Become a Trustee with CJF: A foundation built on diversity

Become a Trustee with CJF: A foundation built on diversity

A foundation built on diversity

Photography by Ayden Stoefen

Since CJF was founded in the UK in 2016, we’ve built 6 community skateparks across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean in just over 5 years. Our current worldwide Edu-Skate educational programme is active in Peru, Jamaica and Morocco and is being used by our partners in Austria, Greece, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Our diverse programming engages an estimated 315 children every week across Peru, Jamaica and Morocco in locally staffed skateparks that provide employment opportunities for local young adults. Our foundation is built on diversity and if you’d like to work with us to carry these values into the future, we invite you to join us.

With youth programmes to promote health and well-being, access to education and community development:

We work with those living in remote areas

We do this and more through building local capacity and establishing local arms of the foundation. Local arms sustain the projects we’ve launched and empower local communities to carry on our mission while preserving local culture.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete, or someone who’s never been on a board and shyly watches others at the skatepark – we welcome you at our skateparks, in our street sessions, in voluntary roles and to collaborate with us.

We’re inviting applications for new Trustees. See below for who we’re looking for and contact us if you think you’d be a good match!

Apply to be a CJF Trustee

Who we’re looking for

We are seeking two to four new Trustee Board members to help shape the direction of our non-profit with a global reach. This position is a rewarding one and ideal for those who wish to apply their wisdom and creativity to problem-solving with youth in at-risk areas and sustainable development. This is an unpaid/voluntary position. We are particularly keen to hear from people in groups that experience discrimination and prejudice. We recognise the strength that diversity of leadership will bring to our organisation, and its importance to working in partnership with local communities to foster the joy of skateboarding and preserve local culture. We welcome applications from people who have not previously served as a trustee.

The expected time requirement will be around 8–12 days per year. This will comprise four board meetings plus preparation time, occasional engagement with staff, and participation in other meetings and events. The term of office is two years and the maximum number of consecutive terms is three.

The Position

The Trustee Board is responsible for working as a group to further CJF’s mission and help us fulfill our commitment to the communities that we serve.

Main Responsibilities of Trustee Board Members

  • Provide guidance, leadership, and strategic development to help CJF achieve the mission of the organisation.
  • To maintain and support CJF's commitment to diversity and inclusion with respect to gender, background, social status, ethnicity, and disability.
  • Take an active role in promoting and representing CJF effectively to other stakeholders, including donors and partners.
  • Contribute specific interest and contacts in support of CJF communications, fundraising and external engagement work.
  • Following the Code of Conduct, engage with CJF’s work on safeguarding to create a positive safeguarding culture and help us to keep staff, volunteers and participants safe.
  • Support financial and/or legal oversight as applicable.

Trustee Board Member: Specification

Knowledge and experience:

  • Have an interest in using skateboarding and sport to effect positive change for youth with limited opportunities. Experience is welcomed in working with underserved communities.
  • Experience in one or more of the areas of responsibility listed above. We are currently interested in areas of accounts and finance, fundraising, law, and marketing for sport or skateboarding initiatives.

Key skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, being able to engage with staff and colleagues on the Trustee Board, and to be able to represent us to diverse communities and audiences.
  • Personal integrity.
  • Interest in and commitment to CJF’s aims and values
  • Incisive and insightful thinker able to contribute to the organisation’s strategic and creative thinking.
  • Good communication and listening skills.
  • Able to be collaborative, inclusive and persuasive.

To learn more about our work, visit the CJF website where you can read more about our youth educational programme, Edu-Skate, and read stories from the people we work with on our blog. You can find our MEL framework, our monthly impact reports, season reports and activity reports here. You can find us on LinkedIn.

If you have any questions or would like to apply, please send a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you feel your skills meet the person specification to