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Finance, Operations and Communications Officer

We are recruiting for a Finance, Operations and Communications Officer to join our team. 

This will be a varied role with the main focus being to:

  • provide finance and governance support to the organisation including processing transactions, dealing with invoice queries and preparing information to help the Director of Finance with the financial statements
  • providing administrative support during board meetings such as writing and compiling minutes.

In addition you will provide communications support such as managing their online presence and social media channels, maintaining the website, and writing content for the monthly newsletter. You will also provide administrative support to the CEO, Senior Leadership Team and Trustees when necessary.

You will have excellent organisational and numeracy skills, having ideally worked within a finance function previously. You will also be able to communicate clearly and effectively with a range of stakeholders at all levels, internally and externally. You will be able to demonstrate excellent literacy and written skills, with a good understanding of basic IT practises and Microsoft packages (Excel, Office). This would be an ideal position for somebody looking for a broad and varied role within a small, friendly team.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis therefore we would encourage any suitable candidates to apply ASAP. In order to apply, please submit a CV in Word format in the first instance, via Prospectus

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Steven Fraser: Steven.Fraser@prospect-us.co.uk

 

Flexible Finance Investment Committee Co-opted member

We are recruiting for members to join the Investment Committee for our new Flexible Finance for the Recovery Programme.

More details about the objectives of the programme and the co-design process are outlined in the application guidance.

Role of the IC

The Investment Committee is the decision making body for the programme. It agrees the investment policy, makes decisions about commitment of Access’s resources to social investment providers, oversees the deal completion process, monitors progress and agrees amendments to the programme which may be necessary.

The committee will work with the development cohort to identify individual and common areas for development to ensure that the products offered best meet the needs of charities and social enterprises, while also encouraging co-investment necessary to leverage the grant for each social investment provider. The committee may identify particular support to be commissioned and help broker partnerships and collaborations. 

As a sub-committee of Access’s board the committee will comprise a majority of Access trustees. The trustees have identified a number of areas where they feel the committee would benefit from additional skills and experience and have created co-opted roles to support this.

Full Terms of Reference for the committee are available. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We have expressed a clear desire that the programme has a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion. This means both that social investment providers who receive a grant for blending with other sources of capital through the programme are building good internal practice around their own equality, diversity and inclusion (in terms of their recruitment practices, leadership and governance structures) and that the funds they manage remove as many barriers as possible to access for charities and social enterprises led by and/or serving minority groups, as guided by their fund’s impact objectives. Some initiatives developed within the programme may have a particular focus on expanding the reach to particular groups with protected characteristics and/or on enhancing social mobility. The consultation exercise emphasised the need to support black and ethnic monitory led enterprises in particular.

This work will build on the work of the Diversity Forum for Social Investment, and the Equality Impact Investment project. We recognise that everyone involved in social investment is on a journey to improving equality, diversity and inclusion practice. Therefore we do not expect applicants to have all the answers in place but rather demonstrate a genuine commitment to making positive progress and expanding the reach of social investment. We expect to commission specialist support for social investment providers in the cohort as defined by the IC and cohort participants.

Person specification

The trustees on the investment committee have identified a number of areas where they feel the committee would benefit from additional skills and experience. The priority area is:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: The trustees are seeking up to two co-opted IC members who can bring expertise in how social investment providers can best embed equality, diversity and inclusion practice in their work and how they can best remove barriers to access for charities and social enterprises led by and/or serving minority groups. For the avoidance of doubt, the trustees on the committee are clear that promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is the responsibility of all committee members, but would welcome additional expertise and perspectives to help enhance the committee’s own capabilities in this area.

In addition the trustees would welcome interest from others who feel they may be able to benefit the work of the committee with expertise in one or more of the following areas: 

  • SME investing
  • Fundraising for social impact
  • Specific knowledge of social enterprise business models which are likely to require more flexible and patient finance
  • International knowledge of blended impact investing models

All committee members should have good governance experience and a familiarity with enterprising activity in the charity and social enterprise sector.

Role description

Committee members will be expected to:

  • Attend and actively contribute to investment committee meetings and decisions
  • Read and carefully consider paperwork prepared in advance of the meeting, including investment assessments
  • Assist the executive team in designing support for cohort participants and investees
  • Help shape the impact and learning framework for the programme

The frequency of meetings will vary over the life of the programme. It is expected that the committee will meet twice in 2020, and then as required to make investment decisions during the first half of 2021. By mid-2021 is it likely that we will open a second design cohort and so the cycle will repeat. Therefore in total we anticipate 6-8 meetings in 2021 and possibly 3-4 in the first half of 2022. Once all the funds are committed meetings to oversee the portfolio are expected to be quarterly. However this frequency may need to change depending on how the cohort approach works in practice.

Meetings are expected to last for around two hours. For the foreseeable future they will be held virtually.

Terms

Co-opted committee members will be remunerated at a day rate of £500 which should include time attending and preparing for meetings, and any other commitments which are required. We expect co-opted IC members to bill per each half-day worked in the role.

The appointment will be for a maximum of three years.

To apply

Please send a CV along with a brief note explaining why this opportunity is of interest to hetal.jani@access-si.org.uk by 27 November 2020.