Are you an experienced administrator? Do you love the countryside and do you feel passionate about charity work? If so, then we have an exciting opportunity for you to be involved with a charity that looks to expand knowledge of, and access to, the countryside, particularly for disadvantaged people.
Who we are
The CLA Charitable Trust, was founded in 1980 by members of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), and is an independent grant-making trust, funded almost entirely by CLA members' donations.
The CLA Charitable Trust objectives are:
- Advancing people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing through financial support of charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises, which are delivering access, recreational and educational opportunities within and about the countryside.
- To promote and encourage education in sustainable farming, food production and rural land management.
The successful post holder would be employed by the CLA on behalf of the Trustees.
The CLA has been championing the interests of rural England and Wales for over 100 years. We campaign to grow the rural economy, strengthen rural communities and provide a greener future for the next generation – all whilst providing a first class service to our 28,000 members.
The Role and Person
We are looking for an experienced administrator to provide a varied range of administrative support services to the Trustees of the CLA Charitable Trust, be the first point of contact for grant applicants and to liaise with all CLA departments, particularly finance, communications and marketing.
The line manager for this position will be the CLA Director of Finance however you are also expected to report to, and work closely with, the Chair of Trustees.
The ideal candidate will be:
- Comfortable to work independently.
- A confident and strong communicator.
- Someone who enjoys variety.
- Open to learning new skills.
They will also be responsible for providing the administration for the application process, liaising with grant applicants, recipients, and Trustees to ensure a smooth and efficient process. The candidate will work closely with the Trustees and support them on governance and liaise closely with the CLA Finance Department and the CLA regional Communications Managers. Trustees meet regularly each year, with 2022 meetings scheduled for: 25th January, 15th March, 16th June and 7th October and there is requirement to be available for these dates and expected to travel to London.
They will be expected to uphold the CLA’s values of respect, leadership, teamwork, integrity, and professionalism in everything you do. This will include participating actively in team events.
Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Collate and review grant applications ensuring that all required detail is submitted.
- Correspond with grant applicants.
- Maintain records of grant applications and all correspondence.
- Receive and respond to all telephone, email and postal enquiries.
- Prepare and distribute agenda, papers and minutes for quarterly Trustee meetings and AGM.
- Attend quarterly Trustee meetings and make site visits to grant recipients.
- Maintain risk register.
- Liaise with Trustees to produce reports for CLA Board, Council, branch committees and CLA publications.
- Liaise with CLA departments and regions as required.
- Liaise with organisations regarding bursary/scholarship applications.
- Liaise closely with the CLA Finance Department.
- Ensure compliance with statutory regulatory requirements.
- Renew Trustee indemnity insurance.
- Monitor Charity Commission website and make Trustees aware of any material changes and monitor information relevant to CLACT.
- Ensure Trustees receive appropriate training applicable to Trustees of Charities.
- Ensure accurate and timely records of Trustees/accounts etc maintained with the Charity Commission.
- Ability to travel within England and Wales to rural locations to visit grant applicants.
How we work
This is a home based role, with offices in: Central London, Andover, Chippenham, Stafford, Richmond, Newmarket & Merthyr Tydfil. It is part time permanent, with a minimum requirement of 28 hours a month. Days and hours worked can be flexibly, with attendance required at the annual meetings in London.
What we can offer
The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;
- Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer's contribution of up to 10% of salary
- Minimum 24 days holiday (pro rata), plus bank holidays
- Work place benefits such as payment of flu vaccinations, eye tests and option for Payroll Giving
- Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme
- Discount offers at over 800 retailers
- Access to a private 24 hour GP service
We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team.
To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria, and CV by 10am Monday 24th January with first interviews planned for 2nd and 3rd February.
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