Trustee Vacancy – Arkbound Foundation CIO
Trustee Role Description
Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard. As well as the various statutory duties, any trustee should make full use of any specific skills, knowledge, or experience to help the board make good decisions.
We are looking for a person with an interest and commitment towards making literature accessible to disadvantaged people and communities, in the forms of creative writing, writing for wellbeing, having a voice, receive mentoring, getting published; towards social prescribing, social integration, and improving equality and diversity in writing, publishing and journalism.
Skills or experience in charity or social enterprise management, like governance, fundraising, teamwork, overseeing projects or finances, charity banking, supporting staff and volunteers.
Remuneration: The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed.
Location: Bristol area
Time commitment: Minimum of 3 hours a month, which includes 4 - 6 Board meetings per year, some via Zoom, as well as supporting our charity’s overall aims.
Reporting: to the Board and Chair of Trustees
General Description: The important role of a Trustee is to ensure that Arkbound Foundation fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries through its charitable activities and delivers on our vision, mission, and values.
Our vision: To make literature accessible to all and to provide opportunities to disadvantaged people in journalism and publishing.
Our mission: To open up the world of literature, journalism and publishing to everyone through delivering mentoring, workshops, events and sponsorship. We believe that empowering people through writing is a way towards building a stronger, fairer, and more enlightened society.
Our values: Open, inclusive, democratic, ethical, creative, cooperative, and inspirational.
The statutory duties of a trustee are:
To ensure the organisation complies with its trust deed, constitution, or articles of association.
To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its trust deed.
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.
Qualities of a Trustee
Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of Trusteeship.
Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
Good, independent judgement, political impartiality, and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.
Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.
Experience of committee work.
Some experience of charity finance, charity fundraising.
Leadership skills exercised through a period change.