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PEACE DIRECT US BOARD OF TRUSTEES

IS SEEKING A BOARD TREASURER

 

Peace Direct, a leading international peacebuilding organization based in the US and UK, is seeking a new Treasurer to serve with our US Board of Trustees. The Treasurer provides financial oversight and guidance to the US organization as a principal officer of the Board. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for our mission, financial expertise, thoughtful strategic guidance, and a collaborative working style to the US Board to support the organization. They will have senior-level experience in finance, bookkeeping, accounting, or nonprofit financial management. They will enjoy working with a small, dynamic organization to advance a big mission.

Who We Are:

Peace Direct works with local people to stop violent conflict and build lasting peace. We believe local people understand the problems they face best and have the solutions their communities need. We support long-term partners in 13 countries around the world and promote locally led peacebuilding efforts globally and in the US. We advocate with the United Nations and US government to shift power, decision-making, and resources for building peace to local communities. Peace Direct US is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Peace Direct in the UK.

The Role:

We are currently seeking a new US Board Treasurer to begin June 2021. The Treasurer will bring a passion for our mission, nonprofit financial expertise, thoughtful strategic guidance, and a collaborative working style to the US Board to support the organization. The Treasurer is an active member of the Board of Trustees, leads the US Finance Committee, and attends quarterly UK Finance Committee meetings (virtually).

The Treasurer serves a term of 3 years, with the possibility of one additional 3-year term. This is a volunteer position with an average time commitment of 5 hours per month.

Responsibilities:

The Treasurer is the lead board director of financial management and oversight. They ensure the board maintains proper oversight for the solvency of the organization, lead the development of necessary financial policies, and act as the financial liaison between the board and staff. The Treasurer offers fiscal guidance to the US Executive Director and the US Financial Officer to ensure strong financial planning, decision-making, and general oversight at a governance level.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Chair the Finance Committee, leading its quarterly meetings, and reporting on its behalf to the Board
  • Review annual budgets and quarterly financial reports prepared by staff
  • Help lead the development of organizational financial policies
  • Ensure the organization maintains proper internal controls to safeguard assets
  • Serve as a co-signer on bank accounts, with at least one other signing officer
  • Ensure government tax filings and remittances are submitted on time
  • Ensure the annual audit is conducted
  • Participate in quarterly UK Finance Committee meetings virtually
  • Liaise with the Executive Director and Finance Officer to provide guidance as needed

Board Contribution: All board members are expected to contribute financially on an annual basis to support the organization. Contributions may be given directly or raised (“give or get”).

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and growth
  • Nonprofit accounting and/or nonprofit financial management experience
  • Commitment to attend quarterly Board and Finance Committee meetings, held online or in person in Washington, D.C., or New York City
  • Previous experience working with small to mid-level nonprofit organizations, and/or serving on nonprofit boards, a plus

Application Timeline:

Peace Direct’s US Board will be taking applications until January 31, 2021. Please provide a curriculum vitae or resume, along with a cover letter explaining your interest in serving in this role. Please send your application to Christine Trillana: [email protected]

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion:

Peace Direct is committed to building a vibrant, equitable and inclusive organization. We actively strive to bring a diversity of voices, skills and experience to our Board. We welcome applicants from different ethnic, racial, economic, sexual orientation, gender identity and religious backgrounds.

 

 

Opportunities with our London office

 

Head of Programmes and Research

(£50,000 per year)

We are looking for an experieced manager to lead our newly merged Programmes and Research team. The team is responsible for supporting our local partners around the world to deliver their vital peacebuilding work, as well as undertaking research into the effectiveness and sustainability of locally led peacebuilding efforts. Like many charities, 2020 has been a very challenging year for us and so we have restructured the organisation to reduce our running costs and ensure that we can continue to deliver our mission for years to come. The merging of our International Programmes department and Policy and Research department has been a core part of the restructure and we are now looking for someone to lead the new Programmes and Research department.

We are looking for an experienced professional with at least five years experience in the peacebuilding or a related sector. You will have a solid track record of team and line management, be a strategic thinker when it comes to peacebuilding practice and have a firm commitment to supporting local efforts, in exploring ways to shift power to local actors and in transforming the international system so that is more attuned to the needs and perspectives of local actors.

You will be an excellent communicator, will be comfortable representing Peace Direct in international meetings (including representing the CEO) and will have strong financial/budget management skills. You will also be fluent in French, as a large proportion of our international programmes are based in Francophone Africa.

Finally, we are looking for someone who is creative, calm and adaptable even under the most challenging of circumstances. The work we support around the world is based in some of the most volatile contexts, and things often don’t go according to plan. We are looking for people who thrive under these situations.

While the post is based in our London office, we have closed our office due to COVID-19 and do not expect to reopen it until March 2021. Therefore the successful candidate will be expected to work from home for the first few months of the year at least.

Peace Direct strives to be a diverse and inclusive employer, with equality of opportunities regardless of personal identity, and we are committed to improving our systems and ways of working to support this, including creating a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) working group, DEI strategy and recruitment guidelines. We strongly encourage individuals from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and people with mental health challenges.

Deadline to apply: 17th January 2021. Only completed applications will be accepted and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered.

The application form and job description can be found below.

Peace Direct works hard to ensure its staff have a good work life balance and feel valued. Some of the benefits we have include:

  • 25 days annual leave not including the office closing between Christmas and New Year.
  • Stakeholder Pension with Peace Direct contributing 6%
  • An interest free season ticket loan for the purchase of a commuter season ticket
  • Flexible working hours
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave pay (12 weeks full pay, 12 weeks half pay)
  • Training budget available for all staff (we have secured ‘Investors in People’ accreditation and are committed to the development and support of all staff).
  • A warm and friendly work environment!

 

 

 

 

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