|Job Title||Secretary - EXPIRED|
|Contract Type||Temporary / Interim|
|Job Published||11 Feb 2016|
|Contact Name||Volunteers Team|
Methodical, detail-oriented and up on (or keen to learn) the legal requirements of governing a charity? Abortion Support Network (ASN) is seeking a new Secretary to join its Board of Trustees. Trustees work together with ASN’s Director and have specified roles and responsibilities along with strategic oversight for ASN and helping the organisation fundraise. This is a fantastic opportunity for a proactive, organised person who is passionate about reproductive rights to work with a dynamic, creative and motivated group of people to have a direct impact on women’s lives.
What does Abortion Support Network do?
The Abortion Support Network provides financial assistance and accommodation to people travelling from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to access legal, safe abortion services in England. We also provide confidential, non-judgmental information to anyone who contacts us via phone or email who is seeking information about travelling to England for an abortion, as well as information about reputable providers of early medical abortion pills by post.
ASN was founded by Mara Clarke in October 2009 when we heard from just 4 individuals and gave grants totalling £300. ASN has grown since then and in 2015 we heard from 650 individuals and gave grants totalling more than £40,000. ASN’s work is vital and many of our clients are particularly vulnerable due to poverty, migrant status, abuse, ill health and mental ill health. Volunteers staff the helpline throughout the year and are trained to support individuals over the phone or online.
ASN Mission, Vision, Values
A world where women have the information and means to access safe, legal abortions wherever they live.
To provide information, financial assistance and accommodation to women who may be forced to travel to England to access a safe, legal abortion.
What is the responsibility of the Secretary?
Additionally, all board members contribute to fundraising.
Further responsibilities include:
In addition, Board members will be expected to:
What kind of time commitment is required of Board members?
Board meetings are scheduled a year in advance, take place quarterly in central London, are held on Saturdays or weeknights and last for 4 hours. There is also an annual planning session, usually held in late summer/ early Autumn on an agreed date. Ad-hoc requests for support will vary, but Board members should expect to contribute at least one hour per week in addition to participation in meetings.
What are the legal responsibilities of Board members?
Those interested in the role of ASN’s Secretary should express their interest by filling out the ASN trustee application and sending it with your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is 5pm Sunday, 6 March 2016. Interviews will take place w/c 14 March with the goal of voting in the new Secretary at our AGM on 12 May.