Treasurer - Surrey Youth Focus

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Surrey Youth Focus, the umbrella organisation for youth charities and voluntary sector organisations across Surrey, is seeking a new Treasurer. We are seeking someone with appropriate financial knowledge and experience who also has a passion for young people in all their guises and wants to support our mission “To significantly improve the lives of young people in Surrey”.  Trustees have a duty to ensure that proper accounting records are kept, assets are safeguarded and resources properly applied in accordance with the objects of the charity. All this requires a high standard of ongoing financial reporting.

We have a highly experienced Finance Manager who manages all aspects of finance, so we are pleased to say that we are not looking for a hands on treasurer to roll up their sleeves. For good governance, we need a Treasurer operating at a strategic level to carry out the following:

·        Contribute skills, knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees' role in setting the strategic direction of SYF and overseeing the organisation.

·        Lead in the board’s duty to ensure that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly controlled, invested and economically spent, in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements.

·        Act as a sounding board to the Finance Manager when needed.

·        Advise on changes to company/charity financial law.

·        Monitor and advise the board on the financial viability of the charity; ensure that the charity has an appropriate financial reserves policy in place and that the policy is implemented.

·        Ensure that the risk‐management process is adequate and that the financial implications of risk are fully taken into account.

·        Guide and advise fellow trustees in the board’s formal approval of the annual report and accounts.

·        Second authorise bank payments.

·        Whilst our current Treasurer is Company Secretary, we are proposing transferring this role to the Finance Manager, so this would not be part of the role.

What skills do I need?

·        Qualified accountant with demonstrated commercial awareness and knowledge.

·        Knowledge of charity SORP and impending changes.

·        Competent use of IT skills.

·        Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders.

·        Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.

·        Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

·        Good communication and leadership skills

·        A strong and visible passion and commitment to help young people, in all of their guises.

·        An understanding that young people of today face a very different world from previous generations.

·        Strong belief in the need for innovation and cross-sector collaboration to better serve young people and youth organisations in Surrey.

·        A track record of achievement in management in any sector or in the delivery of services to young people.

·        A commitment to promoting equality and diversity.

·        Demonstrated knowledge and experience of charity fundraising and finance practices.

·        A team-oriented approach to problem solving and to management.

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Surrey Youth Focus (VSNS)

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  • Children
  • Young People


  • Administration and Office
  • Finance
  • Trusteeship, Committee Work
  • Youth Work


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There are four Board Meetings a year plus the AGM. Furthermore, the Treasurer sits on the Management and Finance Subcommittee which also meets four times per year. The Treasurer may choose to have monitoring calls with the Finance Manager on, say, a monthly basis. Trustees may be asked occasionally to represent SYF at events and meetings with stakeholders, but this is optional.

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