We’re recruiting trustees

3 February 2022

We’re looking for three new trustees to join our current team of trustees who will help guide us in the next phase of our mission to set all young people up to thrive in life.

If you’re a legal advisor, an expert in system change in education (or a related field) or an expert in philanthropy and are passionate about supporting all young people to thrive we’d love to hear from you. As a trustee at Big Change you’ll help shape our strategic vision, apply your existing expertise, and learn from others. You’ll be joining an incredible team who are committed to making a real and lasting impact.


Trustee role – Legal Advisor

We’re looking for someone who can support in the following areas:

  • Provide legal guidance and advice relating to company and charity law
  • Help Big Change to access further information in relation to more complex questions in company and charity law and other areas of law
  • Help Big Change to ensure compliance under contractual requirements and under company and charity law.
  • Support good practice, for example with respect to governance and employment and personnel procedures
  • Signpost to other sources of support and information outside of their area of expertise

Trustee role – Focus on Philanthropy

We’re looking for someone who has experience of at least some of the following areas:

  • Progressive approaches to philanthropy, where smart funding can act as a catalyst for big changes
  • Developing powerful funding partnerships that enable multiple organisations to leverage their strengths to fund complex, ambitious programmes and organisations
  • Inspiring and persuading others to support work that you believe in
  • Supporting charities or social enterprises with ambitious strategies for system change

Trustee role – Focus on System Change

We’re looking for someone who has experience of at least some of the following areas:

  • Playing a key role in a complex system change initiative either in education or in another arena with similar dynamics 
  • Leading multi-stakeholder work that includes public engagement, campaigns and coalition building to bring about social change
  • Actively engaging young people, communities and/or those with lived experience as key agents of the change, creating platforms and structures that ensure they are supported to lead

Role purpose

Big Change is looking to appoint a committed and enthusiastic person with legal experience to the position of Legal Advisor Trustee. In this role, you will support the Board and team by providing legal expertise, advice and ensuring that the charity complies with charity law, its own governing documents, and other relevant legislation. Areas where this has been or is likely to be of great value include employment, contracts and governance.

About us

Big Change is a catalyst for long-term system change. We want to see a society working together to support all young people to thrive.

We back pioneers who are rethinking support for young people on the frontline; unite a community of supporters to direct funds and energy to the areas of greatest impact; and activate diverse allies in the UK and globally who share our hopes for change in education.

Working with and through others, we aim to tackle the root causes of issues affecting young people, teachers, parents and carers, rather than treat the symptoms of a broken system. These projects and pioneers work across a range of areas, including: reducing exclusions, improving mental health, transforming support to teachers and leaders, and tackling exclusions.

Our approach has already inspired some remarkable successes. As of 2020, we’ve supported 36 projects that have worked with more than 700,000 young people, have provided £4m in direct funding, and have unlocked more than £40m in follow-on funding for those projects.

Responsibilities

Each trustee is accountable to the Board as a whole, led by the Chair and has six main duties, first amongst them directing the affairs of the organisation and ensuring that we deliver on our mission. In addition, the trustee will be expected to:

  • Provide legal guidance and advice relating to company and charity law;
  • Help the charity to access further information in relation to more complex questions in company and charity law and other areas of law
  • Help the charity to ensure compliance under contractual requirements and under company and charity law.
  • Support good practice, for example with respect to governance and employment and personnel procedures
  • Signpost the organisation to other sources of support and information outside of their area of expertise
  • Contribute to overall strategic planning, good governance, and financial oversight.

A full list of statutory duties can be found here

Knowledge and Experience

Experience

  • Experience of operating within a board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation desirable
  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders, colleagues, and other board members to achieve organisational objectives
  • A track record of sound judgement and effective decision making
  • A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity

Knowledge, Skills & Understanding

  • Commitment to Big Change and our mission
  • Ability to devote the necessary time and effort to the trusteeship e.g. scrutinising Board papers, preparing for meetings, participating in internal and external events.
  • Preparedness to make recommendations, even unpopular ones, to the Board, and a willingness to speak your mind
  • Availability to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • A clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • A clear understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive

How to Apply

If you’re inspired by what we do, and have the skills and experience that could help us increase our impact further, please email Sarina at info@big-change.org with your CV (or Linkedin profile) and a short covering letter to explain why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements.

