Charity Secretary

Charity Secretary

Ongoing role
J59730
At a glance

Skills

  • General management
  • Governance

Where

Glasgow, G2 1AL
Mainly at home, or remote opportunity.
Travel limit? Most Charity activites are carried out online. Travel expenses in the UK, to the AGM, are refunded.

Time

Either in or out of office hours The position requires at most 5 days of work, spread across a year, mostly at the applicant's convenience.

Charity Secretary for a self-funded Scottish charity which gives grants to charities in several fields including biodiversity conservation, international development and human rights. 

What will you be doing?

The Catrail Charity, a small, self-funded Scottish charity which makes grants to UK-registered charities in the fields of international development, biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, human rights and homelessness issues, is seeking an applicant for the post of Charity Secretary. This is a voluntary position requiring up to 5 days per year working from home.  The position is suitable for those seeking to contribute or gain experience in the Charity sector, particularly in one or more of the Charity's areas of interest.

Activities

  • as outlined in guidance-and-good-practice-for-charity-trustees.pdf, available on the OSCR website
  • minute the Charity's meetings (typically the AGM), act as a signatory on the Charity's bank accounts, remind the Chair of forthcoming admin.
  • participate in Charity activities, such as AGMs (participation can be by teleconferencing and other remote means)

The Charity's directors, with the exception of the treasurer, each have responsibility in a particular field in which the Catrail Charity is active. There are currently six directors, including the treasurer.  The Charity currently supports 12 charities.

What are we looking for?

1. knowledge of UK-registered charities which work in one or more of the Charity's areas of interest preferred

2. knowledge of the duties of trustees (see the OSCR website v10_guidance-and-good-practice-for-charity-trustees.pdf and trustee-duties)

3. sufficient knowledge of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, and other relevant legislation, to help the charity comply with relevant legislation

4. educated to undergraduate degree level and/or with relevant experience

5. a criminal records check will be required for the successful applicant

What difference will you make?

The Charity Secretary helps ensure the smooth running of the Charity, and ensure that the Charity's activities are carried out securely and with due diligence.

What's in it for the volunteer?

The position is suitable for those seeking to contribute or gain experience in the Charity sector, particularly in one or more of the Charity's areas of interest.  The Secretary is eligible to become a director, and welcome to shadow or take part in the Charity's discussions and activities in one or more of the Charity's areas of interest. 

Before you apply

Please submit your CV and a cover letter. If you have any questions, please email them to the address provided. We would be happy to discuss the role by phone if you need more information.
Causes
  • Environment
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Poverty relief
  • The Catrail Charity fields of interest are international development, biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, human rights and homelessness issues.