Responsible for: Duties of a Trustee, e.g. adherence to charity regulations.
Location: Remote. Ability to attend quarterly board meetings and subcommittee meetings is essential, some of which will be held in person in central London, UK.
Type of post: Three year term. Approximately one day per month.
Remuneration: Voluntary. Expenses can be reimbursed.

Expression of interest deadline: Midnight (BST), Sunday 19 September 2021

Our Purpose

This decade is crucial and the changes we need to see in the engineering industry to achieve social and environmental justice cannot wait. To achieve our strategy, we need consistent and reliable processes at the core of our staff team, leveraging the support of a number of delivery partners.

About the role
The role of our Trustees is vital to ensure effective governance of the organisation and to provide advice and assistance to our growing staff team. We are now looking for two members to join our Board of Trustees. In addition to the usual Trustee duties, the Member Elected Trustees will be expected to represent and advocate for the wider membership of Engineers Without Borders UK and help to mobilise the movement.

Person specification
To ensure you’re the right person for the role and can achieve success for Engineers Without Borders UK, we think that the following skills, expertise, and attitudes are essential for this Trustee role:

  • Passionate about putting global responsibility at the heart of engineering to ensure a safe and just future for all.
  • Member of Engineers Without Borders UK.
  • An understanding of the duties of a charity trustee, although previous trustee experience is not required.

One or more of the following is highly desirable to deliver the 2021-2030 strategy:

  • Experience in influencing or advocacy, ability to shape opportunities to influence policy, industry and drive the Engineers Without Borders UK vision forward.
  • Experience of community / movement building, understanding of the way movements grow, shift power, and create change.
  • Experience of engineering innovation, knowledge of engineering and technology and how it impacts on human development.

We are looking to deepen the skills and expertise on our Board of Trustees.
Your ability to bring any of the following would be desirable.

  • Experience working with an organisation related to social/environmental justice or globally responsible engineering.
  • Experience of fundraising through building strategic partnerships as well as leveraging earned income.
  • Experience in academia / engineering education, connectivity to students through a range of pedagogies.
  • Experience in digital transformation and IT systems architecture, in particular, to support community building.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to engage different audiences by identifying what they are interested in and matching that with how they can support our work using an innovative and creative approach.
  • An ability to create opportunities for Engineers Without Borders UK and contribute to the growth of the movement.

Full job description

diversity, equity and inclusion

Engineers Without Borders UK is guided by a set of principles that we believe will help ensure that all viewpoints and knowledge are heard, included and respected.

We want to make the recruitment process as inclusive and accessible as we can. We have tried but we know that there might be more that we can do, particularly if you have experienced exclusion, disadvantage or discrimination, or if you have particular accessibility needs. We would be happy to provide any further support that you may require – please get in touch with us via [email protected] and we can think together about how to make this process easier for you.

We especially encourage applications from people of colour, LGBTQ+ people (we are a trans-inclusive organisation), people with disabilities, and people who have experienced other exclusion or marginalisation.

To apply

The first stage of the process is to submit an expression of interest. Please send a CV (two pages maximum) and a brief covering letter (up to one page) to [email protected] with the role title in the subject line. Please outline clearly in your covering letter:

  • Your reasons for wanting to join the team and Engineers Without Borders UK members.
  • How you meet the role description and person specification.
  • Your availability for an informal discussion about the role and process during the two weeks following the submission of your application.
  • Where you saw the role advertised.

The deadline for expression of interest is midnight (BST) Sunday 19 September 2021. The formal nomination process will begin in October, leading to a member vote ahead of the AGM in November. We will provide further detail on this process during the informal discussion.

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Engineers Without Borders UK is committed to selecting candidates for employment based on aptitude and ability, irrespective of gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, nationality, sexuality, religion or belief, marital status or social class.