Board Member / Treasurer (voluntary)

Job Title: Board Member / Treasurer (voluntary)
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: Volunteer role - expenses paid
Reference: ECU
Contact Name: Anna Fielding
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 01, 2021 19:19

Job Description

The Economic Change Unit (ECU) works to accelerate the transition to a fair, sustainable and resilient economy. We build the power and effectiveness of our community of partners working for economic systems change, we coordinate campaigns and tactical interventions to influence economic policy and narratives, and we increase the reach and impact of new economy ideas, policies and practices. 

Our vision is of a world where all people and communities can flourish and thrive, and where nature and ecosystems are protected, planetary boundaries are respected, and the climate is stabilised. 

About the roles

As we enter our third year of operations, we are seeking to appoint two new Board members: one general Director and one Treasurer. 

ECU’s Directors collectively oversee ECU’s mission, strategy, finances and organisational development. They ensure that ECU is well-run and delivers on our ambition to catalyse the shift to a better economy. They are responsible for fulfilling the legal duties of a Company Director and, because ECU is focused on delivering a public purpose, some aspects of the role are similar to that of a charity Trustee.  

In addition to the responsibilities of all Directors, the Treasurer leads at Board level on monitoring ECU’s financial performance and sustainability, ensuring that ECU has robust financial policies and processes in place, and supporting other Directors to fulfil their collective responsibilities around finance. 

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to ECU’s vital mission, make an impact across the new economics movement, work with a talented team, and support a young, dynamic, values-driven organisation. Our Board is committed, collaborative and insightful, with a strong understanding of its role and remit, and an informal culture that enables open dialogue. ECU’s work is highly strategic and Directors are invited to engage with cutting-edge economic thinking and movement-building approaches. 

What we’re looking for

You do not need to be an expert in economic policy in order to apply for these roles, but you do need to be interested in and committed to our mission to accelerate the transition to a fair, sustainable and resilient economy.

In addition to the person specification for each role (set out in the recruitment pack), our priorities for this year’s recruitment are: 

  • People who are from a working class background, who have low or precarious incomes, or who have other lived experience of economic injustice
  • People who are Black or members of other minoritised ethnic groups
  • People with experience of serving on Boards, especially of early-stage, not-for-profit and/or purpose-driven organisations
  • People with experience of establishing or leading a civil society organisation, especially one that undertakes campaigning, advocacy, or movement building, or that primarily exists to support, coordinate or amplify the impact of other organisations 
  • People with experience of working in or with progressive businesses.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background. We believe this is crucial to ensuring the legitimacy and effectiveness of our work. We recognise that people face systemic oppression based on factors including their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability, and therefore we have a responsibility to centre anti-oppression in our work.   

We acknowledge that people from a number of communities are underrepresented in ECU and in the wider new economics movement, and we’re committed to doing what we can to address this. If you believe you would bring greater diversity to our team, we’re keen to hear from you. We are open to assisting with childcare or other duties that may prevent candidates from attending an interview. 

How to apply 

For full details of the roles and how to apply, please download a recruitment pack from  Applications will only be accepted via application form, as set out in the recruitment pack. 

Closing date for applications: 9.00 am, Monday 1 November 2021.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 17 November 2021. 

If you have any questions about the recruitment, or if you feel you could succeed in this role but don’t have all of the characteristics we’re looking for, please contact Anna Fielding on for an informal conversation.  

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