Autism Life Centres (ALC)
The Treasurer will work closely with the Chair, Executive Directors and the Board of Directors. The role will require knowledge and experience of Finance, Strategy and Governance, but also where possible Fundraising, Legal and Risk. The role is voluntary and unpaid.
Autism Life Centre (ALC) is a day centre provision for young adults with autism which is currently based at the Dan Murphy Day centre, Trealaw, Rhondda. The Centre was set up by a group of parents of young adults with autism and other professionals to provide post-18 provision for young people, who were unable to access other provision due to their complex needs. The Centre has support from RCT and service users are presently from this authority. ALC has been providing a full-time day service since September 2016.
Monitor the financial standing of the charity and report to the Board regarding cash-flow forecasting, income streams, out-going expenses and the overarching strategic management of the organisation’s financial resources.
Develop and oversee the financial risk-management process and report financial health to the board of directors at regular intervals.
Acts as a counter signatory on cheques and applications to funders and ensure that annual accounts are submitted to all relevant regulators in a timely fashion.
Liaising with external auditors on financial issues and ensuring that the organization’s finances are responsibly managed and invested for the betterment of the organization’s work and for the beneficiaries it serves.
Main responsibilities of the treasurer
In relation to finance
Budgeting and strategic financial planning
- Ensure all strategic plans are financially appraised and budgets are aligned to both short-term and long-term objectives each year.
- Oversee planning/budgeting processes in participation with the Board and constructively challenge where required.
- Suggest alternative scenarios while evaluating strategic plans as a part of the risk management process and as a part of performance and reporting scenarios.
- Create greater transparency and accountability to improve resource allocation and company’s image by adding specific measures as per SORP guidelines.
- Ensure a high standard of management accounting is maintained in order to safeguard assets.
- Liaise with Executive Director and trustees to prepare and produce management accounts regularly.
Statutory Financial Reporting
- Board level liaison with external auditors on specific issues in the auditing process and related board representations.
- Guide and advise fellow directors to formally approve the annual report and audited accounts.
- Explain technicalities of accounts in plain language which is fully understood by the directors.
- Develop reserves policy and safeguard the organisation’s finances.
- Keep the board informed of free reserves position regularly and advise to cope with changing circumstances.
In relation to Governance
- Lead the Board’s duty to ensure proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are controlled, invested and economically spent in line with governance, legal and regulatory requirements.
- Chair finance committees in line with standing orders and terms of reference and reporting findings/developments back to the Board .
- Advising on the financial implications of the strategic plans and overseeing the financial risk-management process.
- Lead in the development and implementation of financial reserves, cost management and investment policies.
Qualities of a Treasurer
- Qualified accountant with demonstrated commercial awareness and knowledge.
- Knowledge of Community Interest Company SORP and impending changes.
- Competent use of IT skills.
- Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders.
- Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Directors.
- Good communication and leadership skills
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience of CIC fundraising and finance practices.
- Dedicated to the organisation’s cause and objectives and willing to act as an ambassador to external bodies, charities and companies.
- Skills and experience in one or more areas of non-executive governance and management e.g. strategic planning, business management, financial/accountancy, understanding of HR issues, experience of Trusts or other grant giving bodies particularly fundraising and legal knowledge.
- A team-oriented approach to problem solving and to management.
Time commitment and location
- The Board meets at least 4 times a year.
- You will be a member of a sub-committee which will meet at least 2 times in a year.
- Attendance at award meetings or fundraising meetings is optional.
- Board meetings are held at the organisation’s premises or virtually
For an informal discussion, please contact the Goodson Thomas team on 029 2167 4422. To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter via goodsonthomas.com/vacancies, quoting 0308-GT-ALC in the subject line.
All applications will be acknowledged.