Governance Improvement Officer – Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company

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Posted on: Wednesday 3 August 2022 | Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company

Orchard House and the Stables, Hall Lane, East Tuddenham, NR20 3LR

The Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company are looking for an outstanding Governance Improvement Officer to join their Governance Team.

The Governance Improvement Officer is assigned to the Multi Academy Trusts (DNEAT and St Benet’s MAT) to provide short to medium term intensive support for local governance where needed. Sometimes where governance is not as effective as it could be, sometimes where a Local Governing Body/Local Governance Committee is new or moving towards federation, and sometimes where governor numbers are unstable or low.

The Governance Improvement Officer is line managed by the Head of Governance.

Benefits:  LGPS Contributory Pension Scheme, Health Shield membership, Hybrid Working Policy

Hours of Duty:  1 position 22.5 hours per week, term time plus one.

(24 days holiday per annum, plus statutory bank holidays pro rata and discretionary Christmas holiday).

Salary scale: £78,000 full time, pro rata

The Governance Improvement Officer works to a range of priorities including but not limited to –

With a Transition Board

  • To Chair the Transition Board
  • To recruit new governors with the necessary skills to form effective local governance
  • To develop the shadow Local Governing Body/Local Governance Committee to run alongside and then takeover from the Transition Board
  • To develop and mentor new and existing governors
  • To develop a succession plan for key roles on Local Governing Body/Local Governance Committee, including the Chair

With a Local Governing Body or Local Governance Committee

  • To undertake the role of Chair of Governors
  • To develop and mentor new and existing governors
  • To ensure the Local Governing Body/Local Governance Committee is prepared for Ofsted
  • To develop a succession plan for key roles on Local Governing Body/Local Governance Committee, including the Chair
  • To recruit new governors with the necessary skills to form an effective Local Governing Body/Local Governance Committee
  • To work with school/Trust leaders (to guide smooth federation where required)

The Governance Improvement Officer can also expect to be asked to sit on complaint’s, HR and pupil disciplinary panels on an ad-hoc basis.

The Governance Improvement Officer is an ambassador of the Trust to which they are assigned and as such are expected to be fully supportive of the Trust. Any issues should be raised with the Head of Governance or the relevant Trust Officer. Whilst the Governance Improvement Officer is expected to form good working relationships with colleagues in the academy to which they have been assigned, there may be times when local staff/governors disagree with Trust decisions. The Governance Improvement Officer should do their best to act as an advocate of the Trust and assist Trust Officers in resolving difficulties.

While we encourage all levels of governance in the Trusts to continue to embrace new ways of working including by holding virtual meetings, the Governance Improvement Officer must be willing and able to travel to the academies for both monitoring and meeting activities. The job will require attendance at meetings at a range of venues around the county with some early mornings or late evenings.  Notice will be given and time off in lieu is available however the post-holder will be expected to manage their time appropriately.

Culture and Ethos

  • Proactively promote and demonstrate the Trust’s Christian vision and values in all aspects of work
  • Challenge, motivate and empower others to set high aspirations and attain ambitious outcomes
  • Treat everyone as a valued individual who is loved by God
  • Promote and demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement which includes keeping abreast of educational developments and best management practice
  • Follow the Trust’s policies and procedures at all times
  • Work collaboratively developing the concept of family across the Diocese, the Trust and its academies
  • Ensure regular open and honest communication in all professional duties
  • Recognise the importance of serving the wider community and promoting inclusivity

Closing date: Thursday 1 September 2022

How to apply

Please send your completed application form and covering letter, confirming which position you are applying for to the Head of Governance, Hannah Monk on hannah.monk@donesc.org.

If you have any queries regarding the role please call Jo Leach, HR Manager on 01603 550 159.

 

 

Safeguarding

The safety and well-being of children is central to our ethos, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake the Independent Safeguarding Authority checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the Safeguarding Policy and child protection practices of the Trust.

Equalities

DONESC has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its academies and in the employment of people. The post holder will ensure that the DONESC meets its statutory obligations in relation to all aspects of equalities legislation. This post involves regular travel around the Diocese and maybe some evening and weekend work. This job description is not an exhaustive document. It reflects the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing needs of DONESC.

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