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Trustee/Treasurer for The Olive Ridley Project

Location: Flexible

Date Posted: 22/11/2018

Closing Date: 20/02/2019

Job Description

Help us save sea turtles and fight ghost nets in the Indian Ocean. We are looking for an enthusiastic Treasurer/Accountant to join our Board of Trustees. ORP is on a mission to remove ghost nets from the ocean, rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles, reuse and reduce marine debris, and educate the world about the danger of ghost nets and the perilous situation of sea turtles. Our marine turtle rescue centre in Baa Atoll, Maldives, is the only such facility with a resident veterinarian in the country.

Since its initial startup, ORP is now broadening its reach and, through the use of citizen science, is tackling the issue of ghost gear throughout the Indian Ocean with the main goal of reducing the negative impacts they are having on marine organisms and the local fishing communities.

About the Role

ORP is currently looking to recruit a UK based Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to provide financial leadership and manage ORP’s financial affairs, ensure the organisation’s financial viability and check that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. The position is voluntary and unpaid.

Specific Duties Will Include:

  • All aspects of financial management and control, including creating financial information, data, and reports, budgets and statements, dealing with the bank and Charity Commission in financial matters.
  • Overseeing and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements to the trustee board.
  • Liaising with designated staff about financial matters.
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Ensuring that accounts meet the conditions of contractual agreements with external agencies such as funders and statutory bodies.
  • Develop a reserves policy and safeguard the organisation’s finances.
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Work collectively as a group to ensure the best outcome for ORP
  • Represent and act as an ambassador for the charity

Experience Required

  • Qualified accountant, ideally chartered, with financial and business experience at an appropriate level
  • Knowledge of charity accounting would be an advantage
  • An understanding of the charity sector, in particular of the accounting and legal framework in the UK
  • An interest in marine life and ocean conservation

What Difference Will You Make?

By providing financial management to ORP, you will be helping to ensure that ORP is able to continue protecting sea turtles and their habitat in the Indian Ocean.

What’s In It For You?

This is a great opportunity to use your professional skills to make a difference in the world and to be part of a dynamic international team passionate about sea turtle adn ocean conservation.

Time Commitment

The successful applicant will be able to commit approximately 8 hours per month to their role. In addition, we require participation in quarterly trustee board meetings, which take place via video conferencing due to the international nature of our operations.

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