Job description

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. That’s why we work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.

With over 20,000 volunteers, Samaritans supports those who need us most 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Through 201 branches across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, we provide our telephone listening service, as well as support via email, letter, face to face, and we will soon launch an online chat service. We are an important, influential voice across the UK and Ireland on issues relating to suicide prevention, through our proactive and far-reaching research, campaigns, and policy agenda. We also build alliances and meaningful partnerships across society to help achieve our vision that fewer people die by suicide.

We are looking for a fundraising expert to join our external Finance Committee. In particular we’re looking for someone who can interrogate plans and performance, with experience of the marketplace and the need for fundraising investment. The ideal candidate will have a background in fundraising and developing income generation strategies but also a passion for innovation, insight and above all ‘best in class’ supporter care.

The Finance Committee is responsible for monitoring the financial performance of the full portfolio for the organisation. It plays a key role in protecting the financial health and sustainability of Samaritans and our vision that fewer people die by suicide. The Committee is a formal advisory committee of the Board of Trustees and reports on its work, conclusions and recommendations to the Board on a regular basis.

We are seeking applicants who will provide independent and effective advice to help the committee fulfil its responsibilities in:

  • Monitoring and reviewing budgets, accounts and financial performance and making recommendations in response to identified areas of risk;
  • Monitoring and reviewing fundraising plans, investments and ongoing performance and making recommendations;
  • Assessing the investment and reserves policies for the organisation and reviewing performance.

Applicants for this role should have experience of senior fundraising roles.

About the role

Term: Committee members are usually appointed for a period of three years, with the possibility of a second three-year term.

Location: The role is home-based and may involve some travel within the UK. As a minimum, attendance is required at four committee meetings, either in person or via videoconferencing.

Remuneration: The role is voluntary.

To apply

Applicants should return a copy of their CV with a completed application form containing a personal statement how you meet the experience, knowledge and skills set out in the role description by Monday 27 July .

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview by video conference w/c Monday 03 August.

Additional documents
Finance Committee Member role profile (.pdf)
Posted on: 30 June 2020
Closing date: 27 July 2020
Tags: Fundraising, Governance

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.

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