from physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect, and possess the skills and experience needed for this rewarding opportunity, please forward:

  • Your current comprehensive CV, including details of two referees (who will not of course be contacted without your prior knowledge and consent)
  • A supporting statement outlining how you feel your skills and experience could be of benefit to DKI and, crucially, detailing your motivation for applying for the role, particularly as the charity consolidates and prepares for long term sustainable growth.

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