Purpose of the role
Citizens Advice North Herts (CANH) is an independent, local charity. Its work is governed by the Board of Trustees, who ensure that the charity is effectively run and meets its overall purposes and objectives. The Treasurer helps the trustees carry out their financial responsibilities and guides the financial wellbeing of CANH.
What will you do?
- Work with CANH staff, such as the Chief Executive Officer and Finance Officer, to monitor and report on CANH’s financial performance
- Ensure that all the finance and supporting financial systems of CANH are in order
- Maintain an awareness of how CANH is operating
- Regularly attend, prepare for and take part in meetings
- Actively contribute to setting policy and targets, defining goals, guiding strategy and evaluating performance
- Monitor whether the service complies with its governing document, whether it meets Citizens Advice standards and how well the advice needs of the local community are being met
- Ensure that CANH operates within its means and objects, and that there are clear lines of accountability for day-to-day financial management
- Support the development of CANH through participation in committees and agreed projects (or taking on specific responsibilities)
- After an induction for your role, take responsibility for your own learning and development
Desired skills and competencies
- Knowledge of bookkeeping or financial management and reporting
- Exceptional numeracy skills
- Some knowledge or experience of charity finances (preferred; not essential)
- Ability to interpret and explain financial information in an accessible way
- Effective listening, verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to exercise good independent judgement
- Be non-judgmental and respect views, values and cultures that are different to your own
- Be willing to learn about and follow the Citizens Advice aims, principles and policies, including confidentiality and data protection
- A commitment to undertake training in your role
How much time do you need to give?
There are four committee meetings and four trustee board meetings a year. These are a combination of virtual, hybrid and face-to-face and are held during the day or in the evening. You may also need to attend other meetings if you’re involved in specific projects, or meet with volunteers and staff occasionally within the local Citizens Advice. We can be flexible about the time spent and will consider applications from people living outside of the area, though you must be resident in the UK. Come and talk to us.
What’s in it for you?
- Flexible role which can be done from home
- Make a real difference to people’s lives
- Build on valuable skills, such as communication and decision-making
- Reimbursement of travel/parking expenses
- Boost your CV
- Work with a range of different people, independently and in a team
- Make a positive and lasting impact in your community
Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and we particularly welcome applications from disabled people, people with physical or mental health conditions, LGBT+ and non-binary people, and people from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
If you are interested in becoming our Treasurer and would like to discuss flexibility around location, time and how we can support you in this role, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01462 688000.