We're recruiting a treasurer

 

 

 

Refugee Info Bus is seeking a new Trustee - Treasurer

We are looking for someone with the skills, experience, energy and time to commit to our vital work. Our Board is responsible for the governance of Refugee Info Bus. The Board does not directly manage the day-to-day work, but provides oversight, shaping organisational strategy and supporting our staff and volunteers. We are more hands-on than most charity boards. 

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience in financial management. Previous board experience is absolutely not essential. We support and encourage diversity. We are especially interested in hearing from people with lived experience of migration and those from the LGBTQ+ community.

About Refugee Info Bus

Our mission is to support refugees and displaced people on the move, or who have just arrived in Northern France, with multilingual, accessible information and support, as well as phone charge, Wifi, basic mobile phones and battery packs. We are a small organisation with a turnover of less than £100,000 / year and a team of 6-8 volunteers.

Being a member of the Board

Board members are unpaid, but travel expenses to meetings are reimbursed. These usually take place online over Google Meet. All trustees are expected to attend a 1 hour meeting every two weeks. 

In addition to attending Board meetings, Board members usually commit to undertaking small pieces of work in-between meetings, including (but not limited to) reading meeting minutes, supporting the info bus team and carrying out agreed actions. 

In total, a trustee should expect to dedicate 10-12 days per year to Refugee Info Bus work. We have a whatsapp group for trustees to stay in contact, and each trustee will be given a Refugee Info Bus gmail address. 

Treasurer Responsibilities

The Treasurer is the board member with an oversight role over all aspects of financial management, working closely with co-ordinators and the other members of the board to safeguard the organisation’s finances.

Our financial setup is very straightforward with one bank account and simple, consistent monthly spending. The Treasurer role at Refugee Info Bus, in addition to general trustee board responsibilities, involves the following tasks:

  • Working with the accountant to ensure the board understands the charity’s financial position on a regular basis

  • Holding regular meetings of a finance sub-committee

  • Advising the board on how to carry out its financial responsibilities

  • Liaising with professional advisors when required

  • Overseeing the preparation and scrutiny of annual accounts

  • (Desirable) Being a signatory on the Refugee Info Bus bank account

 

Main Responsibilities of all Board Members

  1. Understand and comply with the legal responsibilities of a charity trustee as set out by the Charity Commission, including the filing of annual reports and accounts. Demonstrate personal integrity and uphold the Refugee Info Bus values and code of conduct and preserve its reputation.

  2. Ensure that everyone involved in Refugee Info Bus understands and complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

  3. Maintain an understanding of the needs of the charity’s intended beneficiaries, its services and operations, the external environment and the charity’s risks and opportunities. Use good judgement and creative thinking to support the review and development of strategic plans and evaluate performance against agreed plans, policies and targets.

  4. Ensure honest and efficient management of the charity’s finances and fundraising and ensure Refugee Info Bus uses its resources to pursue its charitable objects. Keep and regularly review accounts to maintain oversight of financial sustainability.

  5. Hold regular, collaborative and inclusive board meetings, help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. Work effectively as a team, with each trustee evaluating or offering advice on areas in which they have particular expertise. Ensure that proper records are kept of board meetings, decisions and actions, and promote efficient administration of the charity.

  6. Engage with Refugee Info Bus staff and volunteers as well as colleagues on the Board. Be a supportive presence and a good listener to the staff and volunteers of Refugee Info Bus and promote best working practices. Follow and promote the Safeguarding Terms of Reference, engage with RiB’s work on safeguarding to create a positive safeguarding culture and help us keep people safe.

  7. Take an active role in promoting and representing Refugee Info Bus effectively to other stakeholders, including donors. Take part in events. Contribute specific interest and contacts in support of Refugee Info Bus communications, fundraising and external engagement work.

 

Treasurer - Trustee Specification 

Knowledge and Experience

  • An interest in the work of Refugee Info Bus 

  • Experience of financial management across an organisation and/or of budgets above £100,000 within an organisation 

  • Experience creating and monitoring budgets

Key Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, being able to engage with all staff/volunteers as well as colleagues on the Board.

  • Personal integrity – sharing Refugee Info Bus’s values.

  • Incisive and insightful thinker able to contribute to creative thinking.

  • Good communication and listening skills.

  • Collaborative, inclusive and persuasive.

 

Application Instructions

Please submit your CV and a 1 page letter of interest responding directly to the criteria outlined for the role via Charity Job: https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/refugee-info-bus/trustee-treasurer/765873?tsId=8

If you have any questions about the role and the work of our Trustees please contact timothy@refugeeinfobus.com.