Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Then join us as Assistant Company Secretary and play a significant role in enhancing and improving the governance structures and mechanisms of Save the Children to help the Board and senior management of SCUK to deliver on the strategic mission of SCUK and the global movement.
At Save the Children, we fight for children every single day. Our support services teams provide leadership and direction in the business of running an efficient organisation. We ensure our resources are used to maximum effect. We go the extra mile - and we don’t rest until the work is done.
The Assistant Company Secretary is a vital role and effective governance reporting and oversight is essential to the charity’s function, more so than ever when charity boards are having to make increasingly difficult and complex choices on organisational priorities, resources and funding, at a time of a global pandemic when the world's children are likely to be in their greatest need. You will help manage Save the Children UK’s strategic engagement with the Board of Trustees, supporting the General Counsel and Company Secretary in all governance matters and working closely with the Board Chair, the Executive Leadership Team, the CEO’s team and other key stakeholders to ensure the effective governance of the charity. In addition you will:
• Ensure clear oversight of the decision making and reporting processes between the Board of Trustees and its Committee and subcommittees to ensure effective reporting to the Board
• Support the Company Secretary in ensuring that governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the charity
• Ensure that Trustees are kept adequately informed about the Charity’s affairs on an ongoing basis, including proactive communications between regular meetings of the Board and its Committees
• Liaise with the CEO’s office and the Executive Leadership Team for topics for discussion at Board meetings and information flow to the Board between meetings.
To be successful you will have an eye for detail and a strong interest in corporate governance underlined by improving organisational process, transparency and accountability throughout Save the Children UK. A commitment to SCUK's vision, mission and values is essential, as well as the motivation to help every child reach its full potential. Strong interpersonal skills and resilience are also important as is the ability to deal with confidential information with the utmost discretion. Whilst a legal and/or company secretarial qualification is desirable, it is not essential. You will also have:
• Experience in high-level project management and excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
• The ability to build credibility quickly and to communicate with impact, including influencing at senior management level
• A clear understanding of legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of the Chair role and that of Board of Trustees more broadly
• A good knowledge of charity law and governance
• Competency taking minutes in Board meetings.
The knowledge and skills we’ve listed above represent “the perfect candidate”. No one is perfect so please do not be deterred if you do not fulfil every line.
Please note that we will be reviewing applications throughout the advertising period and may close the vacancy early due to interest levels, therefore early applications are encouraged.
At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.
If you share our belief in the power of children, join the fight. It takes relentless determination, creativity and a real commitment to real change. Because every child should be able to make their mark on their world, and help to build a better future. We look forward to hearing from you.
To apply please visit our website.
Closing date: 19 July 2020