Job Title: Treasurer
Location: Unknown
Job Published: March 28, 2018 14:56

Job Description

We are looking for a woman who can offer 36 hours a year of their time to help us with governing a forward thinking, women-led organisation.  We are specifically looking a women* who has experience and interest in finance and accounting.

The overall role of the treasurer is to:

  • Maintain an overview of the organisation's financial affairs
  • Ensure the financial viability of the organisation
  • Ensure that proper financial records and procedures are in place and maintained

You will be working with the SARSAS Finance Manager and the SARSAS CEO.

General Responsibilities of Trustees

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects (the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are)
  • To provide firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • To protect and manage the resources of the charity
  • To employ and support the staff to manage the operation of the service
  • To have overall responsibility for managing the affairs of the organisation to ensure high quality services for victims of sexual violence
  • To ensure sound contractual management
  • To maintain membership and ensure:
    1. Compliance with legal requirements
    2. Trustees are appropriately inducted
    3. There is an appropriate skills and knowledge base on the Governing Body

Additional Duties of the Treasurer

  • Overseeing, reviewing and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements
  • Ensuring that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs
  • Ensuring proper financial records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate investments policy
  • Liaising with any paid staff and trustees about financial matters
  • Authorising payments as required
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation's strategic plans
  • Ensuring the organisation's compliance with legislation
  • Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies, e.g. Charity Commission and registrar of companies
  • Ensuring that the accounts are scrutinised in the manner required (independent examination) and that any recommendations of the examiner are implemented
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • Contributing to the fundraising strategy of the organisation
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way

Treasurer Person Specification:


  • Accounting qualification
  • Financial skills and experience gained in a professional environment
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • Commitment to the organisation and the willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.


  • Experience of charity finance

*The nature of the work undertaken means that this invitation is for women-only and exempt under Schedule 9 Part 1 Equalities Act 2010