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Executive Board Vacancies

The ICCL is Ireland's independent human rights watchdog. We have a professional staff and a voluntary board. The board consists of a mix of policy experts and members with a more organisational focus. As part of our ongoing process of revitalising the board we are currently looking to fill two positions:

  • a member with human rights policy skills/knowledge who can assist us in formulating our strategy on International human rights
  • a member with fundraising skills who would lead the organisation’s process in philanthropy and fund development

For full descriptions of these Board positions, see below.

If you are interested in either of these positions please forward the following

  1. an up-to-date CV 
  2. a covering letter explaining which position you are interested in, why and how your particular expertise/background would be valuable to the ICCL.

to Suzanne Handley, Organisational Development Manager, Irish Council For Civil Liberties, 9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. Tel: +353 (01) 7994504 email; Suzanne.handley@iccl.ie

Applications should be received by the extended deadline of Friday 28 November 2014. The selection process will include short-listing and a meeting with shortlisted applicants to discuss the possibility of joining the board. With their agreement, applicants who are not selected may have their applications put on file and may be contacted again when a subsequent round of board member recruitment takes place.

Executive Member – International Human Rights Expertise

Role description & person specification

The Board takes on the ultimate legal and financial responsibility for all the activities of ICCL. It maintains an overview of policy and strategic direction rather than being involved in day-to-day operations. The role of an Executive Member is summarised below.

International Human Rights Expertise

  • Knowledge of the international framework for the protection of human rights, including of relevant global (United Nations) and regional (European) systems;
  • Familiarity with the principal means (e.g. shadow reporting) through which civil society organisations such as the ICCL can engage effectively with global / regional treaty bodies and other similar mechanisms;
  • Ideally, practical experience of working with, or for, a global / regional human rights protection mechanism;
  • A third level qualification in law, politics or international relations (or a closely-related discipline) and/or equivalent professional experience.

Vision and Participation

  • To be committed to the vision, mission and values of the organisation.
  • To provide strategic direction, including oversight of the implementation of strategic plans.
  • To ensure the work of the organisation is monitored and evaluated.
  • Serve as an ambassador and articulate the organisation’s work and achievements to the public.
  • To keep informed of the activities of the organisation and the wider issues that affect its work.
  • To prepare for and attend meetings
  • To attend functions and events run by the ICCL
  • To actively participate in fundraising

Accountability & Legal Responsibilities

  • All Executive Board members will also become Directors of ICCL Limited
  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document
  • To ensure the organisation remains compliant with charity and company law.
  • To ensure the organisation continues to make efficient use of resources.
  • To ensure that risks to the organisation, staff, volunteers and service users remain at an acceptable level.
  • To be accountable to membership, funders and other stakeholders.

Financial Management

  • To understand the financial position of the organisation.
  • To ensure that appropriate systems are in place to guarantee that the organisation's finances are properly managed.
  • To ensure the organisation operates within its agreed accounting policies.
  • To ensure adequate financial resources for the organisation.
  • To contribute to fundraising strategies.
  • Show an active interest in developments in professional fundraising for the organisation.
  • To ensure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities.
  • To ensure the organisation is a responsible employer and adheres to legislation.
  • To effectively support the Chair.

Qualities and Skills of an Executive Member

  • Good leadership skills.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the organisation’s mission and values.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Impartiality and fairness.
  • Ability to respect confidences.
  • Good time-keeping.

Time Commitment Required

The role generally requires a commitment of up to 4 hours per month

 

Executive Member – Fundraising

Role description & person specification

The Board takes on the ultimate legal and financial responsibility for all the activities of ICCL. It maintains an overview of policy and strategic direction rather than being involved in day-to-day operations. The role of an Executive Member is summarised below.

Fundraising

Contributing to a vigorous and appropriate fundraising and marketing programme that will advance the development of the ICCL by:

  • Understanding the need for fundraising and encouraging others to become involved in the ICCL’s campaigns – either as members of sub committees, as Board members or as Donors.
  • Participating actively in the ICCL’s fundraising development programme.
  • With the support of staff and the Board, asking personally for gifts for the ICCL.

Vision and Participation

  • To be committed to the vision, mission and values of the organisation.
  • To provide strategic direction, including oversight of the implementation of strategic plans.
  • To ensure the work of the organisation is monitored and evaluated.
  • Serve as an ambassador and articulate the organisation’s work and achievements to the public.
  • To keep informed of the activities of the organisation and the wider issues that affect its work.
  • To prepare for and attend meetings
  • To attend functions and events run by the ICCL
  • To actively participate in fundraising

Accountability & Legal Responsibilities

  • All Executive Board members will also become Directors of ICCL Limited
  • To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document
  • To ensure the organisation remains compliant with charity and company law.
  • To ensure the organisation continues to make efficient use of resources.
  • To ensure that risks to the organisation, staff, volunteers and service users remain at an acceptable level.
  • To be accountable to membership, funders and other stakeholders.

Financial Management

  • To understand the financial position of the organisation.
  • To ensure that appropriate systems are in place to guarantee that the organisation's finances are properly managed.
  • To ensure the organisation operates within its agreed accounting policies.
  • To ensure adequate financial resources for the organisation.
  • To contribute to fundraising strategies.
  • Show an active interest in developments in professional fundraising for the organisation..
  • To ensure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities.
  • To ensure the organisation is a responsible employer and adheres to legislation.
  • To effectively support the Chair.

Qualities and Skills of an Executive Member

  • Good leadership skills.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the organisation’s mission and values.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Impartiality and fairness.
  • Ability to respect confidences.
  • Good time-keeping.

Time Commitment Required

The role generally requires a commitment of up to 4 hours per month


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