DDE is seeking to appoint a new Honorary Treasurer, who will join the Board of Trustees and provide strong financial management working with the staff team.
We are an Exeter-based charity which offers resources and training to schools and a programme of events to the local community, all of which aim to broaden people’s awareness of the wider world and help them to make links between their own lives and those of others. Working across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay we run a variety of established projects, including Cultural Champions, Food for Thought, Fairtrade Devon and Telling our Stories, Finding our Roots. Over the past year, DDE has responded to the issues revealed by the Black Lives Matter movement, supporting efforts to make school history curricular more inclusive, advising various local institutions on diversity matters and supporting People of Colour.
The Treasurer will keep a close eye on our day-to-day financial transactions, working with our volunteer bookkeeper. He/she will present financial reports at each Board meeting and advise the Board on the financial implications of plans and proposals. He/she will ensure that our accounting systems are consistent with good practice and prepare and present our annual accounts. The Treasurer is a full Board member and takes part in all discussions and decisions.
The Treasurer needs to have:
- A basic understanding of accounting - balance sheets, debits and credits, accruals etc.
- The ability to set out a basic Income & Expenditure Account.
- The ability to read and understand the Annual Accounts of the Charity and to discuss them with our inspectors and spot any errors.
- Some experience of computer accountancy systems - we use QuickBooks but experience of another package would be acceptable: what matter is having some knowledge of the principles of these systems.
- The ability to obtain, set up and present management accounting reports.
- Some knowledge of management accounting, i.e. how overheads work and how they can be apportioned over projects; how to maximise the Unrestricted balances without infringing what is legal.
In addition, an interest in global issues and in education (in the broadest sense) will be an advantage.
We aim for a diverse Board and would particularly welcome young people and those from a black or minority ethnic background.
Before the coronavirus restrictions the Board met about every 8 weeks, 6-8 p.m., at the DDE office in St David’s Hill, Exeter. Currently we are meeting for 1 hour per month by Zoom. The treasurer will also need to meet with staff every 2-3 weeks, either in at the DDE office or online. The estimated time needed in total is 1-3 hours per week on average, worked flexibly from home and/or the DDE office.
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