BACP Coaching promotes ethical, effective and professional coaching for the wellbeing and enhancement of individuals and organisations.

We aim to create a supportive, generative and informative forum for dialogue, networking, belonging, growing, learning and the development of coach-specific professional standards for BACP members. We will provide quality information about coaching to clients and purchasers of coaching and related services.

Specifically, the division aims to be:

  • transparent and consultative
  • generative and innovative
  • inclusive and collaborative
  • responsive and supportive
  • good value for money and financially viable

We'd expect applicants to be members of BACP Coaching. If you're not already a member of the Coaching division and have a keen interest in and experience of offering coaching as part of your practice, please sign up to become a divisional member before applying for this volunteer role. 

Term of office

Executive members are appointed for up to three years. This may be extended for a further three years.

Time commitment

You'll need to attend up to four meetings a year, which will be held at our offices in Lutterworth, at a suitable location accessible to all executive members or remotely via Microsoft Teams. We also hold Zoom meetings where we share progress and support each other with our work for the Executive.  

You'll also have ongoing tasks, which may include planning divisional events or attending events to network and build the profile of the division.

General responsibilities

Your duties will be to:

  • implement divisional strategy and ensure it aligns with BACP organisational strategy, so promoting that counselling and coaching changes lives
  • engage with our members to better understand their views and what they want from the division
  • work collaboratively with BACP staff
  • promote the division's area of expertise and bring best practice into the work of the division and BACP
  • network and represent BACP and our members to wider stakeholder groups, addressing counselling and psychotherapy issues and concerns
  • act as an ambassador and advocate for BACP and the counselling profession

Carrying out the role

You will be expected to:

  • devote time and effort and attend divisional executive meetings fully prepared, having read all papers and documentation. We set meeting dates 12 months in advance wherever possible.
  • adhere to our volunteer policies, procedures and code of conduct
  • adhere to and support the governance framework
  • attend the annual general meeting, where possible
  • maintain absolute confidentiality for any sensitive or confidential information you receive while carrying out the role
  • work within the principles of the BACP Ethical Framework
  • be committed to addressing needs across the four nations of the UK

Skills and abilities

You should:

  • be practising as both a coach and therapist or counsellor, either separately or in a way that integrates both approaches, or where your practice as a coach is underpinned by therapeutic knowledge.
  • have good, independent judgement
  • be able to think creatively and strategically
  • understand the responsibilities of the position
  • be IT literate: willing and able to use technology on BACP business
  • have sound communication skills

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • experience in social media - Twitter, blogs, Facebook etc
  • experience in PR
  • an understanding of organising events or CPD workshops
  • interest in promoting good practice and research
  • awareness of diversity and the importance of taking this into account in practice
  • depth of knowledge about the ethics and practice of coaching

If you have other unlisted skills you feel we could benefit from, we'd be happy to hear from you.

Remuneration

There is no remuneration for this role, however, reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the volunteering role will be reimbursed in line with our volunteers expenses policy.

To apply

For more information or to apply for this volunteering role, please send your cv and an application letter stating your relevant skills, knowledge and experience to volunteers@bacp.co.uk. We welcome applications from across the four nations of the UK, however we would like to particularly encourage those from Northern Ireland and Scotland to apply to ensure four nations representation.

The closing date for applications is 18 September 2020.