Feb 082019

Chair - School Aid

Organisation: School Aid
Vacancy Type: Chair
Deadline: 8th March 2019
Region: Nation Wide

Vacancy Details


  • Remuneration: The role of Chairman is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed
  • Location: Hammer and Harp Farm, Wapseys Lane, Hedgery Green, Buckinghamshire SL2 3XJ
  • Time commitment: 4 Board meetings per year. The Chair is also expected to have regular meetings with the Chief Executive, and also represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders.

Reporting to Board of Trustees

School Aid is a UK and South Africa registered charity whose purpose is to enhance education and promote literacy among African children. This is done by collecting and distributing educational resources from the UK to under-resourced schools in Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania, creating sustainable school libraries and delivering literacy initiatives.

The UK Chairman works closely with the UK Board of Trustees and a small management team, headed by School Aid's UK Chief Executive, as well as liaising with the Chairperson of School Aid South Africa.

Job Description and person specification

The Chairman will hold the Board and Chief Executive team to account for the Charity's mission and vision; providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity to achieve agreed objectives.

Principal responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the Charity and its Board, ensuring that the Charity has maximum impact for its beneficiaries.
  • Ensure that Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the Charity.
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction for the Charity.
  • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks.
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the Charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability.
  • To be responsible for the performance of all aspects of governance, ensuring the clarity of roles and structures, and the effectiveness of all processes of governance.
  • To line manage the Chief Executive and ensuring the implementation of School Aid's strategy, plans and board decisions, and to deliver high quality governance of the organisation.
  • To make sure the board as a whole works in partnership with staff, and where appropriate offering specific expertise to support staff management activities.
  • To plan for succession among the board and for its chairman.

Main Accountabilities

  1. Ensure School Aid is compliant with its governing document; legal and charity requirements and regulations; and that the organisation monitors and addresses all major risks
  2. Oversee the development of School Aid's strategic direction with fellow Trustees
  3. Safeguard the charity, its reputation, efficient operation and financial stability, working closely with Trustees and staff
  4. Oversee the development and implementation of School Aid's policies
  5. Set the annual cycle of board meetings and set the meeting agenda
  6. Chair board meetings, confirm draft minutes for distribution and ensuring full discussion with contribution from all Trustees and monitor that decisions taken at the meetings are implemented
  7. Line manage School Aid's Chief Executive, liaising with and supporting her/him to deliver School Aid's objectives and to meet our targets,
  8. Take a leading role in the induction of new trustees and ensure that the Board of Trustees is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the charity effectively
  9. Maintain a dialogue and exchange of information with the Chairperson of School Aid South Africa in order to effectively deliver our joint mission and to promote initiatives that strengthen our relationship and enhance our collaboration
  10. Participate with School Aid's Chief Executive in staff appraisals/performance to ensure School Aid staff are managed in line with best practice.
  11. Represent School Aid as appropriate to the Chairman's role. Act as an ambassador for the charity, as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate and represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events

Core competences

  1. A commitment to School Aid and its mission.
  2. Strong strategic planning skills, able to develop vision and encourage others to contribute.
  3. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, able to liaise effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and audiences.
  4. Independent judgement.
  5. An ability to think creatively.
  6. An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  7. An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  8. Acceptance of Nolan's principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Personal attributes

  • strong leadership skills
  • tact and diplomacy
  • impartiality and the ability to respect confidences
  • commitment to equality and diversity

Advert Start Date: 8th February 2019
Contact Telephone Number: 01753883853
Contact Name: Clare Junak
Contact E-mail: office@school-aid.org
Url: www.school-aid.org

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