ecobirmingham want to help Birmingham become a sustainable city – Job opportunity

What will you be doing?

ecobirmingham launched on 1 July 2018 as an exciting and pioneering charity (no. 1177761) following on the great work and track record of Northfield Ecocentre (founded in 2009). We are rooted in Quaker values and have a vision to help Birmingham become a sustainable city. We have a core board of six trustees and we need your help, skills and expertise to take the organisation forward in the next phase of its journey. We are looking for a new Chairperson by April 2020.

Trustees support a team of eight passionate and dedicated part-time staff working across a range of environmental projects including food, transport, waste, education, events and arts engagement.

We will be shifting and growing the organisation over the coming years with a view to supporting more people and organisations across the city, diversifying our funding and income sources, digitising some of our activities, inspiring more action and enabling more engagement. Further information about our work and strategic intentions can be found on our website and 2017 annual report.

What are we looking for?

We are looking to expand our board in order to be as diverse and representative as possible. Whilst we feel we would benefit from trustees with financial, sustainability and fundraising knowledge we are more interested in improving the diversity of our representation. Can you help to guide, scrutinise and advocate for us as we move forward?

  • You might have experience in any of the areas of finance, fundraising, or sustainability or you may have a passion for helping the city become a more environmentally sustainable place to live and work.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
  • You will be able to communicate well and have a drive to move the organisation forward.
  • You may have existing working relationships in the Birmingham area.
  • You will be able to work as a team, put your ideas forward and support others.
  • We particularly wish to include people from the North, East and West of the City, people from a range of cultural backgrounds and young people.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.

What difference will you make?

We are a small organisation with a range of skills but need support, advocacy and guidance to grow the organisation, its profile, impact and reach and improve its long term resilience. Your input will help set our strategic direction so we can create and deliver projects that are relevant and impactful. This will, in turn, allow us to help more people to take positive action toward living more sustainably.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

The support we receive from our volunteers and board is extremely valued and intrinsic to our success. You will be part of a small but well-regarded charity project. You will be able to pass your skills on to others and influence the future development of the organisation. You will also be able to help change the city, learn a lot about sustainability and how to affect behaviour change and have the chance to engage in an issue that effects all of us.

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