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Trustee (Communications and Outreach Officer)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • UK wide
  • Closing 7th December 2021

  • Advertised from 8th November 2021


Our dynamic team supports children into primary schools in rural north-east Ghana. We need a creative self-starter and team player with a proven talent in marketing and networking to help develop fundraising initiatives and grow our membership.

The Voluntary Role

As one of the trustees on our aptly named Executive Committee or EC (board of trustees), which includes our other officers - Chair, Secretary and Treasurer - you will help to shape the strategy that your ongoing communications and outreach responsibilities will help us to realise. In this role you will receive full support from our EC members, wherever in the UK you are based. Our EC meets on Zoom (evenings) and we work from home.

After your induction, tailored to suit your knowledge, skills and experience, and working closely with your fellow trustees and our external contacts in the UK, you will:

• Help us to generate a wider range of attractive fundraising initiatives, making full use of the interests and skills of our current membership and supporters, liaising with your fellow trustees and contributing items for discussion at our EC meetings

• Enable us to reach out as effectively (and cost-effectively) as possible to our membership and supporters and their networks of friends and relatives, so as to maximise their interest and engagement in our key purpose - fundraising in the UK

• Take a leading but supported role in developing and enhancing our embryonic social media and website presence. Since 2016, when we launched our website, we have shared it with our partner organisation in Ghana, with whom we are in regular contact online, primarily through our Chair, and our donors are naturally interested in how our funding assists the work on the ground which our partners are engaged in, which is changing many young lives.

• Ensure that our fundraising events have a longer-term impact on our success by using these precious opportunities to enhance awareness of our charitable object, attract people into our membership and retain them through subsequent communications

• Maintain our contacts with traditional media - local newspapers (including their online presence), radio and television - and help us gradually to widen that network

• As a trustee, make recommendations to our EC, based on your experience before and after your appointment which will enable us to prioritise our activities as effectively as possible. Like you, we are unpaid and with limited time to fulfil our own voluntary roles and we contribute ideas based on our own professional areas of expertise, our local knowledge and feedback from supporters.

As hands-on trustees with shared legal and practical responsibilities we are open to fresh ideas and work very much as a team, pooling our talents and energy.

A full Role Description is available for download below.

Application notes

Our application deadline is Tuesday 7 December 2021, and we expect to be holding informal interviews of suitable applicants later in December, or in early January, via Zoom.

If you need any further clarification of the role, having read the details about our charity which follow this section, please email Melvyn Walmsley, who is one of our trustees:

Applications will be treated in strict confidence and should:

• Include your curriculum vitae

• Provide contact details of two or more referees, two of whom have supervised your professional work

• Be addressed to and be received

by midnight on Tuesday 7 December 2021.