TransgenderNI is the regional trans human rights organisation for trans and gender diverse people in Northern Ireland, established by experienced activists and human rights professionals in 2018. We run the Belfast Trans Resource Centre, the only dedicated trans community centre in the UK & Ireland, and lead a number of key projects in healthcare rights, human rights monitoring and professional training.
We are recruiting to appoint new individuals to our Board of Directors, who are responsible for the strategic planning of the organisation, its governance, and its sustainability among other things. Since our establishment, our work has grown massively and we are keen to bring more talented people on board to bring our work to a higher level.
We intend to appoint a number of new Directors, based on experience, knowledge and skills relevant to our organisation and its work. We are a community-led organisation and value the expertise that those in the trans community bring to this work, but the call is open to all who meet the criteria.
In line with our non-profit status, Directorship appointments are unpaid but can have reasonable expenses covered. We hope that applicants will have a few hours a month to give as a minimum, but welcome those hoping to be more involved also.
As a Director of a non-profit organisation, successful applicants will have duties related to:
- Organisational governance, legal compliance and accounting;
- Staff recruitment;
- Strategic development, including funding, sustainability and growth of the organisation;
- Policy and procedures related to same.
TransgenderNI is an incorporated company limited by guarantee, meaning that it is bound to non-profit activities.
As a young and small organisation, current Directors also contribute to a multitude of other areas of work, including media work, organisational liaison, human rights monitoring and public engagement. This is not required from applicants whatsoever, but any skills successful applicants bring will be keenly incorporated to our work. Training will be provided in areas necessary for appointees in line with our standard practice through the Belfast Trans Resource Centre.
It is expected that the majority of work will occur at our Belfast location but remote activity is welcome where this is not possible.
- At least two years’ experience of direct work with trans communities;
- Basic knowledge of pressing trans rights issues in Northern Ireland;
- An ability to work with a team, both in-person and remotely;
- Eligibility to hold such an appointment in UK law.
- Skills and experience in finance, fundraising, public campaigning, human rights defence and/or organisational governance;
- Experience working in the human rights, LGB&T, trans and/or general non-profit sectors;
- Knowledge of the systems of government, public bodies and authorities in Northern Ireland;
- Media skills;
- Proficiency in languages other than English, especially those popularly spoken in Northern Ireland.
We are particularly keen to hear from trans men, older trans people, people of colour, people on low incomes and disabled people.
Please submit your CV along with a cover letter of 2 A4 pages or less to email@example.com, by 23:59 on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.
If you prefer, you can post your application, leaving good time to arrive before the deadline, to:
Belfast Trans Resource Centre,
98 University Street,
Your cover letter should outline your experience and skills, your motivation for applying, and anything else you think we should know.
Applicants will be sent an anonymous Equality Monitoring form to optionally complete, which will not affect your application.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview, either at the Belfast Trans Resource Centre for a short face-to-face chat or via zoom to discuss intentions, ambitions and skills etc.
We may ask for a reference to support your application; you can provide this on your CV or at a later stage.
We will then work to appoint the best applicants who will then join the organisation’s Board and commence with their activities at a time which is practical.
If you have been disqualified from serving as a Director of a UK or Irish company or as a trustee of a UK or Irish charity, or have been convicted of fraud or other relevant crime in the last 10 years, we cannot accept your application.
We are excited to get more great people on board, and hope to use this opportunity to move trans rights in Northern Ireland forward substantially. If you have any questions, you can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org, by post at the address above, or by phone on 0300 302 3202.