Federation for Victim Assistance: Board Members
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About Federation for Victim Assistance.
The Federation for Victim Assistance, founded in 2005, is a voluntary non-profit charity comprising fully trained volunteers offering emotional and practical assistance to all victims of crime and those who have experienced a traumatic incident. Our service is also extended to family members of victims.
We work closely in association with the various Garda Victim Services offices throughout the country along with other charities and organisations to provide confidential support to victims. Victims from all counties can avail of our services and we can be contacted directly and in confidence at any time.
The Federation for Victim Assistance is in the process of renewing our Board and is now seeking to recruit new Board members for the positions of Treasurer and Secretary, ideally with prior experience in these roles or with experience of senior management positions, from the private and public sector. In selecting and appointing new Board members, certain profiles will be prioritised to reflect the mix of skills, competencies, and experience now needed on the Board.
The key objective of the Board is to ensure that the FVA continues to be successful in its mission while also operating within the highest standards of governance, transparency, accountability, and in compliance with all legislation and regulation. The Federation for Victim Assistance board members will have the opportunity to contribute to the future development of the charity, while also developing expertise and experience in governance within the charity sector.
All Board members are expected to have a working knowledge of the voluntary sector in Ireland and be familiar with corporate governance requirements and legislation, such as the Charities Act 2009, the Charities Governance Code and Reporting in 2021, and the GDPR 2018.
Board members are expected to participate in advocacy in the best interests of the organisation and protecting and promoting the reputation of the Federation for Victim Assistance.
Board members will always contribute to the achievement of the organisation’s goals while practicing the highest standards of corporate governance.
Board members should be honest, fair, and independent
Board Member Commitments
It is essential that all Federation for Victim Assistance Board members participate fully at Board meetings, which occur approximately at regular set points in the year in line with our constitution, and as required for other board concerns. Documentation relating to Board meetings is distributed at least five working days in advance of Board meetings and meetings may be held via Zoom or in person.
There are two specific roles required at this time. If neither of these roles fits your current skills, we may have other recruitment points later in the year.
Role of the Treasurer:
The responsibilities of the Treasurer shall be to:
- Oversee the organisation's financial administration and generate financial reports
- Ensure accurate and complete financial reporting and proper maintenance of financial records
- Review and enforce financial policies and procedures
- Create monthly and annual budgets, managing cash flow, as well as regularly monitoring and comparing the actual expenses incurred against such a budget
- Regularly assess risks and how such risks should be mitigated
- Advise the board on financial strategy and fundraising
- Keep a calendar of filing requirements and deadlines and ensure they are all met in a timely manner.
Role of the Secretary:
The responsibilities of the Secretary shall be to:
- Ensure meetings are effectively organised and minuted. This will involve liaising with the Chair to plan meetings, receiving and circulating agenda items from committee members, circulating reports, taking minutes and circulating approved minutes, and checking that agreed actions are carried out
- The Secretary will also be responsible for checking quorum is present at meetings and elections are in line with procedure
- Maintain effective records and administration - Keeping up-to-date contact details of the Board and the ordinary members, filing minutes and reports, acting as custodian of the governing documents of the organisation, compiling lists of names and addresses that are useful to the organisation, and keeping a record of the organisation's activities and any future activities
- Communication and correspondence - It is the responsibility of the Secretary to respond to all committee correspondence and file all correspondence sent and received, keep records of organisations publications, and prepare a report of the organisation’s activities for the year for the Annual General Meeting.
Further information on the role of Secretary can be found here: https://www.charitiesregulator.ie/media/1722/the-role-of-the-secretary-….
If you are interested in applying for either the role of Treasurer or Secretary, or have questions about the role of the Board, please email email@example.com stating your name, current role and organisation. Please tell us a little about yourself, your skills, and the experience you would bring to the roles.
The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is September 24th, 2021. Interviews will be held remotely beginning October 4th, 2021. Please note a panel may be formed from interested applicants which will remain in place for 12 months.