CLOSING DATE: Ongoing LOCATION: Emmaus Oxford TYPE: Trustee

Trustee  job description

To utilise his/her personal skills, experience and knowledge to help lead the community in its provision of services.

The Trustee is expected to be an active and contributing member of the Board, ensuring compliance in all areas of legislation, policy and procedure and setting the strategic direction of the Community.

Our Board comprises skilled individuals who provide guidance and strategic direction as a full Board and within various sub-committees and specialisms. Trustees with a wide range of skills and experience are needed to ensure we retain a diverse Board.

Trustees with knowledge and skills within the areas of training, personal development, education and finding employment are particularly welcome.

Statutory duties

  • Ensure that Emmaus Oxford complies with its governing document, Charity and Company Law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that Emmaus Oxford pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • Ensure Emmaus Oxford uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • Give firm strategic direction to Emmaus Oxford, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of Emmaus.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of Emmaus Oxford.
  • Ensure the financial stability of Emmaus Oxford.
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • To sit on an appropriate sub-committee or advisory group
  • To attend appropriate training events
  • From time to time, attend functions and other meetings in the interests of Emmaus.

Other Duties

In addition to the above, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience he or she has to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise

Time Commitment

Trustee Board Meetings are held roughly every six weeks on a mutually convenient evening from 6pm to 8.30pm at the community.
There are also ad-hoc meetings and an annual AGM which Trustees are expected to attend. Where a Trustee takes on additional responsibilities, they should make themselves available to fulfil these duties and meet the needs of the Community.

Person Specification

  • Commitment to the values and ethos of Emmaus
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

Although the post of trustee is unpaid it will provide you with a wealth of new experiences and great satisfaction.

If you would like to apply for this role, or would like more information, please contact Emmaus Oxford Chief Executive, Eddie Blaze: [email protected]