London Football Journeys is looking for a Treasurer to join our board. This is an exciting time as we implement LFJ’s strategy to strengthen and scale our core Schools and Ambassadors Programmes.
The board of trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of London Football Journeys, developing the charity’s aims, objectives and goals, and monitoring progress against these, in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.
About the Treasurer role
Our current Treasurer has been on the Board of Trustees since inception and has done a fantastic job supporting the charity to develop a robust financial framework and procedures. As he is now nearing the end of his 7 year cycle London Football Journeys is looking for a new Treasurer to join the Board. This is an exciting time as we implement the charity’s new strategy to strengthen our core Schools and Ambassadors Programmes and embed our work in the communities we operate in. We would particularly welcome applications from people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to ensure our Board reflects the diverse groups we work with.
While all Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the charity, including finance, organisational strategy and staff, the role of the Treasurer is to help the Director and Trustees carry out their financial responsibilities and strengthen the charity’s financial systems and procedures.
- To ensure LFJ and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the charitable and voluntary sector and in line with the charity’s governing document, continually striving for best practice in governance.
- To determine the overall direction and development of the charity and monitor progress through good governance and clear business planning.
- To be supportive of and safeguard the good name and values of the charity.
- To ensure the financial stability of the charity, including participation in fundraising and other events as needed
- To review and approve relevant policies annually to ensure that they reflect changes inside and outside the charity.
- To monitor the Director’s performance.
- Confirm the appointment of senior staff selected by the Director (this responsibility may be exercised by the chair on behalf of the board).
- Attend and take part in board meetings (4 a year), sub-committees as needed and occasional strategy days and other LFJ events
- Act in the best interests of the charity, beneficiaries and future beneficiaries at all times.
- Promote the charity in order for it to grow and maintain its relevance to society.
- Maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive/confidential information.
Responsibilities specific to this role
- Present financial reports to the Board in a format that helps the Board understand, plan and monitor the charity’s financial position; reports are not limited to but include management accounts; cashflow; reserves statement and a balance sheet.
- Advise the Board on how to carry out its financial responsibilities including the maintenance of appropriate policies for reserves and investments.
- Oversee the preparation and scrutiny of the annual accounts.
- Take a lead on the management of financial risk, including ensuring appropriate financial controls are in place.
- As we are a small organisation the Treasurer also supports the Director in administering authorisation of monthly payroll amounts (currently 1 PAYE staff member), pension contributions and returns to HMRC.
As the board are responsible and liable for the governance and functioning of the charity, they are accountable in varying degrees to a variety of stakeholders, including: service users, members, funders, the Charity Commission, and Companies House. Close attention must be given to the governing document to ascertain the type of organisational structure and the range of interested parties.
Term of office
Trustees are appointed for at least 3 years initially but there is an opportunity to pursue re-election with a maximum of serving 7 years on the board.
Trustees serve as unpaid volunteers; however, reasonable expenses such as travel costs will be reimbursed.
- Commitment to LFJ’s values, principles and objectives
- Ability to think critically with sound, independent judgement
- Willingness to engage in debate, give and receive constructive criticism and deal with difference of opinion
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a trusteeship
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- Able to maintain confidentiality
- Have the time available to ensure reliable attendance at meetings and other input into the charity
Expectations specific to this position
- Financial expertise, with a recognised accounting qualification and ability to scrutinise and probe financial statements, reports and balance sheet information
- An understanding of working in a small/medium organisation
- An understanding of and sensitivity to the particular situation of a registered charity
- Willing and able to undertake some financial administration to ensure appropriate financial controls in a small organisation
How to Apply
To apply for this role, please email your CV and a covering letter no longer than one side of A4 describing why you want to be the Treasurer, and what makes you suitable for the role to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 21st June 2021.
If you would like to speak to us to find out more about the role then please contact us at the same email address to arrange a call.