Youth Board Member

Friends of the Earth

Flexible Location

Volunteer • Part Time

friendsoftheearth.uk recruitment@foe.co.uk

Reference: SYS-YBM

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Tuesday, 30th April 2019  


Youth Board Member - Friends of the Earth

Volunteer status: No salary, reasonable travel expenses to all meetings are covered
Duration: 2-3 years, part-time – expected commitment of four board meetings per year plus annual away days
Location: Flexible – usually 3 meetings are held in London and 2 outside London
Closing date: 30 April 2019
Interview date: 23 May 2019

As we strive to protect the environment and tackle climate change at this critical time, we are looking to appoint our first ever Youth Board member (aged 18-25 years) to join the Friends of the Earth Board.

About Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth stands with anyone who cares about the world we live in. We work with local groups, experts, business leaders and politicians to push for change on a wide range of environmental causes. Over the course of Friends of the Earth’s history, it has been at the forefront of exciting and crucial campaigns, from pioneering recycling in the 1980s to challenging road building in the 1990s, and more recently to standing up against fracking and plastic pollution.

We need to tackle climate change urgently in the coming years if we are to prevent catastrophic damage to our planet. Our organisational strategy highlights that, in order to do this, we must enable a diverse range of people to help us campaign to protect our environment. As the impact of young people’s leadership on climate change is now becoming more widely recognised, we are looking to appoint someone to the centre of our governance to help steer our strategy and impact.

About the role

Sharing responsibility with other Board members, this is a governance role at a senior organisational level that involves reviewing and evaluating our campaigning strategy and how successfully we are growing our movement of activists and supporters. We are especially looking for a young person’s perspective to guide the development of our campaigning and activism work with a wide range of young people.

Main responsibilities

The role involves the following key areas, working with fellow Board members as a team under the direction of the Chair:

  • Supporting and guiding the mission and values of Friends of the Earth
  • Providing strategic direction and advice for the organisation
  • Fulfilling legal responsibilities as a director under company law
  • Fundraising, financial management and compliance
  • Assessing risks and recommending mitigating actions
  • Supporting and constructively challenging our senior leadership team
  • Contributing to the organisation’s growing work with young people

Induction into the role includes training and mentoring on all of the role’s responsibilities, particularly the financial and legal aspects.

Key skills and attributes

  • Strong interest in and commitment to Friends of the Earth’s values and environmental goals
  • Energy, judgement and a keen strategic eye
  • Passion for making a difference
  • Articulate, confident and strong interpersonal skills
  • Aged 18-25
  • No prior experience on Boards or Trusts needed

Being a member of the Friends of the Earth Board is a highly rewarding experience and you’ll play a vitally important role.

If you feel you have the skills required to add value to the Board and to helping Friends of the Earth achieve its environmental goals, then we invite you to send your CV, along with a supporting statement explaining how you could make a difference, to recruitment@foe.co.uk. If invited to interview, we are happy to reimburse travel expenses.

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. We are keen to encourage applications from people currently underrepresented in the environment movement and on our Board, including BAME, disabled people and LGBTQI+ people. We also want to ensure that Board members come from all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Applications from outside London and the South East are particularly welcome.


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