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Dublin City Volunteer Centre (DCVC)

Dublin City Volunteer Centre (DCVC) is the ‘one-stop-shop’ for volunteering in the Dublin city area. We are a registered charity in Ireland and a member of Volunteer Ireland and the network of 29 Volunteer Centres nationally.

Our Vision: People in Dublin City are empowered to connect with and contribute to an inclusive, vibrant and sustainable society through volunteering.

We experience high demand for our services, based on a population base of 554,000. We are committed to the delivery of quality services, leadership and good governance.

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Purpose of the Role:

We are looking for someone with experience in financial management or accountancy to join our board. You will be involved with helping the Centre to increase sustainability, scale-up and focus on wider business and strategic priorities and opportunities, in line with our Strategic Plan 2022-2026.

You will be working closely with the chair and other board members to provide strategic guidance and to govern DCVC. You will support the Centre Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Centre.

Specific Responsibilities of this Role

  • Oversees, presents and approves budgets, accounts and financial statements.
  • Prepares and presents financial reports to the board in an understandable way.
  • Ensures that the Centre’s financial resources meet its needs.
  • Ensures that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.
  • Liaises with any staff/volunteers about financial matters.
  • Advises on the financial implications of any new projects or activities.
  • Chairs the finance committee of the Board.
  • Signs off on the Annual Audit of Accounts.
  • Oversees the appointment of Auditors.
  • Presents the accounts to the AGM.
  • Ensures that the Organisation has good and prudent accounting procedures, including a reserves policy.
  • Oversees the appointment of Bankers to the Centre.

General Board Responsibilities

  • Support the manager with strategic organisational development
  • Prepare adequately for and regularly attend board meetings
  • Evaluate, reflect and take an active part in board discussions
  • Be respectful of and build trust with management while holding management accountable
  • Act as ambassadors for the Centre, actively promoting the work of the organisation
  • Commit to ensuring best practice is adhered in relation to governance and accountability

The Board

DCVC’s Board of Trustees is made up of a number of committed and experienced volunteers from the voluntary, community and private sector. They are a group of forward thinking and supportive people that strive to govern DCVC is a positive and proactive manner.

Time Commitment

The Board typically meets six to eight times per year, and board meetings are generally of no more than two hours’ duration. Board meetings are usually held during work hours (currently Mondays during lunchtime); however, the Board is open to reconsidering times and venues for board meetings. Additional meetings of sub committees are arranged, as required, by the members involved.

Place of Board Meeting

Dublin City Volunteer Centre, Unit 4 Whitefriars, Aungier Street, Dublin 2 or online

Support & Training

  • The new director will receive a formal induction and will be given access to all relevant policies and the board handbook.
  • The chair of the board and the Centre manager will be available for support and advice. A mentor system will be in place for the first few months if desired.
  • New directors will have an opportunity to avail of training incl. governance training to meet the requirements of the roles where necessary and/or resources allow.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will be part of a dedicated team that is working to promote the value of volunteering and increase the range and quality of volunteering in Ireland.
  • You will play your part in ensuring a vibrant Irish society where every person feels connected to their community, through active participation in voluntary activities.
  • You will gain experience in the areas of good governance, the voluntary sector and volunteer management.
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to the leadership & direction of the organisation & its policies, practices & activities.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain new skills working as part of a team on a voluntary committee.
  • DCVC will reimburse transport costs incurred by the volunteer during his/her volunteering upon submission of receipts/mileage form.

More about you

  • Experience in the area of financial management or accountancy
  • A genuine interest in the community and voluntary sector and a commitment to volunteering
  • An awareness of and commitment to the values and objectives of Dublin City Volunteer Centre
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Committed to setting objectives
  • Willing to resolve issues positively
  • Mindful of the difference between governance & management
  • Acting from a desire to build consensus

More about us

DCVC was formed in 2014 from a merger between Dublin City North and Dublin City South Volunteer Centres. The Centre serves the Dublin City Council administrative boundary area - a population of 550,000. We are part of the national network of 29 Volunteer Centres and a member of Volunteer Ireland.

Testimony from previous board member

“DCVC is such an easy organisation to govern as it is run with heart, care and kindness from the bottom up, and top down. After 30 years of working in the “for profit” sector this is not a common thing to say! I learnt a huge amount, and probably got more out of my time in DCVC that DCVC did ever got out of me.”