rustee with significant fundraising experience
Use your experience of the UK voluntary fundraising sector to help drive and support Oxfam’s strategic direction and be part of a worldwide movement of millions of people working towards one goal – an end to poverty for everyone
The Trustee Role
Oxfam GB is led by its Council of 12 Trustees, who are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity. Being an Oxfam GB Trustee is an influential and valuable role and you will make an important contribution to our current work and future direction.
Oxfam GB Trustees are often designated to lead our governance on a specific area of responsibility. On this occasion, we are seeking to recruit a Trustee who will increase the fundraising expertise on Council, support and challenge our fundraising (including strategy, performance and compliance) and who will also chair the Fundraising Committee.
A demonstrable commitment to Oxfam’s aims, values and work.
Credibility in your sphere of work and personal gravitas to help lead a major charitable organisation to deliver sustainable progress towards a bold mission.
Strong inter-personal and relationship-buiilding abilities.
Knowledge and Skills
An ability to contribute to the work of the Trustees, particularly through the application of the fundraising skills.
Understanding of the role of a Trustee and how Trustees can interact with Oxfam’s executive Leadership Team to best effect.
Proven significant experience of the UK voluntary fundraising sector with large NGOs engaging in a broad range of fundraising activities.
Experience of operating strategically at a board level or of leadership and management of organisations and networks.
Strong leadership and chairing skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together.
Time Commitment – and our Commitment to You
Your minimum commitment in an average year is likely to be about 15 days, of which 8-10 would be on fixed dates, planned well in advance. We encourage active participation and Trustees often give more time. Initial term of office is for 3 years, with the potential to be reappointed for a further 3 years.
There are four Council meetings a year, each lasting one and a half days – usually in Oxford. In addition, there are four meetings a year of the Fundraising Committee – which the successful candidate would chair – location flexible. We also ask Trustees to visit an Oxfam programme internationally once every three years – and you’ll be invited to attend occasional events to support the charity and asked to provide support and advice when appropriate.
This is an unpaid role but expenses are paid for attendance at Council meetings and other Trustee activities. Some employers encourage and enable trusteeship as part of wider career development and corporate social responsibility.
We’ll give you a full induction and ongoing development, including sessions at every Council meeting about our work and the Trustee role.
A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There’s enough wealth in the world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable. It’s not just their problem. It’s ours too. And with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. Tens of thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our fundraising, shops, campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.
Oxfam GB is a registered charity in the UK and is part of Oxfam International, a foundation of 20 affiliates sharing the aim of achieving a just world without poverty. We do this through our work with partners in 94 countries and by building a global movement for change. We are at an exciting stage of an internationalisation process whereby we and other Oxfams are joining together our programmes under “One Oxfam”.
If you believe you’re the candidate we’re looking for, please use this link to get more info and apply on Oxfam’s careers pages. If you have any queries before applying, please email our Head of Governance, Judeth Neville, on email@example.com
Closing date: 5pm Friday 30 June 2017
Interviews: Wednesday 26 July 2017 in London SW1
We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. To maintain the diversity of Council, we encourage applications from women, younger people and people from or with knowledge of Africa. Oxfam is a Disability Confident Employer: should you be unable to submit your application online and would prefer an alternative method, please contact Judeth Neville by email (above) or phone (UK 01865 472477).
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. 15 more years and we can end it for good.
To spread that change and make it last, political solutions are also needed to tackle the root causes of poverty and create societies where empowered individuals can thrive.
We will always act, we will speak out, and we won't live with poverty.