Human Rights Charity Treasurer and Trustee at Amicus

We are looking to recruit a replacement Treasurer, following a retirement from the Board in July 2022. The deadline for applications is COB Friday 5th August 2022.


Amicus is a small human rights charity which helps provide representation for those facing the death penalty in the US. 
 
We believe capital punishment is imposed disproportionately on the most vulnerable in society, violating their right to due process and equal justice before the law. We aim to provide better access to justice and to raise awareness of potential abuses of defendants' rights. 
 
We are not a campaigning organisation, although we do hold events to increase knowledge of the issues we seek to address. We believe we can make the greatest difference through frontline work, which includes:
•    arranging placements for volunteers to support legal teams on the ground in the US (pre-Covid19, about 35 to 40 annually);
•    co-ordinating pro bono assistance from UK-based lawyers working at affiliated law firms (currently overseeing over 500 volunteers); and
•    running internationally-recognised bi-annual US death penalty law training.


What will you be doing? 

We are looking to recruit a replacement Treasurer, following a retirement from the Board in July 2022.
 
We have three members of staff, led by the Director, who perform the Charity’s day-to-day operational functions. Collectively, Trustees are responsible for setting strategy and providing oversight of Amicus’ work. As we are a small charity, however, each Trustee also supports the staff in a particular area of expertise.
 
Specific responsibilities of the Treasurer include:
•    Providing accountancy expertise to the Board of Trustees and the Director.
•    Reporting to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals (mainly at the four scheduled meetings a year), ensuring that the Board is monitoring effectively the financial standing of the Charity and the management of its finances.
•    Working with the Charity’s Company Secretary (a fellow Trustee) and the Director on Amicus’ ongoing budgeting and cash flow forecasting.
•    Coordinating with the Company Secretary to ensure that the Charity’s Annual Accounts are filed on time, including managing the liaison with our independent assessors. 
•    Liaising with the Director regarding the management and performance of Amicus’ finances, such as ensuring that the Charity’s financial controls and creditors’/debtors’ positions are in order and reviewing our bookkeeping.
•    To be one of the online counter-signatories on outgoing payments (on average usually less than 6 a month). 
 
What are we looking for?

The ideal candidate would bring the following qualification, skills and experience:
•    Qualified accountant. 
•    Ability to work as part of a team and willingness to take collective responsibility for the governance of the Charity.
•    Strong communicator.
•    An interest in human rights.
•    Experience in fundraising, corporate matching, and grant-making would be useful but not essential. 
 
What difference will you make?

This is an opportunity to use your existing skills, and some of your time and passion, to support a charity doing frontline work. We achieve concrete results from the work that we do: Amicus saves lives.
 
We are fortunate to have a good financial position today, but Covid19 presented a fundraising challenge to all charities, so good financial management will be critical to our continued success.  

What's in it for the volunteer?
Being a Trustee for a small charity is a challenge but very rewarding: You will be able to make a tangible and immediate difference to our work. You will also get experience on a Board of Trustees. 

Before you apply
Please visit our website (www.amicus-alj.org) – and we suggest that you watch this short film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJbAXJwEE_E&feature=emb_title) – to gain an understanding of the importance of our work. 

Time commitment
•    0-3 hours / week 
•    Four 3-hour Trustee meetings a year (outside office hours, held on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings) located in central London. Under normal circumstances, occasional remote participation is acceptable. Currently all meetings are held by zoom, but the Board hopes to resume in-person meetings soon.
•    Separately, about an hour a week on specific Treasurer responsibilities.

Application process
Please submit a CV and a one-page covering letter detailing your relevant qualifications, skills and experience for this role, and sharing your interest in human rights:

•    Email applications to:margot@amicus-alj.org
•    Deadline for applications:  COB Friday 5th August 2022.
•    Interviews (by zoom) will be held during w/c Monday 15th August 2022.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. 





While our US placements are open year-round, we also occasionally have vacancies for UK office-based volunteers, trustees and staff members. Keep an eye on this page for opportunities.