Board Trustee

Job Title: Board Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Durham
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: REF-0221
Contact Name: Molly Byford
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 03, 2021 11:02

Job Description


St. John’s Common Room (The SJCR) is an independent educational charity (1155621), serving the students
of St. John’s College – an independent college of Durham University.

The charity encompasses undergraduates and postgraduates of St. John’s Hall and undergraduates, postgraduates, and those training for ministry and studying at Cranmer Hall. It endeavours to represent the interests of these students at college and university level. The charity also provides an expansive programme of sporting, cultural, recreational, and academic societies and events. Alongside this, The SJCR provides welfare support for students, organises major social events and is involved in outreach activities in the North East.

The charity was registered in 2014 and it has an annual turnover of around £110,000.

It is managed on a day-to-day basis by a combination of one member of staff and volunteers.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a trustee to support the development of the SJCR and assist in enabling the charity to fulfil its long-term strategic aims.


Applicants must understand and accept the responsibility for the legal compliance of the charity as well as financial oversight. They must also be committed to upholding the welfare of the students the charity represents.

Strong candidates will demonstrate relevant experience that will assist in achieving the above. They will also recognise the importance of the SJCR to strive for independence as well as recognising the unique nature of St. John’s College.

Desirable qualities:

We are particularly keen to receive applications from those who reside locally to Durham, have experience working in equality, diversity and inclusivity, and those who have legal experience.

We welcome applications from both alumni and those with no current connection to the college.


The board holds four full meetings a year, with supplementary meetings via video-conferencing throughout the year. When the ability to meet in person arises again, trustees are expected to attend the four main meetings in person.

Trustees are also expected to attend the AGM of the SJCR and to contribute to the life of the SJCR as far as is reasonably possible, such as through attending SJCR meetings, formal hall or through offering drop in sessions or career talks.

Reasonable costs incurred in fulfilling the position will be covered.

The Application Process

Please submit a CV and covering letter to the SJCR President by 12 March 2021.

Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, depending on candidate’s needs, with reasonable notice given.

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