Chair of Trustee
Voluntary but travel expenses paid
Board meetings are held on a monthly to six weekly basis, typically in the evening.
The Board meets in Livingston or remotely by video call.
About the job
The Board are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation to deliver the charitable objectives. As a member of the Board of Trustees you will be responsible for ensuring the effective oversight and governance within the organisation for the benefit of the vulnerable young people we support.
Open Door have an experienced management team who are responsible for the day-to-day management and service delivery of the organisation’s support staff. The Board will be responsible for the supervision of the Chief Executive to take overall responsibility for the organisation, acting collectively and effectively in its interests by giving strategic direction and determining our mission and vision. The Board make decisions required for assurance and management of the organisation, ensuring compliance, good governance and adequate financial resources for our services whilst protecting our assets and property. The Board also ensure we manage risks carefully, as a responsible employer and uphold the principles of equality and diversity.
General responsibilities, of the Board include:
Promote and champion the values of Open Door
Provide strategic leadership, and support to the Chief Executive Officer
Ensure that Open Door complies with its constitution, charity law, other relevant legislation or regulations and fulfils the requirements of all relevant statutory inspections by regulatory bodies including the Care Inspectorate
Ensures that Open Door pursues its objects as defined in its constitution
Ensure the financial viability and sustainability of the Charity
Ensure that Open Door applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objectives
Design, review and approve all strategic policies, plans and budgets to ensure the organisation complies and delivers its charitable objectives, and monitor performance against them
Set and maintain frameworks of delegation, internal control and risk management
Ensure effective and efficient administration of the organisation and support the Chief Executive Officer, as necessary
Annually review the performance of the Board and take steps to improve its performance
Appoint independent auditors
Be aware of and abstain from any conflict of interest
Keep beneficiaries at the heart of decision making
Review organisational investment policy on an annual basis
Seek new Trustees when appropriate
Open Door are embarking on a transformation journey with the aim of enhancing our core service and expanding our complimentary service capability within West Lothian. To complement the skills and experience already on the board, we are particularly interested in recruiting new board members with the following experience and skills:
- Social work
- Human resource management
- Housing / Supported Accommodation
We are also keen to enhance the diversity of the board and would encourage applications from:
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background;
- Under 50 years old;
- Care experienced and/ or experience of housing insecurity.
Previous board experience is not essential but we would consider the following qualities and competencies to be essential:
- experience of working as part of a team;
- understanding of charity governance and duties of a charity trustee;
- non-judgemental and commitment to the strategic values of Open Door;
- leadership within your field of expertise;
- sound, independent judgement;
- ability to devote sufficient time and effort to Open Door.
How to apply
If you would like to help shape and develop an organisation committed to enabling and empowering the most vulnerable in the West Lothian community we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please download application, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We only accept fully completed application form; CV’s will not be accepted.
Interviews are likely to be held by MS Teams. If this will present a challenge for any reasons please let us know as soon as possible in order that we can make alternative arrangements.
If you would like to have an informal discussion prior to applying please contact:
Tony Holloran, Secretary via email@example.com.
We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.
Open Door Accommodation Project is a youth charity that has been working for over thirty years with some of West Lothian’s most vulnerable young people at risk of homeless. Many may have been affected by family breakdown, are care leavers, have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, have poor mental health or well-being, are socially isolated and will struggle to find or sustain employment due to lack of qualifications or experience.
We aim to support the young people who come to us in a number of ways. Our priority is to provide a safe space for young people in crisis and then we work with them to devise a support plan to enable them to manage the transition from homelessness, cope with independent living and progress towards positive outcomes. A support plan is tailored to individual need and can include: welfare advice, budgeting, cookery skills to encourage healthy eating on a budget, education and training, employability skills and volunteering opportunities. We also aim to give each young vulnerable person practical support. This can include furniture, a household pack with basic toiletries and cleaning materials and a food pack. Many of the young people come to us with nothing more than a small bag of clothes so this practical support is essential.
We offer two housing services- hostel accommodation with ten units in the Craigshill area of Livingston, and a supported flats service offering young people accommodation in flats across West Lothian. We also offer a Community Outreach project which encompasses one to one support, an employability service, a volunteering project and health and wellbeing service.
Open Door Accommodation Project operates as an enabling and empowering organisation. The approach to our work is innovative and multi-disciplinary.
We acknowledge the views of our stakeholders in our skilled and effective delivery of safe secure accommodation and support to young people at risk of homelessness between the ages of 16 and 25 years.
Open Door Accommodation Project is committed to working in partnership with other agencies in the provision of quality services for vulnerable young people and in advancing the aims of social justice by assisting young people to take their place in society.
The Values that Open Door Accommodation Project work towards may be summarised as follows:
A person- centred approach: To place the primary focus on the welfare, development and aspirations of the young person.
Respect: To pay full regard to the individuality, integrity, humanity and right to privacy of the young person and to his/her wishes at any time. To apply Open Door Accommodation Project’s Policy on confidentiality.
Self Determination: As far as possible, to encourage the young person to exercise choice, to make or participate in decisions, which affect him /her, and to contribute to decisions about the running of the organisation.
Participation: As far as his/her capacities and wishes allow, to encourage the young person to become involved in all the activities in which he/she is engaged.
Openness: In relating to young people, to be honest and truthful; to allow them full access to information and to ensure that the Project’s processes are transparent.
Personal development: To promote the social confidence and self-awareness of residents and to encourage and help them to achieve their potential.
Inclusiveness: To avoid discrimination on any grounds; to ensure that the young person’s views are fully represented.
Rights & Responsibilities: To encourage young people to exercise their rights and to achieve a proper balance between rights and responsibilities.
Please click the Apply Now button to download our Application Form. Once complete, please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org