Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre We are seeking a person committed to our charitable objectives to join our Board of Trustees as Treasurer. This will involve an active role in the financial administration of the charity and providing guidance to the Chief Executive.
Since 1983, Nafsiyat has offered high-quality community based intercultural psychotherapy. We offer short to medium term individual, couple, group and family therapy. We provide an accessible and culturally appropriate service to meet the mental health needs of the Black, African, Asian, minoritised ethnic and refugee communities of London. Our staff are fully qualified psychotherapists and counsellors and experienced at working with people from diverse backgrounds. We are accredited as a membership organisation of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and registered as a Charity.
Intercultural psychotherapy and counselling recognises the importance of race, culture, beliefs, values, attitudes, religion and language; and the external realities of the client's life: poverty, refugee status, racism, sexism, physical health and abilities. Recognising the differences and similarities of various aspects of culture for both the client and therapist and also being sensitive to the external realities of the client during therapy/counselling are considered vital for the successful outcome of the therapy. As such, we provide therapy sessions in our clients’ specific languages to eradicate barriers and truly help them.
The Treasurer will be involved in strategic financial planning, financial and management reporting, risk assessment and risk management, and providing advice in areas such as fundraising, investments, governance, compliance, reserves and pensions. They will also provide input to other areas of the charity’s management, including overall growth strategy and policies.
Trustees meet six times a year. These meetings are usually in the evening and very occasionally on a weekend (eg for board awaydays). The Treasurer is expected to attend such meetings and support the Chief Executive in providing statutory quarterly reports. The Treasurer will also need to commit some time to the production of independently examined accounts shortly after the end of the financial year.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
· Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
· Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
· Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.
· Liaise with relevant staff, committee members and/or volunteers to maintain a clear picture of and ensure the financial viability of the organisation.
· Ensure fellow committee members are kept aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
· Regularly report the financial position at committee and quarterly meetings (balance sheet, cash flow, fundraising performance etc).
· Oversee the production of an annual budget and propose its adoption at the last meeting of the previous financial year.
· Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner.
· Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations.
· Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management (as necessary).
· Good financial analysis skills.
· Ability to communicate financial information clearly to those who may have limited or no financial backgrounds.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a current CV and tailored covering letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining how your skills and experience match the requirements for this role.