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Treasurer – Director

Volunteer opportunity

The Treasurer is a director of NeuroDiverse Self Advocacy Partnership CIC (NDSA) and shares responsibility with the rest of the board for the governance of the organisation. Directors are required to attend board meetings, all of which are virtual. Some knowledge of, and interest in the field of autism would be helpful and applications from the autistic community are encouraged. 

About you

We are looking for someone who has a professional accountancy qualification, but this is not essential if they can demonstrate they have other significant practical and appropriate experience.  You must also be able to understand the dynamics of working with a small team and be able to work and communicate with stakeholders at all levels including other board members, staff, volunteers, and external partners. You will have the ability to see the higher strategic picture but you will also need to be a “hands on” Treasurer working in the practical details of the organisation.

The position is unpaid, but reasonable preliminary agreed out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Responsibilities of the Treasurer

  • Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements to the board and being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs.
  • Ensuring that the organisation has appropriate financial accounting procedures and controls in place ensuring that proper records are kept.
  • Ensuring the accounts are prepared in accordance with financial best practice and meet the requirements of the regulators, funders and the relevant statutory bodies.
  • Being a strong voice into the financial aspects of income generation activities and fundraising applications, and advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans.
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial and governance duties and responsible for presenting the accounts at the annual general meeting.
  • Appraising the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.
  • Managing the finance volunteer(s).
  • Oversight of the financial system.
  • Management of the payroll, tax & NI requirements of the organisation.
  • Oversight of the workplace pension scheme.
  • Working with the other Board members, oversee the production of an annual budget.
  • Undertake bookkeeping duties and/or oversee the finance volunteer ensuring posting and bookkeeping is kept up-to-date.
  • Overseeing regular reconciliations by the finance volunteer.

Minimum time commitment

  • The treasurer is expected to attend all board of directors meetings during the year.
  • In addition, the treasurer is expected to attend and present at the annual general meeting.
  • We estimate that the average minimum time commitment required will be three hours per week, but more could be required at certain times.
  • All NDSA meetings are held virtually.

What are we looking for?

What difference will you make?

According to NAS (www.autism.org.uk), there are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK. If you include their families, autism affects 2.8 million people.

The right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives.

70% of autistic adults say that they are not getting the help they need. 70% of autistic adults also told NAS that with more support they would feel less isolated.

At least one in three autistic adults are experiencing severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support.

Only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment, and only 32% are in some kind of paid work.

Only 10% of autistic adults receive employment support but 53% say they want it.

You probably heard of the needs of autistic children. They all grow up and become autistic adults. Generations diagnosed in childhood are now joining the work force with no supporting services tailored to the new stage of their lives. Many autistic adults are diagnosed late in life, they are employed, have families, they are coping with their struggles until they reach the crisis point, yet they are ‘too able’ to qualify for any support. Existing services and charities focus on the children and on the adults with significant social care needs. We are trying to fill the gaps and our online platform is a tool to make it happen.

Our exciting mentoring programme is helping autistic adults to realise their employment goals. Our online community and information site are promoting social inclusion and positive autism identity.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity to use your skills to accomplish tangible impact for the autistic people, to help a disadvantaged group to gain the tools they need to start helping themselves. This will help many thousands directly and all autistic people with time.

Working with us might be a new experience you’ve been dreaming of.

We welcome applications from candidates on autism spectrum. Join us as to build the Neurodiverse Self Advocacy. Have a say on what could make a difference to your life.

Contact: toolup@ndsa.uk