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About the organisation

The purpose of Operation Reach is to promote social mobility by providing young people from less well-off backgrounds with an opportunity to gain life experience through travel and mentoring.

 

Young people from lower socio-economic groups are still consistently under-represented in the most selective universities and in top professions across all sectors.

 

Operation Reach takes students on transformational trips, teaching them new life skills, pushing them outside their comfort zones and broadening their horizons. The trips have shown to improve young peoples confidence and increase their chances when applying for higher education and competitive graduate jobs.

About the role

Join our team of volunteers to help manage the finances of Operation Reach, reporting to the Board of Trustees.

This will include:

- Managing the bank accounts of the charity, approving ad-hoc payments (approx 1-2 per month) and ensuring income is reconciled at least quarterly

- Performing the book-keeping for the charity, using QuickBooks and ensuring accurate records are maintained

- Maintain tight controls around restricted funds and associated reporting

- Preparing monthly management accounts and tracking variances to budget

- Drafting the annual financial statements and supporting the independent examination

- Overseeing filings with Companies House / HMRC as required

- Supporting the CEO with planning/budgeting processes and constructively challenge where required

- Working closely with the Trustee Treasurer to contribute to strategic decision-making

Our ideal candidate

  • Strong grasp of key accounting principles (qualification desirable)
  • Experience of filing accounts at Companies House and VAT returns
  • Organised
  • Clear communicator
  • Not afraid to ask questions and seek support
  • A passion for adventure, opportunities for young people and social mobility
  • Flexibility to attend meetings (30 mins fortnightly from March - June / 30 mins monthly rest of year)
  • Knowledge of charity accounting standards (desirable)
  • Knowledge of charity law (desirable)

What’s in it for you

A chance to play a critical role in a new charity with big ambitions to “level up” development opportunities for young people In managing the finances you will play an instrumental role in supporting the charity day-to-day, working closely with the charity's CEO with support from a small Board. Aside from the feel-good factor of making a difference to young people’s lives this will be a great opportunity to learn new skills and enhance your CV.  With the support of a hands-on Trustee Treasurer this is a great opportunity for a first volunteer role.

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Financial volunteer

Operation Reach

Apply by

10 Jul 2023

Cause

Cause

Location

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Role-type

Other volunteer role

Time commitment

0-5 hours per month
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