We are recruiting experienced and enthusiastic Trustees with a variety of business development skills to join a team providing strategic leadership to the Museum at a time of optimistic change and development.
Hitchin, SG4 9TS
Mainly from home with Board Meetings at the Museum
Reasonable distance from Hertfordshire for Board meetings
Either in or out of office hours; Board meetings 2hrs/6 time a year, usually Tuesday evenings. Phone support and advice maybe 2hrs/month. Other events & activities at own discretion.
What will you be doing?
Each of our Trustees should have experience in at least one of the following areas:
- Financial Management
- Sales and Marketing
- Digital Media and Communications
- Fundraising and Development
- Governance and Law
- Heritage and/or Arts sectors
The Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the charity and for ensuring that the organisation delivers its charitable objectives; is in good financial shape and complies with charity and corporate law. The Board Members support the Museum Manager and team and review and oversee the museum's overall performance.
The main duties of Board members are to work collaboratively with colleagues to;
- Set the strategic direction of the charity in line with its Memorandum and Articles of Association, supporting the Museum Manager in the operational direction of the Museum.
- Ensure that the Museum complies with its governing document and any relevant legislation or regulations
- Safeguard the Museum's finances by approving the budget, monitoring expenditure and ensuring the achievement of financial objectives
- Oversee the performance of the Museum Manager
- Regularly review the policies for the operation of the Museum as a charity
- Manage strategic risks to the organisation, including any conflicts of interest
- Protect the property and collections of the Museum
Board meetings are 5-6 times a year, usually on a Tuesday evening, at the Museum. Trustees may also be asked to serve on a sub-committee and are welcome at all Museum events. New Trustees will receive a warm welcome and comprehensive induction to our teams and the Museum.
To build on the diversity of our Trustees, we welcome applications from all ages, genders and backgrounds.
If you are interested, please send a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet our requirements and why you are interested in joining our Board.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for a number of new members for the Board of the British Schools Museum (Hitchin). These experienced and enthusiastic new Trustees will join a team providing strategic leadership to the Museum at a time of optimistic change and development.
Eligible candidates will need to show evidence of the ability to think strategically, to review and question management reports, plans and financial information, to assess and manage risk and to develop sound objectives moving forward to ensure an exciting and sustainable future for the Museum. From a variety of backgrounds, the new Trustees should be willing to be involved in development and fundraising initiatives.
Financial Management, to advise the Museum Manager, to monitor the Museum's accounts, and to advise on the financial implications of new ventures.
Sales and Marketing, to ensure a mix of marketing and sales activities promote the museum and its products and services to exceed income generation and trading targets.
Digital Media and Communications, including advertising, public and stakeholder engagement, to advise on promoting and increasing the Museum's public profile.
Fundraising and Development, to advise on fundraising for the Museum's operations and future developments, help the Museum reach its fundraising targets and someone with experience of fundraising for a major capital project.
Governance and Law, an expert who can advise on the legal framework for charities and other legal matters, and provide legal advice where needed across all Museum's activities.
Heritage and Arts, a passionate supporter of cultural heritage to advise on the strategic direction of the Museum, advise on new and sustainable strategic initiatives to increase unrestricted revenue in support of the long term plan. To advise on improving partnerships and networks to expand opportunities for an exciting and sustainable future.
A crucial part of each role is to provide support and advice to the Museum Manager and staff.
The British Schools Museum is a unique and special place. An awareness and interest in the work of the Museum and the social history of education would be welcome.
What difference will you make?
You will be instrumental in providing strategic direction to a small museum with unique and historically significant collections at a significant time of change and development.
What's in it for the Trustee?
This is an opportunity to play a vital part at an important stage of the museum’s life and to make a significant contribution to the success and sustainability of a unique and special place.
This is where you could see your keen commercial sense and professional skills help staff and board members transform the museum for the future.
Before you apply
If you are interested in being a Trustee, please send a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet our requirements and why you are interested in joining the Board, to;
The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Denise Amoss, at firstname.lastname@example.org