The SHS is seeking to appoint a new Treasurer. The role description and application details are as follows:
Treasurer of the Scottish History Society
The Scottish History Society is a registered charity and the leading publisher of original sources relating to the history of Scotland. An article, published in Scottish Archives in 2015, marking the Society’s 130th birthday, describes its work and influence in the field of Scottish History.
The Society plays a central role in supporting scholarship and interest in Scottish historical sources. Its office bearers include individuals at all career stages who volunteer their time to the running of the Society. The Society wishes to make the opportunity of becoming an office bearer more open and is keen to encourage people of all levels of experience in researching Scottish History, or appropriately qualified professonals with a keen interest in Scottish History, to consider applying for the position of Treasurer.
The main responsibilities are:
- Manage the Society’s finances, monitoring all incoming payments and promptly paying invoices. Advise the other office-bearers on the financial implications of all decisions. Contribute to initiatives to expand the membership and attract donations.
- Maintain the Society’s accounts, preparing six-monthly reports to the Society’s Council.
- Prepare annual accounts for external inspection, presentation to the Society’s AGM and submission to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
- Submit the Society’s annual Gift Aid claim to HM Revenue and Customs.
- Manage the Society’s list of institutional subscribers, liaising with the Society’s publisher (Boydell and Brewer), subscription agents and institutional libraries. On the publication of a volume, invoice the institutional subscribers and agents and monitor payments.
- Contribute to the other work of the Society, including assessing publication proposals, organising lectures and the Society’s AGM.
Most of this work can be done from home, but the AGM and at least one annual Council meeting take place in Edinburgh. The Treasurer is encouraged to claim travel expenses.
- Be active in researching Scottish History, preferably with experience of editing historical sources, or be an appropriately qualified professional with an interest in Scottish History.
- Be prepared to respond promptly and professionally to correspondence from various customers and partner organisations.
- Have basic familiarity with Microsoft Excel or other software suitable for preparing accounts.
Applicants are requested to submit a covering letter outlining their suitability to the Convenor of Council, Professor Dauvit Broun, by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday, 6 January 2023. Applicants may be asked to attend an online interview.
The SHS is committed to equality for all. Applications are particularly welcome from people from Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) communities and other protected characteristics who are under-represented on Council. We also welcome applications from candidates who have had recent career breaks or other non-linear career paths (please feel free to describe any such circumstances in your covering letter).