ICAS Foundation
ICAS Foundation

Charity registered in Scotland SC034836

Launched in 2012, the ICAS Foundation is a charity registered in Scotland, and supports academically talented young people from disadvantaged communities, who wish to go to university by helping them overcome particular financial barriers which would otherwise deter them from studying accountancy or a finance related degree. 

We have four key objectives:

  • Identify and support academically talented young people in need to discover their true potential
  • To mobilise the ICAS membership as donors, mentors and facilitators
  • Secure sufficient funding to make it possible for us to award bursaries
  • Support students in securing a suitable internship during summer breaks to build skills and experience needed to enter the workplace.

We are a small organisation with only 1.6 FTE staff running the organisation and supporting over 100 students and 100 volunteer mentors. Our current focus of activity is awarding bursaries and grants to young people allowing them to study accountancy or finance at university.  More information is available on our website: www.icasfoundation.org.uk


Current vacancies

Operations and Engagement Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • Circa £31,500
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 7th June 2019

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Operations and Engagement Manager to join the ICAS Foundation, a charity registered in Scotland. The successful individual will support the Director of the ICAS Foundation, to achieve the strategic objectives of the ICAS Foundation. The current focus of activity is awarding bursaries and grants to academically talented young people, living in disadvantaged communities, studying accountancy and/or finance at university together with a mentoring scheme and work placement opportunities.

Core responsibilities

Key activities include (but are not limited to): -

  • Managing 150+ volunteer mentors across the UK. This includes promoting volunteering opportunities, processing mentor application, interviewing potential volunteers, taking up references, answering queries and ensuring quarterly updates on the mentor/mentee relationships are submitted timeously.
  • Being the key contact for 150+ students across the UK. This includes ensuring bursary conditions are met prior to funds being released, tracking performance, analysing exam results (must be on track for 2:1 at end of year 2), invitations to ICAS and ICAS Foundation events, summer internship requirements and any queries regarding the ICAS Foundation mentoring scheme. The sensitivities in liaising with students from disadvantaged communities are a key consideration.
  • Processing applications for bursary and funding (circa £350k awarded per annum). This includes evidencing parental/guardian income and eligibility criteria are met.
  • Processing applications for grant funding circa £50k per annum.
  • Keeping all records up to date in relation to the ICAS Foundation mentoring scheme whilst ensuring the mentor/mentee relationship meets requirements.
  • Maintaining records in relation to bursary funding (approx. 35 awarded per annum with a core pool of approx. 150) and grant funding (10+ per annum) and associated risks.
  • Providing support to the Director of the ICAS Foundation, to ensure that the objectives of the ICAS Foundation are achieved.
  • Managing social media activity and the website (main source of information for students and supporters) ensuring it is kept up to date.
  • Deputising for the Director of the ICAS Foundation at ICAS events, partnership meetings and donor activity.
  • Contributing to discussions to support the effective operation, development of and fundraising for the ICAS Foundation and associated ICAS charities.
  • Line management of 1 member of staff.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate for this role must have:

  • Experience of working with university students and/or pupils in secondary school.
  • Experience of managing volunteers.
  • Experience of managing people.
  • Understanding of widening participation and the social mobility agenda across the UK.
  • ICT skills including knowledge of Outlook, Excel and Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to work on own initiative.
  • Experience of office organisation and management.
  • Experience of ensuring compliance with Scottish charity law and regulation including Data Protection legislation and Gift Aid.
  • Experience of supporting Mentor/Mentee relationships.
  • Some experience of financial record keeping.
  • Experience of building relationships.
  • Experience of developing and maintaining appropriate record keeping systems, including use of computerised systems.
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy when dealing with applicants for bursary and grant funding.
  • Social media communications experience.

For more information on the work of the ICAS Foundation visit icasfoundation.org.uk

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