The deadline for applications for this role is the 18th February 2022.

The next step will be to arrange a brief, initial conversation with our CEO or COO to get to know one another as we know you’ll be choosing us as much as we are choosing you. If you have any additional questions, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

We are keen to ensure that all of our opportunities are accessible to everyone, so if you have any specific circumstances or accessibility requirements which prevent you from completing an application online, please let us know by email and we’d be happy to help.

Approach to Diversity 

We aim to put diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do, from the young people and project partners we work with to the way we behave and operate as a charity and to the people we bring into the organisation. We welcome applications from people of any gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, race or religion and belief, and particularly from people with diverse backgrounds or have overcome challenging experiences.


Trustee role | Focus on Philanthropy

Role purpose

Big Change is looking to appoint a trustee who has experience of at least some of the following areas:

  • Progressive approaches to philanthropy, where smart funding can act as a catalyst for big changes
  • Developing powerful funding partnerships that enable multiple organisations to leverage their strengths to fund complex, ambitious programmes and organisations
  • Inspiring and persuading others to support work that you believe in
  • Supporting charities or social enterprises with ambitious strategies for system change

About us

Big Change is a catalyst for long-term system change. We want to see a society working together to support all young people to thrive.

We back pioneers who are rethinking support for young people on the frontline; unite a community of supporters to direct funds and energy to the areas of greatest impact; and activate diverse allies in the UK and globally who share our hopes for change in education.

Working with and through others, we aim to tackle the root causes of issues affecting young people, teachers, parents and carers, rather than treat the symptoms of a broken system. These projects and pioneers work across a range of areas, including: reducing exclusions, improving mental health, transforming support to teachers and leaders, and tackling exclusions.

Our approach has already inspired some remarkable successes. As of 2020, we’ve supported 36 projects that have worked with more than 700,000 young people, have provided £4m in direct funding, and have unlocked more than £40m in follow-on funding for those projects.

Responsibilities

Each trustee is accountable to the Board as a whole, led by the Chair and has six main duties, first amongst them directing the affairs of the organisation and ensuring that we deliver on our mission. In addition, the trustee will be expected to:

  • Surface, advise, input, and guide the Board and Leadership Team on key youth and education-related issues in a timely and structured way;
  • Assist the Board in highlighting key trends and changing approaches within the education or youth sector more broadly;
  • Act as an ambassador to the organisation, pro-actively developing the charity’s network in the private, public and third sectors;
  • Explore opportunities that further the aims and objectives of the charity;
  • Assist with accessing new potential donors and supporters, inputting on fundraising issues and attend meetings with donors, when relevant;
  • Contribute to overall strategic planning, good governance, and financial oversight

A full list of statutory duties can be found here

Knowledge and Experience

Experience

Experience of operating within a board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation is desirable.

  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders, colleagues, and other board members to achieve organisational objectives
  • A track record of sound judgement and effective decision making
  • A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity

Knowledge, Skills & Understanding

  • Commitment to Big Change and our mission
  • Ability to devote the necessary time and effort to the trusteeship e.g. scrutinising Board papers, preparing for meetings, participating in internal and external events.
  • Preparedness to make recommendations, even unpopular ones, to the Board, and a willingness to speak your mind
  • Availability to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • A clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • A clear understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive

How to Apply

If you’re inspired by what we do, and have the skills and experience that could help us increase our impact further, please email Sarina at info@big-change.org with your CV (or Linkedin profile) and a short covering letter to explain why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements

The next step will be to arrange a brief, initial conversation with our CEO or COO to get to know one another as we know you’ll be choosing us as much as we are choosing you. If you have any additional questions, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

We are keen to ensure that all of our opportunities are accessible to everyone, so if you have any specific circumstances or accessibility requirements which prevent you from completing an application online, please let us know by email and we’d be happy to help.

