We’re looking for an exceptional Communications and Policy specialist to become our new Trustee.

 

Role title: Trustee (Communications / Policy Specialist)

Term of office: appointments will be for an initial period of three years with the possibility of extension by a further three years

Remuneration: the Trustee role is unremunerated; properly incurred expenses will be reimbursed

Time commitment: Trustees are expected to contribute at least one day per month, including ad hoc activities and advice often by telephone or email. There is the opportunity for Trustees to become more involved than this and so an increased time commitment is possible if that works for all parties. Board meetings usually take place in London though are being held virtually at the moment.

The Trust embraces diversity and we want to diversify our Board in terms of skills, background and life experience. We welcome all applications and particularly those from women, BAME individuals and people with a disability as they are currently under-represented on our Board. We are willing to consider appointing an individual with no previous Board experience with the right mix of experience and purpose led motivation. If you feel this role is right for you, we want to hear from you.

Our Trustees provide a wealth of experience to support us in maximising the impact of socially driven tech. The ideal candidate will have the passion and commitment to match our own. They will be active and engaged not only in the Trust’s decision making but also in the Trust’s affairs more broadly as an ambassador and advocate, working with and supporting our CEO and the executive team to pursue our vison of social transformation as the driving force behind tech.

 

The responsibilities of a trustee are as follows:

> Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated purpose, as defined in its governing document

> Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations

> Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable purposes and for the benefit of the public

> Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets

> Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation

> Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place

> Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation

> Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds

> Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise. We have three sub-committees of the Board (Investment, Finance & Audit, Nominations & Remunerations) which trustees may sit on depending on their skills, experience and interest.

 

Person specification

Key attributes, skills and motivation:

 

Essential

> Passion for and commitment to the Trust’s vision of a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech

> A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

 

Strategic vision

> Good, independent judgement

> An ability to think creatively

> Able to offer a challenging and supportive contribution by drawing on own experience and insights

> An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship or a willingness to undergo the necessary training

> An ability to work effectively as a member of a team, including working in a positive and collaborative way

> Experience of building and sustaining high-value relationships with stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives

> A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

 

We are specifically looking for a trustee with experience in one or more of the following:

> Communications

> Policy

> HR (desirable but not essential)

 

Eligibility

> You must be eligible to serve as a Trustee and Company Director. If you have any questions about this then please contact hello@socialtechtrust.org.

 

How to apply

Please submit a CV and a supporting statement of interest, stating your motivation for applying for the position and addressing the requirements set out in the job description.

Please provide the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees relevant to this role. References will only be taken with your permission, once your application has progressed to offer stage.

Finally, please ensure that you have included a contact telephone number.

Applications should be submitted to Paulina Kowalke at hello@socialtechtrust.org.

 

Timetable

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on 26 February 2021. Please note that we will be reviewing applications and carrying out interviews throughout the recruitment period. Once a suitable candidate had been identified we will close the recruitment process so please don’t delay your application if this role is of interest.

If you have queries about any aspect of the appointment process or would like additional information, please contact Paulina Kowalke at hello@socialtechtrust.org.

 

Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Having worked with many organisations that champion equality, diversity and inclusion from all walks of life we’re committed to the same principles in our own employment practices.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

The Trust embraces diversity, and we want to diversify our Board in terms of skills, background and life experience. We welcome all applications and particularly those from individuals from racially diverse backgrounds and people with a disability as they are currently under-represented on our team. We also welcome applications from individuals who reflect the wide range of socio-economic backgrounds in the UK and are especially interested to talk to those that can bring lived experience of social challenges to the team.

We have tried to tried to simplify the requirements in terms of the attributes rather than experiences we are looking for to reflect this. We know lots of people, especially women and other minorities, do not apply for roles unless they hit all of the requirements listed in a Job Description – but the truth is these are normally wish lists. We’ve tried to simplify this out to what we actually NEED you to have and what would be nice if you had. Either way, if you feel this is the role for you, we want to hear from you.