22 days ago
Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) is a charity that believes everyone has the right to lead a life free from sexual abuse. PARCS offer a range of professional and compassionate services to support and empower anyone who has been impacted by sexual abuse and violence. It also provides an awareness, education and outreach programme, which challenges the cultures that normalise sexual abuse and encourages victim blaming.
PARCS are seeking individuals who have a strong passion for the work PARCS do. The Board of Trustees is jointly responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals. PARCS recognises that it would significantly benefit from a trustee who has experience in fundraising to;
- Assist the Board to see the bigger picture and bring a fresh perspective to fundraising plans and strategy
- Advise in the development and implementation of an integrated fundraising plan that is of high quality
- Support staff to broaden awareness of the charity’s values, priorities and impact, to contribute to the sustainability of the charity.
PARCS are looking for a trustee with experience and knowledge in;
- Fundraising/income-generation knowledge and/or business development background
- The UK charity sector would be desirable
- Building positive relationships with key stakeholders, fellow trustees and colleagues, to achieve the organisational objectives
- The professional field of sexual abuse and violence
- Promoting equality and diversity in the workplace
- Knowledge of digital or social media is desirable
- An understanding of the Code of Fundraising Practice.
Further to this, the following skills and understanding are important to PARCS, in seeking the most appropriate candidate;
- An individual who encourages an innovative and entrepreneurial fundraising culture and assess the cost benefit ratio of each planned type of fundraising
- Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication skills
- Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
- Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board, and a willingness to speak their mind
- Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad-hoc basis
- Willingness to attend Board meetings four times a year- unusually on a Monday evening from 6-8pm
- Good, independent judgement and strategic vision
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive.
The most effective Boards are ones which benefit from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets and PARCS welcomes individuals from a range of backgrounds, including those who have previously been service users to PARCS.
Trustees are expected to attend Board meetings four times a year - usually on a Monday evening from 6-8pm.
How to Apply
Applications should be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter stating why you wish to join the organisation and how your skills would add value to the board.