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Clerk to School Governing Boards

Employer
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Location
Wandsworth, London (Greater)
Salary
£31,869 per annum
Closing date
13 Feb 2022

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The Role

Are you an experienced clerk or have significant experience of attending formal meetings?

Would you like the opportunity to help shape and influence the governing boards on constitutional matters, duties, and powers?

Does a role where you can work flexibly and independently appeal to you?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

We are looking for clerks to join our School Standards and Improvement Service team on a part-time (7.5 hours, 1 day per week).

This is an advert for experienced clerks to fill 2 fixed-term contracts and 2 casual posts.

About the service

Wandsworth Governor Services is a successful and well-regarded organisation offering professional support and advice, including clerking, to school governing boards in Wandsworth and beyond.  As a result of the continuing development of the service, we are recruiting additional clerks.

Governing Boards set the strategic direction, hold school leadership to account and oversee the school’s financial performance. Ofsted consider the quality of a school’s governance to be a key element in the Leadership & Management judgement. We offer a range of support packages to these school governing boards with a focus on clerking, governance advice and information, as well as links to training.

About the role

The clerk’s role is best suited to candidates with an interest in education, strong interpersonal, time management and administrative skills. It offers flexible working both at home and in schools.  Currently, all meetings are remote, but a return to face-to-face meetings will come when government guidance permits. The role requires you to work independently, but with support from the central Governor Services team.

Your key accountabilities will include the provision of professional advice to Chairs of Governors and Headteachers, as well as support to ensure that governing board meetings run effectively.  You will be expected to take high quality minutes in a set timeframe.  All necessary training will be provided, but applications are expected to be experienced clerks, or have relevant professional skills and an interest in education.

This is for 2 fixed-term, one day a week contracts, which may be extended, and for 2 casual positions with no set hours.  Although the fixed-term contracts are paid on a day a week, there is no set pattern for the clerk’s work; you can expect to be busier than one day a week in term time, but less than one day a week during school holidays. For the casual posts there will be a demand for short notice meeting cover, or longer-term cover at a designated school.  Demand will vary. Governing boards meet mainly mid-week evenings and in term time only. 

Contact details

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Keith Revell (Governor Services Manager) on 07544991766.

Benefits

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Close date: 11:59pm on Sunday 13th February 2022
  • Shortlisting date: week commencing 14th February 2022
  • Interview date: week commencing 21st February 2022

Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

How to apply?

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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