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Board Recruitment Opportunities

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Current Board Opportunities

BCCS, Festival And Premiere Circus - Chair
Tiny Life - Chair
ASCERT - Voluntary Board Members

BCCS, Festival And Premiere Circus - Chair

Who we are and what we do

Belfast Community Circus School (BCCS) has had a long-standing mission statement is to: "Transform lives and communities through the power of circus arts and street theatre.” Although this is currently under-review, the ethos and overall purpose of the School will remain.

Since its inception (1985) BCCS has used circus and street theatre as a tool through which to transform the lives of thousands of children, young people and communities. Through learning new skills and developing their own creative practice together, professional artists have emerged, and others have used what they have gained to excel, develop and progress in other ways. BCCS plays an important part in ensuring many children are ‘school ready’ and young people flourish.

Person Specification

The Chair is expected to abide by the three organisations policies, procedures and guidance documents and to model the organisations values and behaviours in all that they do. The Chair will:

  • be keen to play a key role in finalising these and bringing them to life.
  • work with the CEO and wider team to ensure even stronger governance, excellent strategic planning and a brilliant approach to operations, management and reporting.
  • through a collaborative approach, demonstrate your experience, skills and knowledge of leadership and governance to enable the organisations to thrive.
  • challenge and support the team and wider Board to better understand our audiences, impact and potential and to realise growth, resilience and sustainability.
  • be motivated by results and seek improvements in our branding, marketing and communications that lead to increases in membership, income and effectiveness.

Job Description

  • Provide clear leadership to the Board of Trustees and ensure probity in governance
  • Provide leadership, support and appraisal to the CEO and wider team, where appropriate.
  • Hold the CEO to account for the effective management and delivery of strategic and operational plans across BCCS, FoF and PC.
  • Ensure high quality succession planning across all areas of the three organisations
  • Support the CEO and wider team to develop strong relationships with relevant organisations, stakeholders, funders and networks.
  • Advocate on behalf of all three organisations
  • Identify opportunities for partnership, development and growth
  • Support the CEO to develop and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders including the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and other major funders.


When:  The Charity Board meets at least six times each year. Board sub-committees meet on an as-needed basis throughout the year

Where: Belfast.

Closing Date for applicants: Wednesday 9th September 2020

Download an application pack here

Tiny Life - Chair

Who we are and what we do

TinyLife started out in 1988 as NIMBA (Northern Ireland Mother & Baby Appeal), the only premature and vulnerable baby charity in Northern Ireland. The Charity was established by healthcare professionals and concerned parents in the Belfast area in response to the growing number of babies requiring special or intensive care at birth.
Since our inception, we have established ourselves as a dynamic and highly effective Organisation which has made – and continues to make – a valuable contribution to families across Northern Ireland by supporting research in the areas of still birth, miscarriage and premature birth and by identifying and addressing shortfalls in follow-up services for all those affected by premature birth.

Person Specification

  • Successful track record of achievement through their career.
  • Experience of governance and working with or as part of a Board.
  • Experience of external representation, public speaking, delivering presentations and managing stakeholder relationships.
  • Experience of chairing meetings and events.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to motivate Board members, staff and stakeholders.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the civil society sector and current issues affecting it.
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
  • An understanding of charity governance issues.

Job Description

  • Strategic leadership
  • Governance
  • External Relations
  • Efficiency and effectiveness

When:  The Charity Board meets at least five times each year. Governance Committee and the Finance  Committee which meets up to  five times per year

Where: Belfast

Time commitment: The minimum time commitment for this role is two days per month.

Term of office:  The Chair of the Charity is appointed for a period of up to three years, and is eligible for reappointment, always provided that his/her combined service as a Trustee/Director and Chair shall not exceed nine years.

Closing Date for applicants: Monday 7th September 2020

Download an application pack here

ASCERT - Voluntary Board Members

Who we are and what we do

ASCERT is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and a company limited by guarantee. The organisation has been in existence since 1998 and is one of the largest charities addressing drug and alcohol issues across Northern Ireland. ASCERT is overseen by a Board of Directors who act in a voluntary capacity and are responsible for the governance arrangements of the charity. ASCERT delivers its services across all of Northern Ireland and operates from a head office in Lisburn and regional offices in Belfast, Magherafelt and Omagh. We have around 50 staff, and are supported by independent contractors and volunteers with an operating budget of around £2million.


In this recruitment process we are looking for individuals with a background in the private, public or community/voluntary sectors with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

•             Finance and audit

•             Governance

•             Marketing and Communications

•             Fundraising

•             Lived experience of substance use issues

Role Description and Expectations

Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of ASCERT so as to support the organization’s mission, aims and charitable objectives.

Our Mission: ASCERT addresses alcohol and drug related issues; reducing harm and supporting positive change.

*Major responsibilities of the Board of Directors:

•             Organizational leadership and advisement

•             Formulating strategic direction of the organisation

•             Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures

•             Ensure legal, ethical and financial integrity and maintain accountability

•             Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget

•             Oversight of programme planning and evaluation

•             Personnel evaluation and staff development

•             Review of organizational reports

•             Promotion of the organization

•             Fundraising

*Members of the Board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of ASCERT. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.

Length of term: The term is three years. Board members can serve for multiple terms subject to the approval of the Board.

 Access the full application pack via the ASCERT website by clicking here>>>

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