Treasurer

Treasurer

Trustee/Governor
J97820
At a glance

Skills

  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management

Where

York, YO1 6ET
Mainly at home

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
Quarterly Board meetings for 3 hours on Weds mornings and an early evening AGM. Other meetings as required with mix of remote and in YWCS offices

Deadline

31 Aug 2024

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How about becoming our new Treasurer at York Women's Counselling Service and helping to make a real difference to women's lives in York?

What will you be doing?

York Women’s Counselling Service is an organisation which is run by women* for women and our mission is to provide high-quality counselling for women experiencing problems as a result of emotional stress or trauma, when they need it, for as long as they need it and regardless of their ability to pay.  

We’re reaching out to women across York with financial expertise to invite applications to join our friendly and active Board of Trustees as our Treasurer.

Over the past two years YWCS has undergone a transformation of our processes and expansion of our services and sadly our current Treasurer is moving away from the city.  We’re therefore seeking to appoint an experienced finance professional to maintain the strength of our Board as we build a long-term financial plan to underpin our new three-year strategy to meet the challenges that increasing numbers of women face in their lives.

We are looking for someone with the skills, experience, energy and time to commit to our important work. Through a combination of strategic insight and support for our staff team, you can help us further build our financial resilience and good governance so that more women can receive the support that they need and deserve.

YWCS is a small and friendly charity and our work is guided by our core values and our commitment to promoting wellbeing and a positive organisational culture.  We are committed to the professional development of our trustees. You will be given a full induction and encouraged to take up training opportunities that benefit you and the YWCS

*It is an important part of our ethos that we offer a secure women-only environment where counselling is provided by women therapists in a service overseen by dedicated trustees who are also women. Sex and gender are key to the way we experience life and the difficulties we face. For women who have experienced trauma through sexual or domestic abuse or through physical violence a women-only service provides a protected space in which they can feel physically and emotionally safe. For some women who come to us their specific gender, religious or cultural needs can only be met in a women-only service.

What are we looking for?

  • Professional, enthusiastic, dependable, conscientious
  • Financial qualifications and experience 
  • Some experience of charity finance, fundraising and pension schemes 
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences 
  • Being prepared to make unpopular recommendations to the board 
  • A willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • Alignment with the values of York Women's Counselling Service

What difference will you make?

As a key member of our board you will help to ensure the continued and growing success of York Women’s Counselling Service.  By contributing your time, skills and experience, you will help us create new opportunities to expand our work, reaching more women in need and offering an evermore effective service in our local community. As Treasurer you will have a real opportunity to offer your unique skill set to help the strategic progression of YWCS. 

Before you apply

To apply, please send via the Reach link:

●  An up-to-date CV

●  A brief supporting statement explaining your interest in the role and how you believe you can contribute to YWCS’s work.

Recruitment Process

  • Interview with trustees and charity’s Director.
  • 2 references required as well as DBS clearance. You will also need to meet the Charity Commission’s Fit and Proper Persons Test
  • Formal election to become a trustee of YWCS
  • Structured induction session 

Any queries to liza@yorkwomenscounselling.org 

Causes
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Mental health
  • Women
  • Organisation type: 
    Charity

    York Women's Counselling Service (YWCS) is an innovative and growing charity which received the MBE for charities, Kings Award for Voluntary Service, in 2023. 

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