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    over 3 years ago

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Population Matters' mission is to promote smaller families and mindful consumption throughout the world, through advancing the education of the public in issues relating to human population worldwide and its impact on environmental sustainability.

They are currently looking for a Member for their Board, which governs the organisation on behalf of the guarantor members and supervises the chief executive; including setting the future direction of, and taking legal responsibility for, the organisation.

Board members should be willing to make a specific contribution based on their relevant background.

Board members should:

  • understand the organisation, its business, its operating environment, and key relationships
  • scan the operating environment, see the big picture and the long term future, actively contribute to valuable strategic thinking by the board, and to innovation
  • really listen to others, and openly communicate ideas articulately. Willing and able to give and receive feedback.
  • proactively seek and use the information needed by the board to fulfil its role effectively, including keeping it compliant with the law and regulation, driving strategy, managing key risks, and overseeing performance and financial results
  • interact with confidence, sensitivity and diplomacy. Provide both challenge and support appropriately. Able to relate well to all colleagues, to collaborate and maintain working relationships even when views differ
  • demonstrate commitment and ability to continue to learn and develop in the board role, using feedback from colleagues
  • prepare for and attending meetings. Respect collective responsibility, confidentiality and the boundaries between board roles and staff roles
  • weigh up all of the facts and opinions, and to make decisions in the best interests of the organisation
  • engage fully in boardroom debates, following through on actions agreed, and maintaining the level of energy required to perform the role effectively
  • understand and accept the board’s risk appetite, identifying risks and ensuring they are managed, providing oversight to ensure improvement in risk scores
  • be willing and able to represent us by attending third party meetings and through public speaking and writing.

Board member duties include:

  • ensuring the charity complies with all relevant legislation, guidance and its articles of association;
  • ensuring the strategy is: aligned with the charitable objects, effective, efficient and prudent;
  • monitoring activities to ensure that the strategy is being followed;
  • agreeing a set of budgets which allocates spending such that it is:  aligned with the charitable objects, effective, efficient and prudent; broadly aligns income and expenditure;
  • monitoring activities to ensure that the strategy is being followed;
  • monitoring spending to ensure that spending is in line with budgets;
  • ensuring that reporting enables them to be adequately informed about the charity’s affairs;
  • conducting regular risk and governance reviews;
  • developing a schedule of delegation;
  • ensuring fundraising is honestly and competently managed;
  • working with other charities where relevant to avoid duplication;
  • ensuring the annual report complies with recommended best practice;
  • ensuring the board is fit for purpose through appropriate recruitment, development and evaluation
  • representing the organization.

We are interested in candidates with the following backgrounds or employment:

  • academia (relevant disciplines)
  • advocacy/ politics
  • education
  • fundraising.

The general requirements are:

  • a commitment to our mission and policy positions, as set out on our website. 
  • experience of setting strategy, monitoring performance, managing risk and ensuring compliance, ideally through past board experience
  • a track record of working with others and demonstrating good judgement and objectivity
  • relevant experience and skills in one or more of: politics, social or environmental advocacy, behavioural and attitudinal change, the media, population or sustainability studies, fundraising and membership management
  • a proven ability to represent and speak for the charity.  

To apply for the role, please send your CV and skype name to by 31st March 2016.