Governance and Policy Advisor

Job Roles:
Other - schools related roles
Organisation Type:
Academy Trust
Contract Type:
Subject Area:
London, Yorkshire
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
£35,000 to £40,000
13th Dec 2017
Start Date:
Astrea Academy Trust
Job Ref:

Reporting to: Executive Director of Operations
Location of this position: London or Sheffield, with national travel

At Astrea we firmly believe in the importance of local volunteers’ challenge and support for the Academy in their community. As the Principal’s critical friend local governors play a crucial role in working alongside the academy leadership team to drive school improvement and maintain high standards of education and pastoral support. The primary purpose of our new Governance and Policy Adviser will be working with governing bodies at each Academy to enable them to fulfil this function effectively.

The post holder will need to be proactive and creative in identifying where governance is working well but also where interventions may be required. They will build strong relationships with Principals, Chairs and National Leaders of Governance, ensuring governance at each Academy is fully ‘Ofsted-ready’. As the Trust’s Governance expert the post holder will design and roll-out a professional governor training programme, and also lead on governor recruitment and retention, with a licence to be innovative in attracting high calibre volunteers.

As part of this role the post holder will also help to ensure that the flow of information between the various layers of Astrea governance is functioning effectively. Critically, this role also oversees Policy development and production across the Trust, an area that underpins so much of our work at central and local level. The post holder will co-ordinate the ongoing process of policy refresh across Astrea, ensuring central functions are clear about deadlines for review and updates so that the Trust can continue to meet its compliance responsibilities.

This is the perfect time to join Astrea as a Governance and Policy Adviser, as we implement improvements to our model of governance, consolidate the excellent support and challenge provided by our committed groups of local volunteers, and build on the success in raising standards of our first full year. This is an ideal role for an ambitious and autonomous individual keen to embed a forward-thinking approach to governance within a multi-academy trust committed to addressing educational inequality.

Astrea Academy Trust is committed to high quality professional development and career opportunities for all staff, we are also passionate about cultivating our own talented workforce. At Astrea we believe that we can provide these unique roles by providing a huge opportunity to join a dynamic team working across the entire organisation.

We foster a collaborative culture where talented individuals can produce their best work. We welcome all applicants who meet the criteria in the accompanying recruitment pack to apply for this exciting role. To find out more about the role please contact Adam Goldstein, Executive Director of Operations at

Submit your completed application form to Vicki Russell, Recruitment Officer -

Closing date: 12/01/2018
Interview Dates: To be confirmed

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Contact Details:
Astrea Academy Trust
Tel: 020 7680 9893
Contact: HR

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