May 16, 2021

Finance Director - Scottish Canoe Association - Closing date 30 June 2021

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voluntary Finance Directing

Job Description

The Scottish Canoe Association is the National Governing Body for Paddlesport in Scotland. The SCA is also a founding member of British Canoeing.

We are a membership organisation comprising around 3200 individual members including 1,750 qualified coaches.

We have a network of affiliated clubs and approved paddlesport providers throughout Scotland offering a range of canoe disciplines.

All members of the SCA Board are required to contribute to discussions which aim to:
● Establish the SCA’s vision, values and standards and ensure that its obligations to the whole membership,
staff and other parties as appropriate are fully understood and met
● Establish the SCA’s strategic aims, ensuring the necessary resources (financial and others) are in place in
order for the organisation to meet its objectives and review management performance
● Provide leadership of the organisation within a framework of prudent and effective controls which allow risk
to be assessed and managed to ensure compliance with company and other statutory laws that apply
● Ensure that the company’s obligations to outside stakeholders are understood and met

The purpose of the Finance Director role is to ensure that controls and systems are in place to safeguard financial management of the SCA.

Specific Responsibilities:
● Review the SCA Financial reporting systems to ensure that reports are specified to meet the Board’s
● Liaise with the SCA staff with financial responsibilities and with committee treasurers as required to ensure
financial reporting meets their requirements
● Maintain an understanding of the financial position of the SCA and the environment in which it operates
● Report to the SCA membership on relevant matters, through the AGM
● Prepare policy papers for the Board as identified from time to time
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● Undertake specific development projects as directed by the Board
● Review financial information for presentation to the SCA Board

Skills and Experience:
● Commitment to the success of the SCA and its objectives
● Be informed about the SCA and the environments in which it operates
● Qualified accountant or equivalent relevant experience
● Willingness to understand the mechanisms, structures and “rules” that limited companies are obligated to
operate under
● Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
● Experience handling sensitive and confidential issues appropriately
● Ability to be available to attend SCA events, functions, meetings etc. as appropriate
● Experience of working/volunteering within a Sports Governing Body, or equivalent third sector organisation
● Experience and skills in corporate governance
● Experience of financial management in a limited company
● Experience of working/volunteering in the not-for-profit/charity sector
● Experience of raising money through sponsorship

● Uphold the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity
● Support other Board members in their leadership of the organisation while monitoring their conduct
● Question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and decide dispassionately
● Listen sensitively to the views of others inside and outside the Board
● Gain the trust and respect of other Board members and staff
● Promote the highest standards of corporate governance and seek compliance wherever possible

We aim to make the sport as accessible as possible for everyone and to fulfill our environmental responsibilities whilst striving for excellence in everything we do.

The SCA is passionate about equality and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. We are currently working towards achieving the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard in Sport. Applications are especially welcome from individuals within groups currently under-represented on the SCA Board, such as women, disabled people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50. Pre-COVID, the opportunity to join Directors’ meetings electronically already existed but since March 2020 all Board meetings have taken place online.

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