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Clerk to the Governors (0.5 FTE)

Department:  Executive
Salary:  £35,831 to £40,324 per annum (depending on experience)
Grade:  3
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent
Working Hours:  0.5 hours per week
Closing Date:  11:59pm on Thursday 02 February 2023
Interview Date:  Monday 13 February 2023
Reference:  RHACC005-23

Clerk to the Governing Body 

Are you passionate about education and the difference it can make to people’s lives? We are one of only seven institutes of adult learning nationally, with a focus on the learning needs of adults.
Our mission is to enable adults and communities thrive through education helping to open new doors, provide opportunities and improve wellbeing. We are proud to be different, taking pride in our unique character and our inclusive approach to learning.

About the role:

The Clerk to the Governors is an officer of the Corporation who has a central role in promoting the effective governance of the Governing Body and the proper conduct of its business.


The post holder is responsible to the Corporation for ensuring that their proceedings are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Instrument and Articles of Government, and rules and regulations made under the Articles, the Education Acts (as modified or replaced from time to time) education, charity and the general law.  


The post holder is accountable to the Governing Body, through the Chair, on all matters relating to his or her duties and supports the Corporation and its members in evaluating their effectiveness and gives advice on governance development within the sector and beyond.


Person Specification:

1) Commitment to Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding and Health and Safety            

2) Good working knowledge of Microsoft office systems

3) Able to interpret and advise appropriately in matters related to governance

4) Have experience of advising governors and senior staff in areas of expertise            

5) Have experience of the operation of boards/committees in either the public or  private sector and have an appreciation of the principles of governance

6) Be willing to work flexible hours in response to the requirements of the service and be prepared to attend evening meetings           

7) Be able to acquire rapidly expert knowledge related to governance

8) An ability and willingness to use own initiative

9) Able to establish relationships based on trust with governors, senior managers and outside agencies

10) Able to communicate with government and outside agencies both in writing and verbally

11) Able to use diplomacy 

12) Understand the requirements for discretion to maintain confidentiality on sensitive information

13) Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with people at all levels internally and externally

14) Excellent administrative and organisational skills and to be able to produce documents in good written English

15) Be educated to degree standard

16) Have a professional Clerking qualification or be willing to undertake the qualification

Role Profile:

Provide independent advice on the role, function and constitution of the Governing Body and its committees in relation to:

• The instrument and articles of government

• The financial memorandum

• The audit code of practice

• The standing orders of the Governing Body

• The terms of reference and standing orders of the committees of the Governing Body

• The financial regulations and financial procedures of the College

• The code of conduct

• The Code of Governance

• Senior post holder recruitment and employment matters

• Any other relevant legislation and regulations and governance development and to make available professional advice to the Corporation and to individual College Members as required.


To provide briefings for members of the Governing Body, non-governor members and, in particular, the Chair of the Governing Body and the Chairs of committees and working groups on current issues in the sector and on governance issues generally.


To act as a reference point for all enquiries relating to the Governing Body, determine the dates of meetings and establish an annual cycle of business, to organise and attend all Governing Body, Committee and Working Group meetings, having regard to the provisions of the instrument of government and the approved standing orders. 


To liaise with all relevant parties in order to prepare agendas for meetings, obtain required reports and to arrange the distribution of documents to members and other relevant parties, to prepare reports on governance and other issues falling within the terms of reference of the Board.


To prepare minutes of meetings and consult the Chair (and others) on the accuracy of the draft, to advise the Governing Body on expected and actual vacancies, to liaise with individuals and bodies on membership in line with the wishes of the Search and Governance Committee and the Governing Body.


To prepare and issue letters of appointment on behalf of the Governing Body and arrange the induction programme for new members of the Governing Body, to monitor the attendance of members, having regard to the instrument of government and the standing orders and to advise the Governing Body accordingly, and draft and keep under review the standing orders and to suggest to the Governing Body possible improvements and amendments to meet changed circumstances.


In liaison with the Chair and Principal, keep under constant review the terms of reference of the committees and working groups to suggest to the Governing Body possible improvements and amendments to meet changed circumstances and to maintain the register of members’ interests and to make this available for review by interested parties.


To conduct correspondence on behalf of the Chair and the Governing Body, be responsible for the proper use of the College seal


To support the Board in the identification of individual and Board training needs and participate in the provision and organisation of the training, to support the Governing Body in evaluating their own effectiveness, including:

a. Arranging the process of annual self–assessment.

b. Supporting the Corporation during external inspection.

c. Arranging for independent evaluation of the work of the Corporation where appropriate.


Safer Recruitment:

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College are committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of students and staff. This process begins with our safer recruitment process which involves using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for enhanced clearance checks for all staff, seeking references from previous employers, confirming the identity of all appointees, and checking that they have a right to work in the UK. No candidate will be allowed to commence active duty within the College, until our safer recruitment process has been fully completed to the required standards.


Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion:

At RHACC, we are committed to the promotion of equality and diversity and as part of this we seek to ensure the fair treatment of applicants for roles at the College. We are a disability confident employer and guarantees an interview for any disabled applicant who meets the minimum criteria for the job. As an employer who is committed to equality, we actively encourage applications from all those within the protected characteristic groups defined under the Equality Act. 

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We are delighted to be able to recruit for wonderful opportunity to join our team for the above position. RHACC is just one of nine dedicated adult and community colleges in the UK, placing us in a unique segment of the education sector. RHACC was established in 2017 but has roots dating back to 1895, with an emphasis on providing our expertise in learning for wellbeing, skills for life and career development to disadvantaged women, people who have a disability and adults in need of improved wellbeing and career development.

This is an exciting opportunity where continued development opportunities are always available. We also offer a large number of benefits such as:

  • Pensions
  • UniDays
  • Teacher Perks
  • Carparking
  • Counselling
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Colleges Health Trust 
  • Costco
  • Education
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Creche 
  • Discounted Software
  • Discounted Room Hire 
  • Discounted Gym Membership

Our Commitment Toward Equality and Diversity
We are strongly committed to ensure a diverse workforce from all backgrounds, culture, and protected characteristics. We believe that this is what helps our entrepreneurial and innovative approach that creates an inclusive College that generates great service and pride in what we do.


We would encourage applicants to apply for the position that they have suitable skills for, and we actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we offer a guaranteed interview for those applicants that meet the minimal requirements of the vacancy.

Safer Recruitment Commitment 
As an education provider, we are committed to our statutory and moral duties in safeguarding our learners. This commitment extends to all applications to work with us, including those that supply to us. All individuals will be required to successfully complete the safer recruitment checks which includes:

  • Enhanced DBS Checks, including barred lists
  • Overseas checks
  • Obtaining two professional references (one has to be most recent employer)
  • Confirmation of qualifications


Join our team and start a career where YOU matter!



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