Servol Community Services, Closing date: On Request

Servol Community Services is a progressive and person-centred charity providing accommodation for adults with enduring mental health conditions. This is a diverse and interesting role for a governance professional either with sector experience or looking to move into the sector.


JOB TITLE: Governance Officer
HOURS OF WORK: 15 hours per week
CONTRACT: Permanent post
SALARY: £9,400/£23.5k (FTE)
REPORTS TO: Company Secretary
LOCATION: Central Birmingham/Remote Working

To be successful in this role, you will:
- Understand charity governance and can hit the ground running.
- Quickly recognise our current governance processes and build credibility and trust with trustees and senior members of staff.
- Ideally have sat in numerous board and committee meetings and be comfortable producing accurate and precise minutes explaining in simple terms why decisions were made and what actions are required.
- Be able to follow up on any actions politely but firmly, ensuring they are complete and provide that assurance to trustees.

At Servol we live our values every day and they are reflected in everything we do. We are:
• Caring
• Respectful
• Welcoming
• Continuously Improving

• Support the Company Secretary to ensure statutory compliance and high standards of governance within the Charity
• Lead and develop the induction process for trustees and independent committee members
• Prepare agendas, compile, and circulate papers to strict deadlines, taking minutes and ensuring follow-up actions are completed
• Have responsibility for the day-to-day management and maintenance of governance arrangements, ensuring adherence with appropriate Companies Act, Charities Act and Charity Commission requirements
• Work cross functionally to gather data and deliver assurance on matters related to governance and filing requirements.
• Manage governance enquiries answering or escalating issues as appropriate
• Undertake any other duties or projects commensurate with the nature of this post as required.

Person Specification:
Experience of providing charity governance and compliance advice to Boards and other staff
Working knowledge of the principles of data security and information governance in a health and social care/charitable setting
Proficient use of a variety of IT systems including Microsoft Office
Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to proactively provide support and foresee the needs of trustees, particularly as trustees first join the Charity
Excellent attention to detail
Experience of drafting short, accurate Board minutes
Able to meet deadlines and manage multiple/conflicting priorities to successfully navigate the Board and committee quarterly cycle and filing requirements
Working knowledge and implementation of equality and diversity legislation and best practice

Personal Qualities:
Pro-active, creative and self-motivated
Able to successfully build credibility and trust with others by acting openly, professionally and respectfully at all times
Have the ability to work under pressure and ensure deadlines are met
Flexible/adaptable approach
Excellent organisational and administrative skills
To demonstrate a values-driven approach that matches the organisational values

Contact details are [email protected] or 07471 953374