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INTERNAL ONLY - Governor Development Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part Time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Part Time (Term time plus specified days)
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 17/06/2019 12:00
£25,295 - £31,371 per annum pro rata
Hours per week:
22.2 hours per week, Term Time Only plus 10 days
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Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Broad Lane Council Offices, Yate BS37 7PN
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Closing date:
17 Jun

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

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Governor Development Officer (Internal only)

Summary of Post

We are seeking to appoint a part-time Governance Development Officer (0.6FTE) to join our experienced Governor Development Service.

School governance is changing and expectations on governance have never been higher. Integra Schools’ Governor Development Service provides a comprehensive, high quality service that ensures governing boards have access to a wide range of advice, guidance and development opportunities to build knowledge, skills and confidence to exercise effective governance.

This role is key to supporting governing boards discharge their core and statutory duties. If you:

• have a good understanding of school governance and preferably first-hand experience as a governor, clerk to governors or similar role
• thrive working in a fast-moving, complex and diverse environment
• enjoy challenge, are inquisitive, objective and focused
• are driven by the opportunity to develop cutting-edge practice

and meet the requirements in our person specification ….then this is the job for you!

We are a well-established and respected team which works in close partnership with Integra School Support Services, the Local Authority, National Co-ordinators of Governor Services and the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The Service also draws on an extensive network of experienced governors, headteachers and other professionals to advise and support boards and clerks to perform their role effectively.

The Governor Development service is commissioned directly by schools and the LA to support governors who are volunteers to fulfil their key and statutory responsibilities. Your role as a member of the service is to ensure that governors and school leaders can access good quality guidance in order to strengthen their strategic leadership.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

Under the supervision of the Governor Development Manager, the role of the Governor Development Officer is to:
• Provide technical advice, guidance and support to all governing boards, head teachers, clerks and LA Officers on governance and school management and related legislation to inform their decision making;
• Support the development, implementation and facilitation of an appropriate programme of training and development for governors, clerks and head teachers, in consultation with key officers, advisers and head teachers to ensure that governing boards are able to fulfil their key and statutory responsibilities;
• Provide schools with guidance and updates based on well researched legislation and good practice that accurately reflects government policy through regular and timely articles, newsletters, website content and through facilitating briefing sessions;
• Provide support for Governing Boards in undertaking self-review or other evaluative activities;
• Analyse data and produce reports to support governing board development, quality assurance, performance measures and the impact of service delivery;
• Be flexible and provide knowledgeable and pragmatic solutions for a diverse range of enquiries from a range of different audiences, for example, clerks, Chairs, Heads, Business managers, LA Officers. This will be by telephone, email or face to face ensuring that good working relationships are developed and maintained;
• Deal with, follow through and resolve queries independently, recognising those that need further investigation or referral to other LA officers or services;
• Communicate changes and developments in policy, working practices and procedures through the Governor website, Governors Online and social media;
• Sustain good working relationships with customers and key stake-holders which will lead to strong standards being established and developed at all levels;
• Maintain the professional credibility of the service through the development of your own skills, knowledge and understanding of governance locally, regionally and nationally;
• Provide support to staff ensuring that team members receive development opportunities through coaching to be able to respond to routine governance issues and queries by email or telephone;
• Process financial transactions in accordance with delegation for the Service budget.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

• NVQ 4 or equivalent e.g. Management or Administration or considerable recent, relevant experience within a similar service area. E.g. Education, local government or regulatory business
• Working knowledge of Governing Board procedures, processes, statutory regulations and legislation
• High level of interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) with the ability to act independently when giving advice and guidance.
• Experience in the use of Microsoft office (word, excel, powerpoint and Outlook), database and web applications software.
• Experience in producing training materials, presenting and facilitating training and development activities to adults from a range of backgrounds.
• Experience of research and preparation of plans, formal reports and guidance documentation
• Excellent self-organisation and prioritisation with ability to deliver to deadlines
• Work flexibly as an effective member of a team with the ability to deal with multiple tasks of diverse nature.
• Ability to work flexibly in a number of locations outside of normal working hours.
• Ability to work impartially with fairness, diplomacy, tact and confidentiality. (KSE6)
• An understanding of how personal information is maintained in secure environment in accordance with the Data Protection Act.


• Experience as a governor or clerk
• Thrive in a climate of change and development.
• Has an accredited training qualification such as Train the Trainer or Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector (PTTLS)

Additional Information

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Maxine Winter, Governor Development Service Lead, on 01454 863284.

Based at Broad Lane Council Offices, Yate.

Application Process and closing date
If you wish to apply, please submit the expression of interest form attached which should be no longer than 1 side of A4. This should explain how your skills, abilities and experience meet the criteria and your suitability for the post.

This should be headed Governor Development Officer – Internal Application and emailed to IntegraHR@southglos.gov.uk by the closing date of 12 noon on Monday 17 June 2019.

Interview/ suitability discussion
You will be notified by the end of Monday 17 June if shortlisted. Interviews will be held on the 19 June 2019.

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.. The contact details are:
Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle: If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Salary: £25,295 - £31,371 per annum pro rata.
This post is advertised as developmental providing the opportunity to appoint and develop the successful candidate within two salary bands.

Hours: 22.2 hours per week, Term Time Only plus 10 days

Closing Date: 12.00pm, Monday 17 June 2019

Vacancy Ref: CYT704/874

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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