Approach to Diversity 

We aim to put diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do, from the young people and project partners we work with to the way we behave and operate as a charity and to the people we bring into the organisation. We welcome applications from people of any gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, race or religion and belief, and particularly from people with diverse backgrounds or have overcome challenging experiences.


Trustee role | Focus on System Change

Role purpose

Big Change is looking to appoint a trustee who has experience of at least some of the following areas:

  • Progressive approaches to philanthropy, where smart funding can act as a catalyst for big changes
  • Developing powerful funding partnerships that enable multiple organisations to leverage their strengths to fund complex, ambitious programmes and organisations
  • Inspiring and persuading others to support work that you believe in
  • Supporting charities or social enterprises with ambitious strategies for system change

About us

Big Change is a catalyst for long-term system change. We want to see a society working together to support all young people to thrive.

We back pioneers who are rethinking support for young people on the frontline; unite a community of supporters to direct funds and energy to the areas of greatest impact; and activate diverse allies in the UK and globally who share our hopes for change in education.

Working with and through others, we aim to tackle the root causes of issues affecting young people, teachers, parents and carers, rather than treat the symptoms of a broken system. These projects and pioneers work across a range of areas, including: reducing exclusions, improving mental health, transforming support to teachers and leaders, and tackling exclusions.

Our approach has already inspired some remarkable successes. As of 2020, we’ve supported 36 projects that have worked with more than 700,000 young people, have provided £4m in direct funding, and have unlocked more than £40m in follow-on funding for those projects.

Responsibilities

Each trustee is accountable to the Board as a whole, led by the Chair and has six main duties, first amongst them directing the affairs of the organisation and ensuring that we deliver on our mission. In addition, the trustee will be expected to:

  • Surface, advise, input, and guide the Board and Leadership Team on key youth and education-related issues in a timely and structured way;
  • Assist the Board in highlighting key trends and changing approaches within the education or youth sector more broadly;
  • Act as an ambassador to the organisation, pro-actively developing the charity’s network in the private, public and third sectors;
  • Explore opportunities that further the aims and objectives of the charity;
  • Assist with accessing new potential donors and supporters, inputting on fundraising issues and attend meetings with donors, when relevant;
  • Contribute to overall strategic planning, good governance, and financial oversight

A full list of statutory duties can be found here

Knowledge and Experience

Experience

Experience of operating within a board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation is desirable.

  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders, colleagues, and other board members to achieve organisational objectives
  • A track record of sound judgement and effective decision making
  • A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity

Knowledge, Skills & Understanding

  • Commitment to Big Change and our mission
  • Ability to devote the necessary time and effort to the trusteeship e.g. scrutinising Board papers, preparing for meetings, participating in internal and external events.
  • Preparedness to make recommendations, even unpopular ones, to the Board, and a willingness to speak your mind
  • Availability to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • A clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • A clear understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive

How to Apply

If you’re inspired by what we do, and have the skills and experience that could help us increase our impact further, please email Sarina at info@big-change.org with your CV (or Linkedin profile) and a short covering letter to explain why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements

The next step will be to arrange a brief, initial conversation with our CEO or COO to get to know one another as we know you’ll be choosing us as much as we are choosing you. If you have any additional questions, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

We are keen to ensure that all of our opportunities are accessible to everyone, so if you have any specific circumstances or accessibility requirements which prevent you from completing an application online, please let us know by email and we’d be happy to help.

Approach to Diversity 

We aim to put diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do, from the young people and project partners we work with to the way we behave and operate as a charity and to the people we bring into the organisation. We welcome applications from people of any gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, race or religion and belief, and particularly from people with diverse backgrounds or have overcome challenging experiences.


Statutory duties – Big Change trustees

The statutory duties of a Big Change trustee are:

  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing (our articles of association).
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds.
  • If the organisation employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor their performance.

In addition, with other trustees, to hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by:

  • Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.
  • Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behaviour; ensuring that
  • the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Acting as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
  • Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard

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