Job Title: Treasurer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Salford
Salary: Unpaid Voluntary Role
Reference: J58693
Contact Name: TrusteeWorks Team
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 19, 2018 10:40

Job Description

Reach Volunteering are working with Citizens Advice Greater Manchester, a consortium of eight local Citizens Advice organisations working across the 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester to deliver effective advice services that empower individuals to improve their health, welfare and wellbeing, and live independent lives.

Citizens advice Greater Manchester are recruiting a treasurer to ensure that all the finances and the supporting financial control systems of the organisation are kept in order and to help ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuing its objectives.

Main Responsibilities

  • Guiding and advising the board in the approval of budgets, accounts and financial statements, within a relevant financial policy framework
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans and key assumptions in the operational plan and annual budget
  • Ensuring that all board members have a clear understanding of the accounts presented at meetings and the implications that they reveal
  • Understanding the accounting procedures and key internal controls to be able to assure the board that the charity's financial integrity is sound
  • Ensuring that a realistic budget is produced which meets all the organisation’s needs and that there is an appropriate reserves policy
  • Monitoring the organisation's income and expenditure position, and presenting reports to the board at least quarterly, in a format accessible to the board members
  • Ensuring that full financial records are kept for all transactions, and that proper financial procedures and controls are in place to safeguard the organisation's resources
  • Ensuring that money received is only spent on the purposes for which it was given, and, where required, ensuring that reports and accounts demonstrating this are submitted to funders
  • Ensuring that accounts are prepared at year-end in compliance with the SORP Accounting for Charities and making arrangements for them to be audited or independently examined, as required by the Charity Commission
  • Ensuring that annual accounts are submitted to the Charity Commission and/or Registrar of Companies, within the deadlines set
  • Presenting the accounts at the AGM and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and understandable way
  • Liaising with the CAGM Director about financial matters
  • Playing a key role in planning a clear fundraising strategy to raise money for future activities and developments
  • Chairing any finance committee, and reporting back to the full board.

Person specification

  • Financial qualifications or experience
  • Some experience or knowledge of charity finance, fundraising and pension schemes
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • Preparedness to make challenging recommendations to the board
  • Willingness to be available to staff to provide advice and guidance on financial matters.

What difference will you make

 Citizens Advice Greater Manchester is a new consortium that has taken on the important challenge of delivering effective advice services that empower individuals to improve their health, welfare and wellbeing, and live independent lives.  Last year Citizens Advice supported 98,000 vulnerable people and resolved 230,000 issues in debt, employment, family, welfare, benefits, housing, health, immigration, and support for individuals who are victims of crime across the 10 boroughs of the city region. CAGM therefore needs a Treasurer who can bring the specific skills, knowledge and experience they have to help the board of trustees reach the sound decisions they need to make to continue that important work.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

The role of Treasurer of Citizens Advice Greater Manchester is a unique and challenging opportunity to not only provide the specialist skills and experience of the Treasurer role but also assist in scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the area of the organisation's work in which the trustee has special expertise.

Time Commitment

The time commitment should be only a few hours a month, as needed.  There are no set days other than the monthly meeting of the CAGM Strategic Board. Additional electronic or telephone contact may also be necessary.

Before you apply

Applications must be made via Reach in the first instance. Please provide your CV.

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