Trustee – Corporate Partnership Development

About us

The IARS International Institute is one of the world’s leading user-led NGOs with an international mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. We achieve our charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision making. We are recognised as a leader in creating new knowledge and forming public and expert opinion.

 

  • By empowering marginalised individuals of our society through accredited training, educational programmes, mentoring and one-to-one support
  • By acting as an international network of NGOs bringing together people and ideas to share best practice and engage in debates on current social problems
  • By carrying out action research and evaluation that is independent, credible, peer-reviewed, user-led, focused and current
  • By supporting individuals and grass roots organisations to carry out their own initiatives to shape decision-making and society, and by helping them to maximise their social impact
  • By being an authoritative, independent and evidence-based voice on current social policy matters.

Led by its Director, Dr. Claire Bonham and staffed with a dedicated team of experts, interns and volunteers, the IARS International Institute is known for its user-led robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems. We are acknowledged internationally for our expertise in justice, equality and youth. We have delivered projects in areas such as restorative justice, rehabilitation, human rights and inclusion, citizenship, public services and user-led research evaluation.

What difference will you make?

Your involvement will help us in achieving a fairer society, where young people and beyond; by helping us broaden awareness of our values and priorities and increasing our visibility across a wider audience. Your experience and knowledge of the UK Corporate and CSR sector will strengthen and compliment the skills of the current Board.

Benefits of being a trustee

You will be joining an active Board and your fundraising expertise will significantly help the organisation to reach their goals. You will pay a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction and future development of this successful charity who aim to make a real difference to young people and those who are marginalised.

A payment of up to £250.00 per quarterly or other board meeting of the charity shall be paid to each of the trustees of the charity to cover the time spent in preparation for and expenses of their attendance. It will only be payable upon attendance at the relevant meeting, either physically or remotely.

Trustee Role Description

Key tasks:

Specific Corporate Partnership tasks

  • Advise the Director and Trustees on how to access and develop corporate partnerships
  • Contribute to an income generation that will allow the organisation to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences including corporate fundraising opportunities
  • Work with the Director and trustees to develop a strategy for engaging creatively with corporate teams in order to build sustainable partnerships

General Trustee duties

  • Assist in ensuring that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document and legally operates
  • Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • Represent the organisation at functions and meetings as appropriate
  • Declare any conflict of interest whilst carrying out the duties of a trustee
  • Take collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • Abide by all relevant policies and procedures
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds
  • Ensure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities
  • Assist in the appointment and support Senior Managers and monitor their performance
  • Provide feedback on board papers, lead discussions, focus on key issues, provide advice and guidance on new initiatives
  • Attend meetings and to read papers in advance of meetings
  • Attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate
  • Participate in other task as rise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff, helping with fundraising

Person Specification

Essential

  • Understanding and experience of UK corporate engagement at a strategic level
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to duties as a trustee
  • Integrity and a commitment to the organisation and its objectives
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak your mind
  • An ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills

Desirable

  • Experience of working with charitable/not for profit organisations
  • Experience of the strategic marketing to define our ‘offer’ in relation to Corporate Social Responsibility teams

If you are interested in joining the Board please send your CV, covering letter and IARS-diversity-monitoring-form-2020 to Dr Claire Bonham: director@iars.org.uk  by Tuesday 30th June.