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Branch Treasurer, SSAFA Somerset

Job Title: Branch Treasurer, SSAFA Somerset
Location: Somerset
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Reference: Branch Treasurer
Contact Name: Nigel Noble
Contact Email: nigel.noble@somerset.ssafa.org.uk
Job Published: June 13, 2019 14:44

Job Description

SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND FAMILIES ASSOCIATION (SSAFA)

BRANCH TREASURER - SSAFA SOMERSET 

Background 

There are some ninety SSAFA branches in the UK, and their core purpose is to provide a caseworking service to former members of HM Forces and their families. Branches are staffed largely by volunteers. Many are former members of HM Forces themselves, but increasingly new volunteers are coming from a wide variety of professions and trades.  

SSAFA Somerset 

The Somerset Branch is chaired by Rear Admiral Andrew Gough. It is administered by the Branch Secretary, John Forrest, a retired senior police officer. The Branch has four divisions: Bath & Frome, North Somerset, South Somerset and Taunton & West Somerset. Each division is led by a divisional secretary who coordinates the work of volunteer caseworkers. A caseworker will meet with the individual (the ‘client’) and assess their needs. On-line applications are then made to relevant grant giving military and/or civilian charities for support. The whole process of applying for funds is known as 'almonisation'. In 2018 the branch handled 236 cases. 

Financial Operations 

Finance operations are controlled via the Branch Finance Hub, which turns over @ £300k p.a. Two home-based, part-time, Assistant Treasurers are employed to carry out the bulk of the accounting work and liaise with caseworkers. The main role of the volunteer Branch Treasurer is one of oversight, accounting for administrative and restricted funds, and preparing management reports.  

Strategic Role 

The Branch Treasurer is a member of the Executive Committee and advises the Chair on financial strategy and budgetary matters.  

Time Commitment & Location 

This is a very rewarding, home-based role, and one that requires some flexibility in terms of time across the year. The SSAFA financial year is from 1st January – 31st December. The post holder will also attend @ four meetings a year and take part in the AGM (April), and the annual training day (October). On average the post holder will need to commit @ five hours a week to the role. Ideally, he or she should be resident in Somerset or on its borders. 

Key Skill Requirements 

A desire to support ex-members of HM Forces. Familiarity with accounting processes and the management of funds. Some experience of digital accounting systems. A team player and good line manager. Ability to balance strategic requirements against financial reality and advise accordingly.  

For further information please contact the current Branch Treasurer, Nigel Noble, on 01963 31071 or email him on nigel.noble@somerset.ssafa.org.uk.  

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