Reports to: The Chair of the Board
Working Hours: 4 to 10 days per annum
Salary: £2000 per year
Before applying to this role, please read our Board Member Recruitment Pack.
At ACH, our vision is to empower refugees and migrants who reside in the UK to lead self-sufficient and ambitious lives. We provide tailored integration services across the West Midlands and South West that not only help individuals but also disrupt the systems that have entrenched inequalities in our society. In 2021 alone, we helped 1000+ people to achieve their personal goals and lead fulfilling lives in their new country.
By working with us at ACH, you will be supporting refugees and migrants to build a better, brighter future.
Purpose of job
- Provide appropriate oversight, governance and leadership of the Organisation in pursuit of its strategic aims
- Add value to the Organisation by contributing experience, expertise and insight
- Establishing clear objectives to deliver the agreed plans and strategy and regularly review performance against those objectives
- Ensuring the effective implementation of board of director decisions by the chief executive and the senior management team
- Ensuring the long-term sustainability of ACH and its subsidiary company Himilo
- Ensuring that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and that the board is kept fully informed through timely and relevant information
- Promoting the highest standards of corporate governance in compliance with the Economic and Consumer Standards of the Regulator for Social Housing and the NHF Code of Governance
- To act in the best interests of the Association at all times
- To uphold and comply with the Association’s codes of conduct, governance, standards, probity or similar
- To uphold and promote the core policies, purpose, values and objectives of the Association (including its commitment to equal opportunities), and to proactively develop an understanding of the Association’s strategic context to facilitate this
- To comply with the Association’s policies, procedures and standing orders as set and amended from time to time by the Board
- To perform duties with reasonable skill and care, ensure that the activities of the Association fall within the permitted objectives and are exercised in accordance with its powers, and use powers solely for the purpose for which they are conferred
- To contribute to and share responsibility for decisions of the Board and/or any committee from which they are from time to time a member
- To attend induction, training and performance review sessions and other such sessions or events as are reasonably required by the Association
- To prepare actively for meetings by reading papers and, where necessary, seeking clarification in advance
- To represent the Association when requested
We are looking for individuals who possess experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Risk and Audit
- Financial management
- Governance and compliance experience of small Housing Association
- Refugee Lived Experience
- Understanding the housing, support and skills needs of newly arrived communities
As well as:
- A senior track record in organisational development or strategic leadership from either an executive or non-executive role.
- An appreciation of business and community development
- Business effectiveness and transformation
- Experience of operating effectively at senior levels within an organisation, and a proven ability in influencing decision making.
- Empathy with the purpose of the social housing and/or direct experience of working in the sector with knowledge of refugees and addressing deprivation
Skills and knowledge
- Ability and vision to lead, inspire and represent the organisation, giving a clear sense of strategic direction
- Clear understanding of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of directors
- Skills and experience of presenting views with knowledge and understanding of the wider strategic context
- Clear ability to distinguish risk and opportunity
- Ability and skills to listen and allow others to make contributions, challenge in a constructive way and build consensus through persuasive discussion.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Able to read, understand and analyse both written and numerical reports presented to the Board for decision and information and to draw out points for discussion
- IT and digital literate and able to review and analyse large and complex data
- Ability to make balanced and informed decisions, analysing performance, financial and other information
- Ability to balance the social and commercial aspects of the position
- Sound financial awareness and a strong understanding of the Association’s strategic context
- Able to be an ambassador for the organisation, operate effectively at all levels and committed to developing positive external relationships at the local, regional and national levels that generate confidence and respect
- The highest standards of ethical behaviour, and expectation of the same in others
- Genuine commitment to the Association’s values, vision and mission, and role
- Positive and constructive approach to the role of the Board
- A personal commitment to self-development and learning, and diversity and inclusion
- Goal-focused, positive and resilient
- Self-managing, taking responsibility for own behaviour and development
- Committed and adaptable, and with sufficient time to undertake the role
You must not have a conflict or duality of interest which could jeopardise your ability to act at all times in the best interests of the Association. Due to the nature of this post, an enhanced DBS check will be undertaken for successful applicants, but only with their prior consent. Applicants need to have right to work in the UK to be considered for this role.
How to apply
Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing:
- Why you are applying for this role at ACH
- How you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the role.
We may close this role early, so please apply ASAP to avoid disappointment.