We are looking to appoint an experienced, proactive and efficient Clerk to the Governing Board for our diverse and vibrant school based in East Bristol. This is a key role providing administrative and procedural advice to the Governing Board and reporting to the Chair of Governors, starting in September 2022. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have previous Clerk to Governor experience or professional clerks who may be looking to add an additional school to their portfolio.
Salary - Bristol Grade 8 - 180 hrs per annum - annualised.
Working Pattern: Evenings/Flexible Hours/Part Time/Term time
Hours: The hours of this post are to be worked flexibly based around the termly cycle of governing board and committee meetings, with general administration duties as required at other times.
This key position ensures the effectiveness of the Governing Board by meeting the administrative and procedural requirements, thereby enabling the board to have meaningful discussions. The post holder acts independently from the operational running of the school, and at times confidentiality of sensitive information is paramount.
Primarily the clerk is responsible for preparing agendas in consultation with the Chair of Governors, Headteacher and committee chairs; taking and writing the minutes of formal meetings or panels; distributing documentation and other information to the Governing Board and maintain governance and board membership records. The post holder must be able to manage their time effectively ensuring tasks are completed in a timely way and the board meets all its legislative responsibilities. The Clerk will need to become familiar with the DfE’s Governance Handbook and provide accurate advice to Governors, as required, on any procedural issues.
Our meeting cycle includes up to three governor meetings per term, the full Governing Board and the finance and education committees, occasionally extraordinary meetings or smaller working parties may need facilitating. Meetings usually take place outside of school hours, with most focussed on Monday afternoon /evenings and lasting an average of two hours. An ability to attend all meetings on site is essential however, most other administrative duties can be undertaken remotely in the successful candidate’s home, using their own computer.
The successful candidate will have access to a local induction programme and ongoing support from the Local authority Governor development service, who run termly clerks’ briefings, coordinate a clerks’ network and provide relevant training opportunities.
Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills are essential. The role also requires someone who is a good communicator, who works well on their own using their own initiative and also as part of a team.
Further information can be obtained by contacting either Sally King (interim clerk to governors), Rachel Bowyer (School Business Manager) or Nikki Jackson (Chair of Governors) via the school.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 5th July 2022
Interviews will be held during the week commencing 18th July 2022
Air Balloon Hill Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.