NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIR

LOCATION: Remote, UK
TYPE: Voluntary

TIME COMMITMENT: 3-year term, eligible for re-appointment. Must attend 4 board meetings per year. Time commitment excludes informal meetings between members and the Executive Director
REMUNERATION: Currently not accompanied by financial remuneration

DEADLINE: Open - to start immediately

JOB DESCRIPTION

THE ORGANISATION

Grassroot Diplomat is a non-profit diplomatic consultancy with the mission to build trust and strengthen better relationships between governments and civil society. It is our aim to refocus policy back to the people’s interest by creating a culture of good governance, harnessing positive role models in society and providing people with tools to communicate effectively. 

THE ROLE

The Chairperson will hold the Board and the Executive Team to account for the organisation's mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Directors, ensuring that each member fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the organisation. The Chair will also support, and where appropriate, challenge the Executive Director and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive team of the organisation to achieve agreed objectives. The Chair will act as an ambassador and be expected to join delegations of special projects led by the organisation, and be the public face of the organisation in partnership with the Executive Director.

PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide leadership to the organisation and its Board, ensuring that the organisation has maximum impact for its beneficiaries
  •  Ensure that Board Members fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the organisation
  • Ensure that the Board operates within its objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction for the organisation
  • Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the organisation with systems in place to ensure financial accountability

Governance

  • Ensure that the governance arrangements are working in the most effective way for the organisation
  • Develop the knowledge and capability of the Board of Directors
  • Encourage positive change where appropriate
  • Address and resolve any conflicts within the Board
  • Appraise the performance of Patrons, the Advisory Council and the Board on an annual basis
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors are regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the organisation effectively
  • Work within any agreed policies adopted by the organisation

External Relations

  • Act as an Ambassador for the cause and the organisation
  • Maintain close relationships with key members of the Government and with key influencers that may be useful to the organisation
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate
  • Facilitate change and address any potential conflicts with external stakeholders

Efficiency and effectiveness

  • Chair meetings of the Board of Directors effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process
  • Ensure that Board members are fully engages and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the organisation and that the Board takes collective ownership
  • Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between Board members
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful, and reflect the responsibilities of Directors
  • Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented

Relationship with the Executive Director and the wider management team

  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Executive Director, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving agreed strategic objectives
  • Support the Executive Director, whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles
  • Ensure regular contact with the Executive Director and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges
  • Liaise with the Executive Director to maintain an overview of the organisation's affairs, providing support as necessary
  • Conduct an annual appraisal and remuneration review for the Executive Director in consultation with other Board members
  • Ensure that the Executive Director has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support

Goodwill and Support

  • Supports the organisation by making personal donations, gamering resources and advisors, and assisting with fundraising
  • Serves as the organisation's ambassador to other agencies, funders and potential funders and the general community
  • Communicates the value of the organisation to prospective donors
  • Attracts donors, supporters, favourable press and new board members
  • Supports the needs of the Board, including ongoing development needs
  • Increases visibility and reputation of the organisation and its clients to a wider audience
  • Acts in whatever way is appropriate for the needs and interests of Grassroot Diplomat (in the first instance) and not on behalf of any other interest group
  • Upholds the reputation of the Company
  • Behaves in a way which is consistent with the values of Grassroot Diplomat
  • Regularly attends board meetings (4 times a year) 

Membership

Every member of the Board must become a paid member of Grassroot Diplomat at Young Professionals Level.

Additional Information

The Vice Chair acts for the Chairperson when the Chair is not available and undertakes assignments at the request of the Chair. The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Chair will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Become a paid member of Grassroot Diplomat (Young Professionals Level)
  • Have business acumen with experiencing working with a social enterprise
  • Experience in building and growing revenue stream
  • Have prior experience acting as Chairperson to new or established organisations
  • Be based in the UK
  • Highly passionate about the mission and objectives of the organisation
  • Willing to commit both finances and resources for growth and development of the organisation
  • Experience leading a diverse team
  • Ability to attend four board meetings per year in London
  • Minimum commitment of one term (3 years)

If interested, please send a letter of interest and CV to Nina Maxwell at info@grassrootdiplomat.org. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to participate at an interview in London. The role will remain open until we find a suitable candidate.

Please visit http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/membership for details.