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Mother Tongues, a social enterprise working to promote multilingualism and intercultural dialogue in Ireland, is looking for a Chairperson with experience in Practice in the Community and Voluntary Sector and a Treasurer for its voluntary Board of Directors.


Mother Tongues are looking for a Chairperson for its voluntary Board of Directors with experience of Practice in the Community and Voluntary sector. If you have experience in this or an equivalent area and want to play a role in Mother Tongues we’d be keen to hear from you.

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Attend board meetings
  • Providing input to the strategic direction, contributing with insight, oversight and experience of strategy formulation.
  • Ensuring that the company complies with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Be informed on key organisational and sectoral issues to enable open dialogue and discussion in the best interests of the organisation
  • Act as an advocate and representative of Mother Tongues as needed externally and internally to help fulfil the organisation’s mission, vision and goals
  • Act as a strong advocate for languages and interculturalism.

The Chairperson will have:

  • Knowledge and understanding of education and or arts and culture
  • Experience in a Board level role for an organisation of similar size and level of activity is an advantage
  • Passionate about languages and cultures
  • Previous experience that involved networking, publicity and public relations would be desirable
  • Proven track record in leadership skills
  • Excellent communicator and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to ensure that decisions are taken and followed through to completion
  • Experience in organisation and people management
  • Ability to communicate effectively the vision and role of the organisation
  • Represent and advocate for Mother Tongues at meetings with Funders, stakeholders and potential investors
  • Ability to think, plan strategically and drive change
  • Ability to challenge constructively and accept challenges where appropriate
  • Working knowledge of the governance and compliance requirements for the community and voluntary sector including The Charities Regulator’s Charities Governance Code.


For more details on the duties of a Chairperson, see here.


Mother Tongues are looking for a Treasurer for its voluntary Board of Directors.

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Attending board meetings
  • Overseeing the effective financial management of the organisation
  • Working with the Director and bookkeeper to provide the annual budget
  • Ensuring development and Board review of the financial policies and procedures
  • Working with the Director and accountants of the Annual Accounts, for discussion and approval in the first instance by the Board and subsequently by the AGM
  • Responsible to the Board for the discharge of its obligations in relation to accounts.

A candidate for Treasurer should have:

  1. The financial skills, knowledge and experience to oversee finances and carry out the other duties of Treasurer below. This will include a thorough knowledge of financial management;
  2. The ability to participate in strategic and management decisions at Board level and provide financial advice;
  3. An understanding of the needs and working of a small voluntary non-profit organisation;
  4. The ability to commit to the time necessary to carry out the role effectively. This is likely to be on average 6 hours a month, including meetings with the director, reporting to Board meetings and the other duties in the role description, but may increase at certain times in response to particular pressures.

It would also be desirable to have:

  • Experience of managing the finances of a small, voluntary organisation similar to Mother Tongues, as Treasurer or financial manager, though not essential;
  • Knowledge of the work of social enterprises.

Board Meetings

There are a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 board meetings a year. Meetings are held in Dublin or online. 

Candidates interested in being considered for these vacancies should send their CV and a cover letter (of no more than one page) explaining why they would like to put themselves forward specifically for this role.

All applicants must confirm that they do not have any conflicts of interest or legal impediments which would be likely to interfere with their ability to play a full part on the board. In addition, they must also confirm that they can make themselves available to attend meetings and to carry out the duties of a board member. Letters should also provide the names of two referees who may be contacted as part of the selection process.

Deadline: 5 pm on Wednesday, May 1st 2024.

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