Non-Executive Director (Board Member), The Social Change Nest

£0 Part-time 28 February 2023

About The Social Change Nest CIC

The Social Change Nest CIC comprises a team that are experts in creating social impact using social innovation, peer networks, community organising, collaboration and systemic and organisational change approaches.

We aim to remove the structural barriers for social movements and networks for change, providing a way for agile, strategic and effective money management for them through fiscal hosting, which also supports powerful institutions to become more responsive and accountable to wider society and more aligned with the long-term public interest. 

Our service offers fiscal hosting, grant management, grant distribution and fund management. We currently support over 320 community groups across the UK and abroad. We are pioneering fiscal hosting in the UK and have distributed grants to groups that otherwise would not have had access to the opportunity.

We work with all types of social movements and community groups, from climate to housing, wellbeing and animal rights. Read more about this here

We have gone through a very exciting and accelerated pace of growth over the last 3 years and are evaluating what the long term strategy is which you will be a vital part of contributing to and overseeing as we move into the next stage of maturity. 

About you

This year we are looking to support even more groups and grow our services to include collaborative backbone support, in addition to running our own Civil Society Fund. We are now increasing our board to reflect our ambitions. In particular we are looking for people who have a background in financial management, risk and compliance, social change methodologies, lived experience and an appetite for supporting something that is truly impacting the civil society landscape. We would especially welcome applications from young (18-30) people and those from a BAME background.

If you are a renegade anarchist who loves rules, compliance and risk management please get in touch. It’s a tall order, but we are looking after some of the most vital campaigning groups in the UK who are pressing for change. Without the best back office support, they will not be able to achieve their impact and we will not be able to achieve ours. 

Skills and experience

Essential experience

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a demonstrable interest in how administration and governance can make or break social impact efforts  (this could include direct lived experience or by working with a charity or other protest group).
  • Understand financial management, audit and risk management. 
  • Be a strong communicator with the interpersonal skills and ability to engage, influence and develop effective relationships to drive consensus-building;
  • Be familiar with fiscal hosting, and/or grant giving (either in the UK and/or internationally);

Desirable experience

  • Experience of working with social enterprise organisations or organisations in the social sector.
  • Investment management expertise.
  • Experience within government or public sector commissioning or procurement.
  • Experience of service on a Board, Board Committee or an equivalent body is helpful but not a requirement.
  • Understanding of charity and/or corporate law.

Skills, abilities and attributes

  • A passion for increasing civil society through fiscal hosting
  • A willingness and enthusiasm to represent and build the profile of the Social Change Nest
  • Comfortable advising Directors of Nest, and/or Social movement leaders,
  • A strong intellect and an understanding of governance
  • A questioning mind combined with strong integrity and sound judgement
  • The ability to draw on experience and to consider a wide range of factors when making decisions
  • The ability to promote a culture of inclusion, openness and trust and gain the respect of other Board members
  • A coaching and development style, being available to the CEO and other Board members for discussion and providing feedback in a candid but constructive way

Terms and benefits

  • This is a non-executive role
  • This role is not remunerated although expenses will be covered
  • All applicants must have an existing Right to Work in the UK
  • Time Commitment: The appointment is for an initial three-year term. There will be at least four full Board meetings per year. It is estimated that the total annual time commitment for acting as a Board Member is 4 days a year and occasional advice/time on an ad-hoc basis.

Application process

If you are interested in applying for the role, please submit a CV and cover letter explaining why you are interested and how you are suitable for the role. Please email them to hello@thesocialchangeagency.org

If you would like to speak to anyone to find out more about the role, please contact hello@thesocialchangeagency.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.