Honorary Treasurer

Job Title: Honorary Treasurer
Location: Edinburgh
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Honorary Treasurer
Contact Name: Simon Warr
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 24, 2021 16:51

Job Description

Objects of The Open Door 

The Open Door Edinburgh was established to promote the benefit and relieve the needs of elderly people, people with mental health problems and other persons who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress by providing a drop-in centre in Morningside, Edinburgh or elsewhere and other appropriate facilities for such persons to meet together in a place of relaxation and recreation. 



  • The Open Door aims to reduce isolation and loneliness by providing love, friendship, support, inclusion and a sense of community. 

  • The Open Door aims to fill a hole in a person’s life  


  • Loving  

  • Welcoming  

  • Empathic  

  • Caring  

  • Open and inclusive  

  • Professional  

  • Supportive 

Main Duties and Responsibilities  

All charity Trustees have a legal requirement and responsibility under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 to follow the general and specific duties detailed in the Act. 


The general duties are – 

  • You must act in the interests of the charity 

  • You must ensure the organisation operates in a manner consistent with the charity’s purpose 

  • You must act with care and diligence 

  • You must help manage any conflict of interest between the charity and any person or organisation who appoints charity trustees 


The specific duties are –  

  • Charity details must be kept up to date on the Scottish Charity Register 

  • OSCR must be kept informed of all changes relating to the charity 

  • Financial records and reporting must be submitted each year 

  • Taking control of how the charity raises funds 

  • Information about the charity must be made public 

In order to ensure the due diligence of the organisation, a Director / Trustee must be able to represent the vision and purpose of the organisation, while working with the rest of the Board in setting a standard of governance and financial control.  A Director / Trustee plays an important role in determining the effectiveness of the Board, and the success of the organisation, in achieving its goals. 


  1. General 

  • To work with the Board and organisation in achieving its vision, mission and values 

  • To help develop direction, strategy and planning for the Board and staff 

  • To represent the organisation as required: to communicate the organisation’s vision & purpose 

  • To work with the Board to ensure the organisation is run properly, responsibly and lawfully, following relevant legislation, and establishing policies and procedures where appropriate 

  • To work with the Board to ensure the charity is following the constitution and other governing documents, and that all Directors / Trustees and staff are aware of the legal requirements 

  • Understanding any potential risks to the organisation, and helping to plan appropriate counter-measures.  These might be risks to the organisation’s assets, reputation, members or staff 

  1. Management 

  • To attend the six-weekly Board of Director meetings and yearly AGM 

  • To help provide appropriate support for the staff  

  • To help ensure the provision of a duty of care to staff and volunteers 

  • To help facilitate, oversee, conduct or delegate change where necessary, while ensuring an adequate level of governance and financial control over the organisation 

  • To keep abreast of new legislation that may be relevant to the organisation 

  • To help ensure appropriate levels of clear and transparent communication 

  • To work with the Board and staff to ensure all obligations to regulators are met e.g. The Care Inspectorate, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), Companies House, HMRC 


  • A willingness to work with the Board to direct and manage the organisation  

  • An ability to make and take decisions in a timely manner where required 

  • An ability to delegate where necessary 

  • Display tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion 

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills 

  • Integrity and confidentiality 

  • Good team player 

Other Advantageous Qualities 

  • A knowledge of the third sector and its legal requirements 

  • A knowledge of the Scottish Social Care system and its legal requirements 

  • An understanding of the needs of older people, and the impacts of loneliness and isolation 

The above list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive and a range of additional tasks may be required on an ad hoc basis. 

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