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Trustee and Chair of Finance & Audit Committee

Job Title: Trustee and Chair of Finance & Audit Committee
Location: London
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Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Trustee
Contact Name: Joanna Oniszk
Contact Email: joannao@privacyinternational.org
Job Published: June 10, 2020 11:21

Job Description

About Privacy International

Privacy International (PI) is a UK registered charity. Its charitable objectives are to promote the human right of privacy (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) throughout the world, and more specifically to:

  • Raise awareness of, conduct research about, and provide educational materials regarding threats to personal privacy
  • Monitor and report on surveillance methods and tactics employed against individuals and groups
  • Work at national and international levels toward the provision of strong and effective privacy protections
  • Monitor the nature, effectiveness and extent of measures to protect privacy, and seek ways through information technology to protect personal information

At a time when PI's work is at the fulcrum of a range of issues and demand on its time and expertise is greater than ever, the organisation is looking to become more public-facing and wants to build the Board’s capacity accordingly. This is not only to increase its funding base, but also to ensure that its work benefits from widespread public support and relevance.

Role specification

The Board has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that Privacy International maintains its institutional integrity while advancing its mission, values and mandate.  

Primary duties

The primary responsibility of the Board is to provide strategic leadership for the organisation by formulating and regularly reviewing its strategic aims in consultation with the senior staff, setting overall policy, regularly evaluating the charity's performance and ensuring that it complies with UK law.  

As a member of the Board, each individual has responsibilities that include:  

  • Making and reviewing major policy decisions, especially when they involve significant risks or shifts in direction
  • Providing guidance to the Executive Director as they develop PI’s strategic and annual work plans, and ultimately considering and adopting those plans
  • Approving PI’s annual budget, monitoring the financial health and integrity of the organisation by reviewing quarterly financial materials including the budget to actual reports, and audits (including management letters), ensuring that adequate financial controls are in place and approving decisions involving major financial obligations
  • Appointing the Executive Director and assessing their annual performance
  • Maintaining constructive relationships with the staff of the organisation, consistent with the general principle that the Executive Director supervises and is responsible for the work of the staff  
  • Evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the organisation’s work and ensuring PI’s overall programme is consistent with its mission, values, focus and priorities.

Board members are expected to:

  • Regularly attend Board meetings
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings
  • Serve as an active member of committees or task forces
  • Take on and fulfil special assignments as assigned by the Board or the Chair
  • Use specific skills, knowledge and expertise to help the Board members reach collective sound decisions
  • Ensure systematic, open and fair procedures for the recruitment / cooption of Board members and Chair  
  • Serve as an advocate for the organisation as required, including for specific issues or events
  • Work to establish links and access to, and credibility with, key constituencies; introducing staff members to significant individuals and institutions.

Board members will consider PI a philanthropic priority and will be expected to contribute to PI’s fundraising efforts as assigned by the Board.

The Board should be composed of members with:  

  • Demonstrable commitment to the organisation and its aims and objectives  
  • Organisational leadership experience or experience of serving on Boards
  • An appropriate and diverse set of skills, including members with experience in strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, NGO operations, communications and charity law.

Person specification

The ideal candidate would be a qualified accountant and bring senior-level charity finance management / oversight experience to effectively chair the Finance & Audit Committee, providing support for the internal finance function at PI. They would also have extensive experience working with charities, and ideally have experience with campaigns and fundraising. Prior Board experience is non-essential. Candidates should also be passionate and knowledgeable about PI's work, and be able to demonstrate an interest in the challenges that technology brings to privacy.

Required for this role

  • Charity finance: Demonstrate experience of issues relating to charity finance, preferably having led a finance function, or sat on the board, of a charitable organisation.
  • Trustee ready: Sitting on a trustee board requires the ability to take a more advisory approach than in executive roles. If you have not previously held any trustee or non-executive positions, you should demonstrate a track record of influencing the direction of your organisation at board level. If you already have significant trustee or non-executive experience, please detail this.

Desired for this role

  • Charity fundraising: Demonstrate a track record of successfully generating funding for a charitable organisation, including donor engagement and development.

Diversity

Privacy International welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. As members with disabilities and / or from minority ethnic backgrounds are currently under-represented on the Board, applications from those candidates would be particularly encouraged. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the organisation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

Remuneration and Term of Appointment

The role is unremunerated but reasonable and pre-agreed domestic travel expenses will be covered. Board members based outside of the UK have the option of participating by teleconference.

The term of appointment is for 3 years.

Process

Please send your CV and application letter to joannao@privacyinternational.org. The applications will be reviewed and considered by the Board’s Nominations Committee.

Deadline for applications: 25th June

Candidates can expect to be contacted by: 9th July

Candidates can expect the process to be completed by: 30th July

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