At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • General / operations management


Gerrards Cross, SL9 7QE
Mainly at home
Travel limit? As with all our trustees, we expect our Secretary to live within 15 miles of Gerrards Cross.


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
We expect the secretary to spend on average 1-3 hours per week working on Careers Springboard matters. Some Monday participation will be expected.


30 Jun 2022

Careers Springboard is a registered charity based in Gerrards Cross, Bucks. Volunteers provide free help/direction/coaching on Zoom to redundant, unemployed professionals, and graduates who seek employment. We seek a volunteer Secretary. 

What will you be doing?

Careers Springboard is a registered charity, self-help group, established 30+ years ago in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, staffed by volunteers, providing help and guidance to redundant and unemployed professionals, managers and to graduates who seek employment. The Secretary would participate online in a few of our Monday evening meetings, and our four times a year Executive Committee meetings including AGM where the Secretary would take the Minutes and circulate to the Executive Committee. 

There is a virtual programme of weekly Monday evening meetings on job search skills such as CV preparation, Internet job search, telephone techniques, networking, Linkedin, interview preparation etc.  Job seekers participating in Careers Springboard extend throughout the UK due to our online operation which is likely to continue long term. Occasional face-to-face meetings in Gerrards Cros, Bucks, will still be required.

Joining Careers Springboard as a volunteer provides unique opportunities for those who wish to undertake activities which will benefit the community and which will enhance a personal sense of achievement.

A Secretary volunteer is required to ensure that Executive Committee meetings (four per year) and other meetings are properly administered, to work with the Treasurer to ensure that the list of Trustees is up-to-date and accurate for the Annual Report that goes to the Charity Commissioners, and to ensure that policies are regularly reviewed.

The Secretary volunteer will be organised and methodical, able to keep accurate records, have knowledge of the Careers Springboard Constitution and Charity Commissioner's requirements for a small charity, and be able to give clear and authoritative advice on procedural matters.

Time commitment will be assisting occasionally at the virtual weekly Monday evening meetings, organising and taking Minutes at four virtual committee meetings per year and 1-2 hours admin/secretarial work per week.

What are we looking for?

  • The volunteer secretary will live in the South Bucks area with easy access to Gerrards Cross, our base.
  • A good command of spoken and written English is vital.
  • Experience of taking Minutes online plus arranging and recording meetings
  • Knowledge of basic Company and Charity Law will be preferable.
  • Experience of working within a team of volunteers/self-help group would be a bonus
  • An enthusiasm for supporting and advancing the role of a well established, registered charity
  • Needs a basic IT knowledge - sending emails, keeping records, formulating documents, taking Minutes of meetings

What difference will you make?

Over 30 years, Careers Springboard has helped 3,500+ job seekers get back into work. Our activities are "on the go" all the time as job seekers join us, seek a variety of services from us, and then move on. Our Secretary needs to "keep on top" of what is going on with records, Minutes, policies etc. We owe it to our sponsors, the Charities Commission and supporters to "keep our house in order".

A good volunteer Secretary will enable Careers Springboard to maintain accurate records of meetings and developments, providing advisory support to fellow members of the Executive Committee who are all Trustees of the charity.

Files will be tidy and useful to the Executive Committee.

The secretary will work closely with the chairperson on a weekly basis.

The secretary will observe and follow closely our services to job seekers - CV preparation, Interview techniques, TMAY - Tell Me About Yourself, Networking, Internet job search, Managing challenges,  Transferable skills analysis, Rebuilding confidence, Starting a new business, Interim management, Linkedin, 1-2-1 coaching, counselling.

To graduates we offer valuable support in starting and developing careers, one-to-one coaching from qualified professionals plus assistance in producing a powerful CV in order to secure job interviews. 

All our services are free to Careers Springboard members/job seekers.

What's in it for the volunteer?

As Secretary you will have the opportunity to work closely with a lively team of Trustees and volunteers. Your occasional participation in our Monday evening Zoom meetings will give you a chance to see at first hand how we help a wide range of people with their job search. 

Careers Springboard is proud of its record over 30 years in leading over 3,500 job seekers back into employment. The challenge for the volunteer Secretary is to administer this registered charity competently and positively in order that the unique service to job seekers can continue to be successful.

It is anticipated that the Secretary will ultimately be invited to be a Trustee.

A few more details

Careers Springboard undertakes to respond within a few days to any enquiry or application for this Secretary position.

Before you apply

Applications should be made in writing via Reach.

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  • Careers Springboard is a registered charity, self-help group, established over 25 years ago in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, staffed by volunteers, providing help and guidance to redundant and...