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The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland Board of Trustees are looking for a Chairperson to help achieve their new strategic vision for the charity. The Chair will bring a broad range of skills to the table.

Previous Board experience is a requirement to go forward for the role and the Donkey Sanctuary welcomes applications from accross Ireland. 

General Trustee duties of a Charity Trustee

  • Comply with the Charity’s governing document
  • Ensuring charity is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
  • Acting in the best interest of the charity
  • Act with Reasonable Care and Skill
  • Manage the assets of your charity

The responsibilities of the Chair are as follows:

  • The Chairperson has a strategic role to play by communicating effectively the vision and purpose of the organisation, to ensure the Board functions well, that there is full participation at meetings.
  • To plan and Chair meetings in accordance with the governing document
  • To liaise with Executive Director and to keep up to date on the affairs of the organisation
  • To bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings and decision making
  • To ensure that decisions made at meetings are implemented
  • To be aware of current issues that might affect the organisation
  • To advocate for and represent the organisation at external meetings and events if required

Qualities and skills required

  • Good leadership skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up
  • Good time-keeping
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Understanding of the roles/responsibilities of a governing body
  • Background in Legal, HR, Finance or Marketing 

As part of The Donkey Sanctuary (UK) charity group our aim is to help many more of the tens of millions of donkeys and mules worldwide through field projects, research and advocacy work promoting lasting collaborations with communities, partner NGOs, governments, the media and public. We need strategic thinkers with strong communication and we need people of integrity with a strong commitment to our aims and a collaborative approach.

In return you will be joining a Board with a genuine desire to make a difference.

There will be approximately four board meetings a year. Meetings are held in Dublin and Cork. After attendance to at least two meetings face-to-face, virtual attendance at meetings is a possibility.  

The role of trustee is a voluntary position and is therefore not remunerated, but reasonable travel and other expenses incurred as part of the role will be reimbursed. 

If you are an experienced individual with a passion for animal welfare, we are keen to hear from you.