VOLUNTEER ROLE

Trustee with experience in technologies and digital

Ideal time commitment: approx. 5-10 hours per month; flexible

Responsible to: The Chair of the Trustee Board

Bi Pride UK’s mission is to create spaces where people who experience attraction beyond gender can be freely visible and celebrate themselves and their identities. It’s not enough to be ‘welcome’ at a Pride. We make up a very large proportion of the GSRD (Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity) community – many stats actually say we’re over half the community – and we deserve to be visible and celebrated in our own right.

There are many ways to make this happen, and we work in many ways to bring this change about:

  • Outreach work with other Prides, LGBT organisations and bi organisations – our consultation work with local Prides, the UK Pride Organisers Network and local and national LGBT organisations works in a tailored way to make sure that bi-inclusion is a top priority and is being done well
  • Organising a high-profile annual Bi Pride event – from September 2019, Bi Pride UK made history with the largest ever gathering of bi people recorded. A performance stage, a panel stage, stall village, street food, and over 1,300 attendees. After going virtual with the BiFi Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19, we are aiming even higher for 2021
  • Building a strong online and virtual community – just as important as the rest of our work is making sure that people hear about it! People need to know what resources and spaces exist for them, and how they can connect with other people like them

The role:

Bi Pride UK’s Trustees form the Trustee Board (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and further Trustees responsible for individual teams). All Trustees hold legal responsibility for the effective governance of Bi Pride UK as a registered charity; this includes sound financial management of the charity’s assets and the careful determination of actions and activities in accordance with Bi Pride UK’s charitable objectives. Trustees meet at least monthly by conference call, and work as a whole to hold and determine the strategic direction of the charity. The Trustees work as a unit to meet these responsibilities, and each Trustee also works with their assigned team to turn strategic plans into delivery of Bi Pride UK’s charitable activities. Trustees may also be called upon to carry out other responsibilities as required by the charity (within their own capacity to do so).

We are seeking to appoint a Trustee with extensive experience of working or volunteering in the technology and/or digital

sectors. This volunteer will take the lead on maintaining and managing Bi Pride UK’s IT systems and operations, working with our Media and Communications trustee and their team to support on maximising our digital impact and ensuring that we are making the best use of the technologies at our disposal, as well as providing vital perspectives in Board decision-making. They will be supported by the Head of IT and Operations.

The Trustee’s responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the Head of IT and Ops to maintain all Bi Pride UK’s digital systems;
  • Working with the Head of IT and Ops to develop and maintain security across all Bi Pride UK’s digital systems;
  • Working with the Head of IT and Ops to explore opportunities for implementing new technologies;
  • Working with the Head of IT and Ops to replace implemented technologies with new technologies;
  • Working with the Head of IT and Ops to create and/or update relevant processes and procedures as needed;
  • Providing regular reports to update the Trustees (and where relevant the department Heads) on Bi Pride UK’s current digital position and potential risks;

As a member of the Trustee Board, the Trustee will also:

  • Represent Bi Pride UK through networking opportunities with key external stakeholders;
  • Support other Bi Pride UK Trustees and volunteers to ensure that the charity delivers on its objectives.

Trustees volunteer remotely from anywhere in the UK, with some travel required occasionally (primarily for our flagship Pride event in London in September and for teams away days which take place a few times a year in London). Our Trustee meetings and Trustees and Heads meetings take place via conference call on the third Monday evening of every month. All reasonable expenses incurred are reimbursed, including travel, lunch at away days and other all day events, access & support needs and some childcare costs if required.

Volunteer specification

Why volunteer for a charity? Volunteering is an excellent way to build up your skills and add another exciting project to your CV. Bi Pride UK is growing rapidly and quickly making a name for itself in the GSRD environment as a historic charity. This is an excellent opportunity to grow professionally while making great change for a fantastic cause.

We are looking for someone with the following experience and skills:

  • Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
  • An understanding of the needs of bi people and communities in the UK
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
  • Strong time management, organisational and administrative skills;
  • An understanding of governance, charity management topics ;
  • An understand of methods for using digital tech to increase profile and engagement with an organisation;
  • Experience of working or volunteering in the technology sector, particularly with relation to cloud tech;
  • Some understanding of charity finances and financial management;
  • Experience of developing organisation-wide strategic thinking and planning;
  • Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

The Trustee will need to declare any current conflicts of interest

Applying

To apply, please email a CV and cover letter to chair@biprideuk.org

The positions are open to anyone over the age of 18. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially minority groups such as applicants of colour, trans and non-binary applicants and disabled applicants. Bi Pride UK is aware of the barriers that can be faced in gaining traditional work experience, particularly for BAME, disabled and trans people. We will give weight to this and encourage people when applying to consider caring responsibilities, including parenthood, volunteering, and other non-paid experiences and responsibilities when making their application.

The positions are open to anyone over the age of 18. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially minority groups such as applicants of colour, trans and non-binary applicants and disabled applicants. Bi Pride UK is aware of the barriers that can be faced in gaining traditional work experience, particularly for BAME, disabled and trans people. We will give weight to this and encourage people when applying to consider caring responsibilities, including parenthood, volunteering, and other non-paid experiences and responsibilities when making their application.