Clerk to the Trustees of a grant making charity – Making funds work for people

After 20 years in post the Clerk to the Trustees is retiring. If you think that you could continue to innovate and enable the Trustees to better help people within the beneficial area please read the advertisement and job description. Maybe you are just the person the Trustees are looking for.

Alan Higgs was a Coventry businessman who died in 1979. Having experienced deprivation in his own childhood he was particularly concerned to support and encourage underprivileged young people in Coventry and the surrounding area. He believed that a good start in life through access to opportunities is of more value than inherited wealth. For over forty years the Alan Edward Higgs Charity has contributed to many projects and services within a geographic area of 25 miles from the centre of Coventry.

The Trustees make grants for a wide range of activities carried out by small and large organisations. The Trustees have been keen to match the fundraising efforts of local groups and have avoided allowing any group or organisation to come to depend on their grants. The Trustees make no grants to individuals but make grants to charities that have specialist concerns and expertise. Fuller information is on the website at https://www.higgscharity.org.uk/

Job purpose:

The Trustees meet quarterly to make certain decisions regarding the governance of the Charity’s activities including grant making. The clerk is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Charity.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  1. To assist the trustees as required to ensure the Charity fulfils its objects by performing certain key tasks including:
  2. arranging trustee meetings, circulating materials and dial-in details or booking facilities for meeting as required;
  3. managing the website including: collating grant applications for review and approval, and seeking feedback from beneficiaries/recipient organisations;
  4. managing relationships with key advisers (lawyers, accountants etc.) to ensure the Charity’s compliance with legal and accounting requirements.
  5. [maintaining accurate and current details of property interests and liaising with advisers in relation to the same];
  6. liaising with fund managers and independent advisers to ensure up to date investment strategy is adopted and implemented.
  7. To seek out new grant making opportunities; and
  8. To nurture existing relationships with charity stakeholders within the community.

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Apply by writing to clerkappointment@higgscharity.org.uk attaching your cv. Please do not send a generic application letter or cv: address this job in what you write and in showing relevant skills and experience through your cv.

Applications close on Monday 25 October 2021 at midnight.