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Treasurer, Board Member

The organisation
Rewrite is an award-winning and dynamic registered charity which fights prejudice and injustice by bringing together young people from different backgrounds through the power of drama and creative writing.

Based in London, Rewrite is seeking a Treasurer to join the highly committed and effective Trustee Board. The existing Treasurer is stepping down after a number of years, but will remain a Trustee to support a smooth handover to the new Treasurer.

The role
The Treasurer plays a vital role at the heart of Rewrite. S/he is responsible for:
•Overseeing the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
•Ensuring proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
•Monitoring and reporting on the financial health of the organisation.
•Overseeing the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.

The role is multi-faceted and is part of a close-knit team. The Treasurer takes the lead in the following activities:
•Liaise with Rewrite staff (the Director and Project Manager), the Trustee Board and volunteers to ensure the financial viability of the organisation.
•Make fellow Trustee Board members aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
•Regularly report the financial position at Trustee Board meetings (balance sheet, cash flow, fundraising performance etc).
•Oversee the production of an annual budget and propose its adoption.
•Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place, ie:
o Cheque signatories and bank account authorisations.
o Purchasing limits.
o Petty cash.
o Authorise payments to creditors as appropriate.
o Salary payments.
o Pensions, PAYE and NI payments.
•Appraising the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.
•Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner.

The individual
Rewrite is seeking an energetic, engaged and enthusiastic individual for this voluntary role as Treasurer. The time commitment would be around 4-8 hours per month. The ideal candidate would have:
•Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management.
•Good financial analysis skills.
•Ability to communicate clearly to non-experts.
•Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations would be helpful.

How to Apply
If you are interested in this role, please send a CV and covering letter to Emma Hewitt, Rewrite’s Director, at [email protected] by Sunday 10 September 2017.

The recruitment process will comprise an initial telephone discussion with the existing Treasurer on Wednesday 20 September, followed by a panel interview with existing Trustee Board members on Saturday 30 September.

Please note: All Rewrite Board members are required to undertake a DBS check and references will be requested before the appointment of the Treasurer is confirmed – we reserve the right to contact any previous or current employer.

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteers make a vital contribution in helping Rewrite achieve its aims and objectives. Rewrite is committed to involving volunteers directly within the organisation to:

• Form our board of management
• Contribute to the delivery of our services
• Provide different skills and perspectives
• Offer opportunities for participation by people who might otherwise be excluded, as supported by our equal opportunities policy.

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support our projects. If you would like to get involved in our work please contact Farha at [email protected] or on 0207 358 7732.

“My experience with Rewrite has been fantastic. I’ve felt thoroughly valued and supported throughout. It has been great to see firsthand the positive impact the sessions have on the young people attending and has also been crucial for my own personal development as a theatre practitioner.”
Louise de Froment, Volunteer