We are looking to recruit creative and passionate individuals to join our strong trustee team to provide effective governance for the Baca Charity.
Job Title: Trustee (General) – with one or more areas of core expertise
Responsible to:Chair and Board Members
Salary: Non-salaried post
Level of commitment required: 4 Main meetings a year (evenings). The member may also be linked to a sub-committee who meet prior to each main meeting. Additional time may be assigned to visit staff and the offices and for reading and additional research.
Genuine Occupational Requirement: Must strongly align with Baca's Vision and Values
- To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document - sometimes known as a trust deed, constitution, or articles of association.
- To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
- To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives - the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how 'charitable' and 'worthwhile' those activities are.
- To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
- To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
- To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
- To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation's funds.
- If the organisation employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his or her performance.
With other trustees, to hold the charity ‘in trust’ for current and future beneficiaries by:
- ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these;
- being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour;
- ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements;
- acting as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application;
- ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard;
- providing expert knowledge to the Board in their specialist area;
- where appropriate, challenging the Chief Executive and Chair of Trustees to ensure that the Board as a whole works in partnership with executive staff
Scope and Limits of Authority
No individual trustee, including the Chair, has authority unless specifically acting on behalf of the Trustee Board or with delegated authority of the Board. Collectively trustees have authority; individually they do not.
The Baca Charity is currently looking for people with expertise in at least one of the following areas:
- Property/social housing including an understanding of HMO licensing, housing regulations and local property market/trends.
- Relevant national and local policy.
- Fundraising experience particularly developing donations from individuals (direct marketing), community fundraising and the use of social media in fundraising.
Ideally candidates will also have a good local network of people and/or organisations in the East Midlands or Cambridgeshire.
Level of Commitment
All trustees are required to attend quarterly evening Board meetings. Board meetings usually take place at the Baca main office, Loughborough, Leicestershire.
In addition to reading papers and preparing for meetings/conference calls, Trustees may be called upon for specific advice if they have particular expertise in a given area.
According to their individual skills and experience, Trustees may also be invited to serve on Baca’s Finance or Human Resources Committees or on ad-hoc Working Groups. Committees meet quarterly, usually in advance of Board meetings.
Trustees receive no salary; however reasonable expenses are paid.
Term of Service
Trustees are invited to serve on the Board for a five-year period, at the end of which they may be re-elected. They must be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
- Charity Trustees role and function
- Expert in specific area of Charitable Operation (see areas of Technical Expertise listed in Job Description above)
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
- Experience of being a Trustee in charitable organisation is desirable but not essential
- Of working in teams, contributing to group decision making
- Strong ability to think strategically
- Ability to communicate your ideas verbally and in writing to other board members
- Ability to relate to others with cultural sensitivity
- Capacity for self-reflection and active learning
- Ability to work in a team
- Ability to make decisions and influence others
- Commitment to Baca’s vision and values
- Be willing to undertake training in the role
- A team player, able to encourage and maintain focus during periods of pressure
- Commitment to equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace
- A willingness to meet the minimum time commitment
- Integrity, Selflessness, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership
- Motivated by compassion
- An ability to think strategically
- Good, independent judgement
- Ability to think creatively
- Willingness to speak their mind
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of Baca.
- Capacity for self-reflection and active learning