Branch Vice Chairman

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Organisation: SSAFA - Merseyside

Location Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 8YE
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit Within 40 miles
Application deadline 31 Dec 2017
Opportunity type Ongoing role
Reference number J55834

Opportunity description

SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity provides lifelong support to our forces and their families. We are seeking a Vice Chairman for Merseyside who will help manage the strategic direction of SSAFA's operation in the Liverpool and Merseyside area.

The role

The vice chairman is responsible (alongside the Chairman) for ensuring the wellbeing, efficiency, organisational effectiveness and financial probity of the branch and, in conjunction with the branch president, for the reputation of SSAFA within the branch area.


Duties include the following functions and responsibilities:


  • Leadership of the branch and ensuring compliance with requirements of the Royal Charter and Rules, Regulations and other Council directives and policies.
  • Appointment of all branch and division officers and establishment of a branch executive committee. Ensuring appropriate and timely responses to potential office holders and those offering to become volunteers, participating in the selection process.
  • Maintaining close contact with all branch office holders and identifying candidates for succession planning and future appointments. Ensuring that branch members who are no longer able to meet the requirements of their roles are relieved of their duties and offered less demanding work within the branch. For possible breaches of the SSAFA Code of Behaviour see Section 2 of Our Volunteer Policy; advice should be sought from Central Office before taking action.
  • Raising enough funds for branch self-sufficiency by making fundraising arrangements to meet branch expenditure, including forming a fundraising committee, setting fundraising targets and ensuring effectiveness and legality of fundraising activities.
  • Ensuring the financial affairs of the branch and all divisions within the branch are managed in accordance with Regulations, Chapter 4, and that branch members are aware they should record their out-of-pocket expenses, which they are entitled to have reimbursed from branch and division funds.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of casework by ensuring caseworkers attend induction training, a caseworker course, refresher courses and branch training days.
  • stablishing and maintaining close links with local service units, SSAFA service committees, statutory and voluntary organisations; where applicable the occupants of SSAFA homes and houses; Central Office staff, including the Volunteer Support Manager (VSM), and the regional representative, who should be kept informed of branch matters and invited to the branch AGM, a training day and other appropriate occasions.
  • Convening the branch AGM and arranging and taking the chair for other meetings of the branch and its executive committee.

Required skills

  • Business development
  • General management
  • Volunteer management
  • Change management
  • Governance

Person description

  • A strategic thinker able to manage a diverse volunteer workforce.
  • Sound oversight of financial and operational management.
  • Empathy with the Armed Forces Family is essential.

What impact the opportunity will have

This role will help to sustain the charity's service delivery within the region that provides a positive and often life changing impact on the lives of the Forces family within the community.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

  • An opportunity to direct and manage a service delivery operation within Merseyside
  • Work as part of a committed a friendly team of volunteers and staff
  • A unique opportunity to add value to peoples lives within the Forces community The opportunity to develop service delivery within Merseyside

Time commitment

Either in or out of office hours

Minimum of 1 day per week.

Other details

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