RightsInfo is Looking for New Trustees - Could You Be a Perfect Fit? - RightsInfo

RightsInfo is Looking for New Trustees – Could You Be a Perfect Fit?

Passionate about human rights? Experienced in charity governance or a seasoned charity fundraiser? We may have the volunteer role for you…

Why Now?

Human rights protect us from injustice. They make our society fairer and more equal. But human rights are under threat globally from apathy, populism and the rise of far-right political groups. compounded by fake news, and echo chambers. Within the UK the human rights system remains fragile. Understanding of and support for human rights is low. Our mission is to change that.

Why RightsInfo?

RightsInfo is the UK’s most exciting digital human rights charity. We build support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully presented online human rights content. We are an innovative digital charity that uses engaging, accessible, beautifully presented and award winning online content such as infographics, stories, videos, explainers and quizzes to communicate about human rights.

Why Do You Need Me?

Having been a registered charity for just over a year, we are looking to expand our board with trustees who bring particular skills. We are currently looking to appoint two new volunteer trustees:

  • A Governance Trustee
  • A Fundraising Trustee

If you have previous experience of developing and/or advising on governance best practice in small and medium sized charities OR previous experience in trust and individuals fundraising AND you care about human rights, this is a brilliant opportunity for you to be involved in this dynamic charity. Experience or knowledge of charity finance is also desirable.

What Will I Be Doing?

The all important specification! Here’s what you’ll be up to if you want to apply for the Governance role:

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation/regulations
  • Assisting the Board in developing best practice in governance including the appropriate systems and mechanisms for oversight and scrutiny
  • Playing an active role in developing strategic business plan and monitoring the progress of the plan
  • Being an active champion of RightsInfo.

Ideally, you’ll also have these qualities:

  • Extensive experience in the charitable or voluntary sector ideally as a trustee/chair of the board
  • Experience of charity law and governance
  • Experience in financial management
  • An understanding of the governance challenges facing small to medium sized charities
  • Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication
  • Understanding of the human rights sector in the UK is desirable.

Fundraising more your thing? Here’s the job role:

  • To assist the Board to see the bigger picture; bring a fresh perspective to fundraising plans and strategy.
  • To support the organisation’s senior staff in developing fundraising strategy.
  • To monitor progress, hold fundraisers to account and ask the right questions about fundraising strategy and implementation.
  • To strategically assess where fundraising fits into the overall organisation strategy and to work with senior fundraising staff to ensure effective income generation is being achieved.
  • To encourage an entrepreneurial fundraising culture.
  • Be an active champion of RightsInfo.

Here’s the list of qualities you’ll have:

  • Experience of fundraising/income-generation for small/medium UK charities.
  • An understanding of the challenges facing small to medium charities in maximising income streams & donor cultivation.
  • Experience of diverse fundraising practices, including grant fundraising, corporate partnerships and philanthropic giving would be valuable.
  • Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication skills.
  • Understanding of the human rights sector in the UK and previous trustee experience are desirable.

For either role you will be required to commit roughly one day per month of your time, including six Trustee Board meetings a year. These are held in the evenings in London, but can be attended by phone if necessary.

Interested?

Please send a CV and a covering letter (max one page) explaining why you are interested in joining the board as a governance trustee (voluntary role) to joinus@rightsinfo.org before midnight on Sunday 24th September 2017

Please email the chair of the board at ali@rightsinfo.org if you have any questions about the role or RightsInfo.

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Natalia Rymaszewska

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RightsInfo is Looking for New Trustees – Could You Be a Perfect Fit?
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