We have a truly exciting vision for the next few months, including an official launch, a conference in London to advance awareness of the power and potential of Early Intervention amongst professionals, and starting work towards the establishment of the first Transforming Autism Mifne Clinic.
In order to achieve this, we need help, and we are looking for volunteers and trustees to join us. As we expand, there may be possibilities for some of the volunteers to become employees.
All volunteers and Trustees will deeply resonate and identify with our mission and values, and sincerely wish to help them become relaised achieved.
We have already been joined by a great Project Manager, Steve, and have started to work with a couple of able graphic designers. We also have people advising and supporting us in other areas. Our key needs now are for the following:
- Fundraising - A top priority, of course. Both conventional and innovative approaches welcome. We are looking to raise large amounts of capital in a very short period of time (at a minimum, a healthy six-figure turnover is required in 2017, approaching seven figures by 2018), so this is where big-thinking comes to the fore. Anyone with a background in philanthropy management would be especially welcome. (more details)
- Marketing and PR - This is another critical piece at this early stage. In order for us to grow and make a meaningful difference to people's lives, we need people to know about us. We want the most effective launch possible, followed up with an accelerating expansion of our message and effective information campaign. (more details)
- Autism Specialists - To advise and help us craft the most coherent and effective early intervention awareness campaign.
- Event Organisation - Our launch is a critical starting point for all we are aiming for, followed shortly after it by a professional conference and potentially many further events.
- Research - There will be many times when we need to locate information, studies, people and other research in support of our message and especially our information campaigns on Early Intervention and later on Transition to Adulthood. Any help we can get with this would be very valuable.
- Legal - To review/amend contracts, to give us ongoing legal advice.
- Professional Support - e.g accountant, HR, legal, etc, to help us to set up our systems and processes as we begin our activities.
- Administration - Various administrative tasks will also be required, including taking minutes, keeping our records, etc
We are looking to recruit a significantly higher calibre of Trustees than one might typically expect from a "startup" charity.
Why? The reason is simply that our goals are clear and ambitious with a very distinct purpose. Please also see our CEO’s recent TED talk. We have a coherent route to transforming the lives of children with autism on a national and a global level.
Our success will require a concerted effort by a strong team of highly experienced and capable individuals.
The key role of each Trustee, beyond expertise in their specialist area (see below) will be to provide guidance and leadership to the organisation. They will be expected to bring their experience and networking skills to steer us and help us negotiate any difficulties we may encounter along the way. This will be particularly critical in the initial period, as we work towards the establishment of our first specialist ‘Mifne’ autism clinic in the UK.
We are interested in hearing from anybody who feels they would be able to substantially support our purpose, but these are the roles we have identified as initial priorities:
- CHAIR - An outstanding and influential leader of charities with a strong record of widely-recognised success with a view to leading us through our establishment. The ideal candidate will ensure excellent governance and management, and give us a sound grounding to go on to significant achievements.
- FUNDRAISER / DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT - To open doors and steer us to raising significant amounts of money in the timeframe we need. To build and maintain strong partnerships with donors from across the private, public and third sectors.
- AUTISM SPECIALIST (CLINICIAN OR OTHER) - With real influence in the medical or education communities. Experience of contributing professional advisory groups or equivalent.
- PR / MARKETING SPECIALIST - To help us reach a large national and then global audience and seriously influence the possibilities that parents, medical professionals, key opinion leaders and policy makers perceive in autistic children.
First and foremost, you will believe in the huge potential within each autistic child, and will deeply resonate with our mission and our values. You will feel inspired by and invested in them, and motivated to bring into your life a passion and inner commitment to help realise them.
Beyond this, you will have extensive experience in your field and in either the governance of charities, or relevant and transferable accomplishments in other leadership positions.
Some Trustees will be comfortable acting as spokespersons for the charity.
We are deeply committed to having a tremendous impact on the lives of children with autism and to ensure we achieve results on the necessary scale. A board of highly capable Trustees with relevant expertise, charity experience and comprehensive networks, along with natural passion and commitment, will make the difference between our success and failure.
And essentially, in many cases, this means the difference between a child with autism going on to live a life of joy and fulfilment, and that same child growing up in a state of unrelenting frustration, overwhelm and anxiety.
Multiply that by the many millions of people affected by autism, and it is possible to start to glimpse the colossal potential impact of a position on the board of this new charity.
Due to stage we are at of establishment and simultaneous expected growth, the trustee roles will initially be more hands on than would be expected in an established charity, but what this means in practice will vary according to preferred working patterns.
In return, you will get a sense of meaningful purpose as we see more and more real revolutionary changes in the lives of millions of people, and as we begin to directly deliver transformation to those families who visit our clinic. You will have the knowledge that we have played a critical part in creating a world in which the tremendous challenges facing autistic children are alleviated, and the means for recognising and nurturing their inherent potential and strengths are understood and readily available.
Please note that due to absences, there will be no responses between Christmas and the last week of January, however, please do continue to submit applications during this period. First interviews are likely to take place during February 2017, and second interviews and appointments during March.