Bat Conservation Ireland is looking for a suitable person with financial expertise to join the governing Council. This is a voluntary position and the appropriate person would be involved in reviewing annual budgets, quarterly accounts, project budgets (if required) and being part of the annual audit process, in an oversight capacity. Additionally, the appointee would need to review the organisations financial policies and procedures and ensure that best practice is being followed. The appointee would be required to Chair and convene the audit sub-committee, which would meet 4 times per year.
As the organisation does not have a physical office, the appointee would need to be comfortable liaising effectively with Council members, staff and external contractors across a digital landscape.
An understanding of governance for charities would be highly desirable, particularly in relation to financial governance obligations and an ability to communicate financial information for those who do not have a background in this area would be required.
On average it would be anticipated that the appointee would be required to give approximately 4 hours per month, including preparing for and attending Council Meetings (approx. 6 per year, remotely as well as the AGM, in-person), Sub-Committee Meetings (4 per year, remotely), although additional time may be needed at key times during the year.
Bat Conservation Ireland is an independent, non-profit, charity that is Ireland’s leading authority on bats. We conduct monitoring and research to increase knowledge of all Irish bat species, and work to secure and expand existing bat populations, and where feasible to extend their ranges. We aim to develop a genuine and widespread understanding and appreciation of bats amongst the public, state agencies and other organisations, and to secure consistent protection of all bat species and the ecological infrastructure necessary to support them.
A copy of Bat Conservation Ireland’s Strategic Plan (2022-2025), which outlines our vision, mission and values and guiding principles, can be accessed here: https://www.batconservationireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/BCIreland-Strategic-Plan-2022-2025.pdf