RefugeeEd is a charity which works to ensure that children and adults fleeing violence have access to a good education. We support grassroots organisations which work with refugee populations in Greece, providing them with teacher training, education mentoring, and teaching resources.
As a small charity, our trustee board takes an active role in the management and operations of the organisation, and we are looking for a new member to join our friendly and dynamic team.
RefugeeEd was founded just over a year ago, and during this time we have successfully piloted our mentor programme, in which experienced teachers are paired as mentors with grassroots organisations. We have partnered 15 mentors with organisations so far, reaching approximately 3,000 students.
To enable the programme to expand and reach more organisations and students, we have just recruited our first field coordinator, based in Greece, who will be overseeing the programme and managing our relationships with grassroots organisations. We are also searching for new ways to reach more experienced teachers who would be interested in participating. This will be an important part of the role of the new trustee.
Short-term aims of the role:
In the short term, the role of the trustee will be to reach more qualified teachers who are interested in volunteering as education mentors. The trustee will find innovative ways to improve our network of teachers, reaching more teachers and reaching them at the right stage of their careers. This may involve building relationships with unions, academy trusts, local councils, training providers, and schools in order to advertise the mentor model to as many teachers as possible.
You will support Schools Ambassadors to promote the role in their local networks of teachers, and to organise fundraisers in their school communities for refugeeEd.
Medium-term aims of the role:
In the medium term (1-3 years), we are also considering the following areas of expansion to reach more students and improve our programme:
- Establishing ongoing partnerships between individual schools in the UK and education projects in Greece. They could be linked through “pen pal” relationships between students, through fundraising, and through visits to the education project from a rotating team of teachers from that UK school.
- Working with academy trusts or local councils on how they can “donate” the time of teachers they employ to the mentor programme.
- Developing a training programme to prepare teachers who are interested in volunteering in the refugee context. Such a training programme would include skills, such as trauma-informed practice, which would be transferable to their day job.
- Encouraging schools to educate their students about the refugee crisis, providing resources which can be used in lessons or in assemblies, and encouraging their students to organise fundraisers for us.
The trustee would have a role in deciding upon our organisation’s medium-term priorities, and determining which of these routes to pursue, and how. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is self-motivated and would like to make a tangible impact on the strategy of a small charity, and be excited to help it grow!
The work of the trustee will allow us to reach more teachers, to enable more teachers to volunteer, and to better prepare those teachers, and therefore will help to improve the education of thousands of refugee children.
- The role will suit someone with good experience of the British education system – a teacher, former teacher, or someone who has experience through trade unions, academy trusts, or training providers.
- Ideally, the trustee will already have wide educational networks.
- The successful candidate will be proactive, well-organised, and persistent.
- They will need a lot of self-motivation, and enjoy taking initiative and leadng on projects.
- They will be good at building, developing, and sustaining networks, and will be an effective communicator.
- They will be looking for opportunities to take the lead in a new and growing organisation, and will be interested in improving the quality of education received by refugees.
We are looking to recruit a trustee for a three year term, with an option to renew.
As a trustee we also hope that you will participate in fundraising, promote the work of refugeeEd, and collectively ensure that the board exercises its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation. We are looking for trustees who want to use their experience to take a hands-on role in the work of the charity.
We have monthly board meetings as the board is new and we are still establishing our procedures and policies. We are we are aiming to reduce meetings to quarterly with sub-comittee meetings in between over the coming months. Meetings take place in London, but there may be the option of attending remotely.
We expect the trustee to spend around 3-4 hours per week on this role.
How to apply:
If you are passionate about improving the quality of education for refugees and want to be involved in growing a fresh new charity, we would love to hear from you.
To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role to below by 20th August 2019.
If you would like more information, please consult our website or follow us on Twitter @RefugeeEd_ or facebook /refugeeEd
If you are interested in supporting us but have less time to commit, you may be interested in applying as a Schools Ambassador, who will work with the trustee to encourage participation and fundraising through your local schools and teacher networks. Or, you may be interested in volunteering in Greece as an education mentor! See our other roles on CharityJob or visit our website for more info.
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