Non-Executive Director Placement at Mendicity

Non-Executive Director Placement at Mendicity

Job Title: Non-Executive Director, Board of Directors, The Mendicity Institution

Accountable to: The Chairperson, Board of Directors, The Mendicity Institution

Status: Voluntary Role, 3 Year Term


Purpose of Role:

The Mendicity Institution has been challenging homelessness in Dublin since 1818. As the organisation moves towards celebrating its 200th anniversary, the Board of Directors wishes to appoint a number of non-executive directors to lead the strategic development of one of Dublin’s oldest charities.


The Mendicity Institution is seeking to appoint an energetic and experienced person to the role of Non-Executive Director. The board would like to bolster their collective competency in areas including legal and finance.


Potential candidates should have a solid background in their chosen profession and be able to demonstrate high performance in their role. Any potential candidate should also believe transformational change is possible for those experiencing homelessness and subscribe to our organisational vision, mission and values.


Collective Board Responsibilities

  1. Members of the Board of Directors are accountable for ensuring the organisation meets its legal and regulatory obligations, and for the overall performance of the organisation.
  2. Each Director is an equal member of the Board and has the same responsibility as the other Directors to ensure the provision of adequate financial and human resources for the success of the organisation.
  3. Non-Executive Directors provide appropriate oversight, scrutiny, challenge and leadership to the CEO in the pursuit of their aim to provide an effective and high quality service.
  4. Non-Executive Directors have a particular role in scrutinising the performance of the executive team in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitoring the reporting of performance.
  5. Non-Executive Directors have a close working relationship with relevant stakeholders to ensure the organisation remains focused on its mission and serving the needs of the charity’s beneficiaries.


Legal Compliance 

  1. As a member of the Board ensure that the organisation complies with the conditions of its Charitable Status, the organisation Constitution and all relevant codes, legislation and regulations.
  2. As a member of the Board promote the highest standards of corporate governance in compliance with Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland, as well as any other regulatory requirements and best practice where appropriate.
  3. Assess the quality and the integrity of financial, risk-management and all other information presented to the Board.
  4. Ensure that financial controls and systems of risk management and governance are robust and implemented.



  1. Establish clear objectives to deliver the agreed plans and strategy and regularly review performance against these objectives.
  2. Support the Board to ensure the long term sustainability of the organisation for the beneficiaries.
  3. Review and evaluate present and future opportunities, threats and risks in the external environment and current and future strengths, weaknesses and risks to the organisation.


Human Resources 

  1. Take responsibility, in conjunction with the Chairman, for own personal development and ensure that this remains a priority.
  2. As part of the Board:
  • Contribute to the annual review of the Chairperson’s performance;
  • Review and approve the remuneration and terms of service for the Executive;
  • Ensure the adequate human resourcing of the organisation to meet its objectives.



  1. As an ambassador for the organisation and be knowledgeable and aware of homelessness issues.
  2. Uphold the values of the organisation, as an appropriate role model and ensure as a Board member that you promote equality and diversity for all its service users, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders.
  3. Participate fully in the work of the Board of Directors and where appropriate with the wider homelessness and community and voluntary sectors.



  1. Uphold the highest standards of integrity and probity, at a minimum fully subscribing to and honouring the terms of the Board Code of Conduct and Fiduciary Duties of Board Members.
  2. Safeguard the good name and reputation of the organisation.
  3. Act as a trustee of charitable funds.


Person Specification

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leadership, change management and personal achievement in their chosen field in either the private or public sector. S/he is likely to have had Non-Executive Director experience and possess most or all of the following:


Essential Experience And Skills 

  • Relevant legal, financial or other expertise and associated qualifications
  • Highly credible with experience of operating at senior level within an organisation in the private or public sector;
  • Experience of operating in a regulated and/or self-regulated environment;
  • A portfolio of high level organisational and governance skills including such things as strategic planning, legal & regulatory compliance, risk management, organisational performance management and service delivery and development;
  • Politically astute – able to grasp relevant issues underpinned by an understanding of developing partnerships and building relationships with other organisations;
  • Experience of achieving change management and transformation in an organisation.


Personal Qualities 

  • An enquiring mind, with the confidence to challenge constructively;
  • Recognise the importance of supporting collective decisions and of balancing challenge with assurance and support;
  • Strong communication and listening skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills – calm under pressure, able to challenge in a constructive manner, develop creative solutions, manage a wide variety of situations in a meeting and ensure that the outcomes are in the best interest of the organisation;
  • Strong financial and business acumen and the ability to understand complex financial issues and risk quickly;
  • Fully supportive of equality and diversity.



  • You must have sufficient time and commitment to fulfil the role which may require 2 days per month in order to prepare for and attend:
    • Scheduled Board meetings (approximately six per annum);
    • the Annual General Meeting;
    • Training and seminars;
    • Board committee meetings which require Non-Executive Director representation;
  • Some additional hours as needed in the course of the annual cycle in order to fully support the Board agenda.


Application Process

Applicants should apply by sending a CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role to Trevor Lloyd at by 23rd November 2017

Members of the board of directors will interview shortlisted candidates.


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