Independent Governor

Job Title: Independent Governor
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Cambridge
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Independent Governor1
Job Published: December 13, 2018 11:48

Job Description

Role Description for Corporation Governors

As part of their shared corporate responsibility Governors are expected to play their part in ensuring that:

  1. the educational character and mission of the College reflect the needs of the community which is served by the College
  2. there are effective means of knowing whether the College is being properly managed to fulfil its mission
  3. public funds are used in accordance with the requirements of the funding bodies and to the maximum benefit of the community
  4. there is effective management of resources to ensure the solvency of the College and the safeguarding of its assets
  5. the College complies with Charity legislation and case law  
  6. estimates of income and expenditure are approved annually
  7. appropriate staffing arrangements are in place regarding the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal, pay and conditions of service of holders of senior posts and the Clerk to the Corporation
  8. the framework for the pay and conditions for all other staff is set.

In addition Governors have an individual responsibility to:

  1. attend and contribute to meetings of the Corporation and its Committees as appropriate
  2. apply specialist knowledge and expertise in contributing to the decision making processes of the Corporation
  3. take on the responsibilities of a Charity Trustee
  4. act as an ambassador for the College
  5. develop a special interest in some aspect(s) of the life of the College
  6. participate in the annual review of the performance of the Corporation
  7. take part in any relevant training and development events or opportunities as arranged from time-to-time for the benefit of Governors; be prepared to take part in personal development review as appropriate
  8. give any additional assistance as may be reasonably requested by the Chair of the Corporation
  9. Adhere to the Governors’ Code of Conduct and Standing Orders.

Person Specification

A Corporation Member should:-

  1. have the vision and strategic perspective to contribute to the development of the College’s strategy
  2. have the skills to analyse complex issues and solve problems creatively
  3. have good communication skills to be able to contribute effectively in Corporation meetings and to be able to advance the College’s interests in the community
  4. be committed to the policies and strategies and have an appreciation of the culture and values of the College
  5. Possess sound interpersonal skills
  6. be able to recognise and respect confidential and sensitive issues
  7. be able to comply with the legal requirements to be a charity trustee.

In addition, she/he should be able to offer some of the following attributes:

  • an interest in voluntary service to the community
  • a keen interest in the further and higher education sector
  • an understanding of the national context in which further education operates
  • a knowledge of other aspects of education and training provision
  • experience of working in local commerce, industry or public service at Board or senior management level
  • active involvement in the work of local community groups

specialist expertise such as business planning, human resources management, risk management, estates management, finance, law or accountancy.