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Trustee

Edinburgh
N/A
Permanent

Edinburgh University Students’ Association exists to represent and support over 39,500 University of Edinburgh students throughout their time at University. 

As a registered Scottish Charity, we have a strong and active Board. The Students’ Association is a complex and dynamic organisation, and being able to understand and meet the needs of our student members is our top priority. 

Trustees play a vital leadership role at the Students’ Association, ensuring that we are governed effectively; establishing and monitoring strategy; and ensuring we are true to our values, keeping our student members at the heart of everything we do.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the running of the Students’ Association during an exciting period of change. We are midway through our 2015-19 strategic plan and, although we have made progress, there is still much to do before we will achieve our long-term vision for students realised. Our Trustees will play a key role in helping us to deliver the improvements needed to see that vision realised.   

We work tirelessly to ensure student voices are heard, valued and acted upon and that students are supported and encouraged to experience all university life has to offer. 

We do this by: 

• Working in close partnership with the University of Edinburgh and others 

• Being welcoming, friendly and approachable 

• Helping students when they need us. Offering outstanding professional support, whether it’s advice on finances, academic, social or health issues 

• Encouraging the long-lasting friendships that come with being in a union, be that in a team, society or social space 

• Giving students the opportunity to try something new and to push themselves to realise their potential  

• Being the students’ voice and taking it to the university and beyond, to secure positive change on things that matter to them 

• Delivering a range of services that let students enjoy Edinburgh student life to the full 

 

ROLE DESCRIPTION

The role of the External Trustee is to utilise their personal and professional skills, experience and knowledge to support and assist the Students’ Association in developing and delivering its Mission, Vision and Values, and achieving its organisational goals.  The External Trustee will be an active and contributing member of the Board at all levels, individually and collectively responsible for ensuring organisational compliance in all areas of legislation, policy and procedure, and ensuring that the Board reaches structured and sound decisions. 

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Be an active member of the Board, providing organisational oversight and engaging in participative decision making, to ensure that the Students’ Association exemplifies its mission, vision and values. 
  • Ensure that the Students’ Association complies with its constitution, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation.  
  • Ensure effective oversight, scrutiny and management of risks within Students’ Association with regard to finances, activities or any other undertakings which may place our property, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk. 
  • Actively participate and contribute to Board discussion and decisions, bringing your experience, knowledge, and perspective to ensure that the Students’ Association is well run and operates within its stated aims.  
  • Seek external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the organisation or where the Trustees may be in breach of their duties.  
  • Provide active leadership with regard to changes - including planning with foresight in regard to major changes, and acting in the best interests of the Students’ Association with regard to unplanned changes to minimise organisational risks.  
  • Work to promote a positive public profile and reputation for the Students’ Association and represent the organisation as required 
  • Be an active member of the Board, providing organisational oversight and engaging in participative decision making, to ensure that the Students’ Association exemplifies its’ mission, vision and values.  
  • Ensure that the Students’ Association complies with its constitution, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation.  
  • Ensure effective oversight, scrutiny and management of risks within Students’ Association with regard to finances, activities or any other undertakings which may place our property, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk. 
  • Actively participate and contribute to Board discussion and decisions, bringing your experience, knowledge, and perspective to ensure that the Students’ Association is well run and operates within its stated aims.  
  • Seek external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the organisation or where the Trustees may be in breach of their duties.  
  • Provide active leadership with regard to changes - including planning with foresight in regard to major changes, and acting in the best interests of the Students’ Association with regard to unplanned changes to minimise organisational risks.  
  • Undertake the role of Trustee with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of the Students’ Association funds or assets acting in accordance with the Trustee Code of Conduct at all times.  
  • Provide strategic oversight of the Students’ Association, reviewing and participating in decision making regarding proposed changes in the best interests of the Students’ Association. 
  • Monitor and assess the organisation’s results in relation to the agreed strategy and budget and to agree alternative action to remedy shortfalls if required 

 

In addition to the above duties, each Trustee should use specific perspectives, skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:  

 

  • Scrutinising Board papers  - there are 5 Board meetings per annum plus involvement with specialist sub-committees
  • Leading discussions  
  • Focusing on key issues  
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives  
  • Other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise  
  • Although the role is unpaid, reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. This is an outstanding opportunity to actively contribute to the quality of life of the students of one of the world’s leading Universities and help Edinburgh University Students Association fulfil its mission, goals and strategic plan.

 

Edinburgh University Students Association is partnering with Eden Scott on the recruitment of a Trustee, please send your up to date CV to our adviser, Chris Logue, Director, Eden Scott Ltd using the contact details on this page.

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