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Be a Trustee

What is a Trustee?

Trustees ensure their charity has a clear strategy, and that its work and goals are in line with its vision. A trustee's role in a charity is to be the ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first.


They safeguard the charity’s assets – both physical assets, including property, and intangible ones, such as its reputation. They make sure these are used well and that the charity is run sustainably.


Trustees don’t usually do the day-to-day running of the charity. They delegate this to the staff, led by the Chief Executive. Instead, they play the role of a ‘critical friend’ to the Chief Executive by giving support and by challenging – in a supportive way – to help them manage effectively.


Becoming a trustee is both a rewarding way to help your community and a way to learn fantastic new skills. It’s an invigorating and dynamic role, which puts you at the very heart of a charity and its work, liaising with a team of like-minded people.


If you would like to find out more, please contact Nicola Thomson, Chief Executive for an informal chat 0121 544 6611.

Admin Officer

15 hours per week

 £9,486 per year - £12.16 per hour

 Sandwell B68 - Outreach

Do you have experience in providing high-level secretarial and administrative support to senior executives and leadership teams? If so, we think you’d make a great addition to our friendly and experienced team in Sandwell.

Why choose Options for Life?

  • 35 days annual leave pro rata

  • Pension with company contribution

  • Company paid DBS

  • Support of an experienced and friendly team of colleagues

  • £50 refer a friend scheme

  • Free access to over 80 online training courses

  • We’re an organisation that puts people with learning disabilities at the heart of everything we do

  • Birthday day off (on completion of probationary period)


What will my role entail?

You will efficiently manage and enhance the administrative functions within the organisation by providing dedicated secretarial support to the CEO, Chairs of Trustees, and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).


The role involves coordination of meetings, recording and transcribing minutes, and ensuring seamless communication and follow-up on actions. Additionally, the position requires adept administrative skills, including formatting, editing, and distribution of minutes, as well as providing comprehensive support to the SLT in preparation for meetings and general administrative tasks.

Download the Application Form and the Job Description

Other important information:

  • The application will close on Friday, April 19th. Shortlisting will take place on Tuesday, April 23rd, so nobody will be contacted until after this date. Interviews will be held the week commencing 29th April.

  • Applications are reviewed upon receipt, and interviews will take place until the positions are filled.

  • A basic DBS disclosure will be required for this role, the cost of which will be incurred by Options for Life

  • We welcome applications from everyone with the right to work in the UK and value diversity in our workplace.

  • If you require any reasonable adjustments, we can offer support to complete your application—please contact Jeorgia Nasser on 0121 544 6611.

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