Clerk to the Board of Trustees and Lead Clerk

Admin/Clerical, School/Academy Services
Part Time
Diverse Academes Learning Partnership, Diverse Education Centre, Old Hall Drive, Ordsall, Retford, DN22 7EA
22.5 hours per week
£35,000 per annum FTE Actual Salary £17,200 per annum

The Diverse Academies Learning Partnership is a multi-academy trust based in the East Midlands, providing education from primary through to post-16, driven by a passionate belief in giving children and young people the very best chance in life to progress and develop. 

The successful candidate to this role will have experience of minuting meetings and setting agendas, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, have the ability to work flexibly, cope with pressure and deliver to tight deadlines and possess a high level of integrity to maintain confidentiality of information. 

The focus of the position is giving high quality advice and guidance in addition to professional clerking. Clerking is not only about good organisation and administration, but also, and more importantly, about helping the board understand its role, functions and legal duties. This is crucial in helping the board exercise its functions expediently and confidently, so that it can stay focused on its' core functions.  

The main duties of the role are to:  

  • Act as Clerk to all meetings of DAT, NCEAT, Diverse Academies Partnership Board and its Board Committees setting draft agendas, producing minutes, liaising and coordinating the work of the Boards and related sub-committees.
  • Provide confidential, high quality administrative support to the Diverse Academies Trust (DAT) and National Church of England Academy Trust (NCEAT) Boards, the Chief Executive Officer and other members of the corporate team.
  • Guide the chairman and board on their responsibilities under the rules and regulations to which they are subject to and on how those responsibilities should be discharged.
  • Work flexibly to accommodate some evening work, liaising with Chair/Chief Executive to confirm attendance requirements.
  • Liaise with external advisers such as auditors and solicitors, and arrange meetings on behalf of the Board where necessary.
  • Co-ordinate the content, publication and distribution of the annual report and accounts and other governance reports and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Act as a signatory on behalf of the board. For example, to sign leases or, more generally, on the bank account, BACs payments and statutory documents.
  • Line manage all clerks in the organisation. 
  • Be accountable for the provision of high quality ‘Clerking Services’ to all other Academies within Diverse Academies by recruiting and managing suitably qualified staff, and taking responsibility for their training and performance.
  • Ensure the Trust governance structure is embedded and embraced in all academies through liaison with the Business Leader for Governance, Clerks, Chair of Governors and Principals.
  • Ensure good information flows within the board and its committees and between senior management and non-executive trustees, as well as facilitating induction and assisting with professional development as required.
  • Contribute towards the development of each role by implementing rigorous and effective strategies for self-review, planning and continuing professional development. 

The role will work across the whole of the trust, with the successful candidate required to be flexible and able to travel between locations to carry out their duties. Flexible working arrangements will be considered. 

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Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date of the advertisement, should we identify an appropriate candidate.  

The Diverse Academies and its Governors are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in their care and expects everybody working for the organisation to share this commitment.  To this end we actively seek DBS enhanced clearance check for everybody that is employed by us.   

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