Join our board and be part of community rail

Join our board and be part of community rail

19 Dec, 2019

Organisation:                  Association of Community Rail Partnerships

Salary:                               Voluntary role, with expenses paid

Time commitment:      Quarterly meetings, plus interim conference calls and emails

Location:                          Meetings held in Birmingham, West Midlands

We are seeking an experienced and knowledgeable third sector leader to join our voluntary board, bringing skills in governance, change management and ideally funding and finance. You’ll be part of an organisation at an exciting stage in its development, with a growing presence and influence, helping communities to be more sustainable and inclusive through engagement in transport.


About us

We are a dynamic not-for-profit supporting hundreds of community groups around Britain that engage local people in their local railways and stations. Our members carry out crucial, often life-changing work, by enabling more people to access opportunities via sustainable and healthy travel, helping communities to have a voice in transport development, turning stations into community hubs, and bringing people together through volunteering and place-making.

We are committed to helping the community rail movement to flourish: we support its growth, help our members to increase their impact, and aim to create a positive environment for community rail to work collaboratively with industry, government and third sector partners.

We have a staff team of 16, based partly in our Huddersfield office, and partly in different locations to support our burgeoning membership. They are overseen by a board of 11, elected from our members, and who are knowledgeable and passionate about the community rail field.

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About this role

With our organisation evolving rapidly, we want to make sure our board is well equipped to lead and oversee our ongoing development. Alongside our 11 existing board members elected from our membership, we wish to co-opt someone onto the board who can bring evidenced experience in community and voluntary sector governance and leadership, and fresh thinking.

You will have worked at a senior level and/or served on the board at charities or non-profits of around our size or bigger, and be able to demonstrate your contribution to their development and effective governance. We are ideally looking for someone with a good understanding of third sector funding, finance and management, who can advise and assist our board with fulfilling its responsibilities in line with good practice and to maximise our impact.

You will share our commitment to empowering communities to be more inclusive and sustainable, and appreciate the value of people being engaged and having a voice in local transport provision.

Read our overview of board responsibilities.


Skills and competencies

We are looking for:

  1. Demonstrable experience in third sector management and leadership, including a track record of impacting positively on the development of organisations of around our size or bigger;
  2. An understanding of good practice in third sector governance and change management, and ideally funding and finance;
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work confidently with stakeholders at all levels and engage in positive discussion; articulate and assertive, and a great team player;
  4. Awareness of social inclusion and sustainability issues, and an appreciation of the importance of sustainable travel and mobility to communities;
  5. A commitment to working in a transparent, ethical and inclusive manner, including an ability to draw on the input, ideas and advice of others.

You will need an ability to travel to quarterly meetings in Birmingham using public transport (dates set a year ahead, with reasonable expenses paid), considering papers as needed, and to engage in quarterly interim conference calls and occasional email consultation and decisions.

To apply, email by 12noon on Thursday 9 January 2020 with two attachments: your CV and a short covering letter (no more than one side of A4) summarising relevant skills and competencies that you would bring. Please include a daytime phone number.

Alternatively, email to arrange an informal phone conversation with one of our existing chair or vice-chairs in early January.

We will conduct informal interviews on 20-21 January 2020 in Huddersfield, ideally in person or Skype may be possible. If you are being invited in, we will contact you by phone the week before.

ACoRP is an equal opportunities employer and takes a fully open and inclusive approach to recruiting into this position.

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