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Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust Director (Governor)

Employer
Birmingham City Council
Location
Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust Fairfax Road Sutton Trinity Sutton Coldfield B75 7JT
Salary
Volunteer
Closing date
31 Aug 2024

Job Details

Start date 31 August 2024

Hours casual, all year round

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust
Fairfax Road
Sutton Trinity
Sutton Coldfield
B75 7JT

Contact email r.sullivan@fmat.co.uk

FMAT are offering an opportunity for the right person to make a real difference to the outcomes and life chances of young people across Birmingham and Solihull. Our Schools: Fairfax Academy Erdington Academy Bournville School and Smiths Wood Academy.

This is an opportunity to give something back to the local community and use and develop your own skills in a board-level environment.

We need individuals willing to commit some of their time and apply their skills and experience to be a director of our Multi-Academy Trust. We need your help. FMAT has 4 schools, 3 are secondary schools and 1 is an all-through school (4 to 16) with over 4,000 students. We serve students from wide range of backgrounds including some in challenging circumstances. We have higher than average proportions of students from disadvantaged homes and with special education needs. We firmly believe that every student has the right to realise their full potential, and to do that they need to experience a high-quality education in a supportive environment to help them achieve their career aspirations and live their lives to the full.

We are seeking to appoint a number of directors with a range of skills including;

  • education
  • finance
  • human resources
  • risk management
  • health and safety
  • estates and marketing

Key elements of being a director include:

  • providing strategic guidance and drive to FMAT and its schools
  • holding leaders to account for the school’s performance
  • overseeing the financial and operational propriety of our organisation

The role of director is challenging but hugely rewarding, a brief role description

Commitment:

  • 5 Trust Board Meetings per annum 5 committee meetings per annum (per sub-committee) x 2 Plus training, school visits (Ideally 3 half days a year)
  • ad hoc panels Circa 100 hours per annum including meeting preparation
  • ad hoc meetings and school visits

Responsibilities:

  • strategic oversight
  • set the vision and policies for the Trust
  • ensure appropriate governance and decision-making
  • ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements
  • hold the executive to account for academic standards and outcomes
  • oversee the finances and effective use of funds
  • set appropriate targets and hold the CEO to account
  • agree and monitor budgets
  • review performance across the Trust
  • deal with contractual relationships with third parties
  • maintain a risk register which actively informs Trust agenda and decision making

  This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016). Therefore the ability to speak fluent and spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.   Please download applicant pack and apply online


This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Prohibition check (where applicable) Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references. An online search will also be carried out on all shortlisted candidates. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. 

This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment.  

Company

Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact bccHR@birmingham.gov.uk. When you have completed your application form this can be returned to bccHR@birmingham.gov.uk or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at: www.livingwage.org.uk.   

For the awards and support for our employees, please follow https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/homepage/169/job_vacancies  

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