bemix Governing Team Co-Chair - Post-16 Learning Disability/Autism Education, Kent and Medway

 

Would you like to use your Board/Committee chairing experience to change young lives? 

We're seeking a Co-Chair to join our dynamic social enterprise, pioneering support for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to move from school into work.

 


 

What will you be doing?

Our governors contribute to strategic direction and whole team wellbeing, support our executive leaders to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people, and oversee financial performance. Governors are at the heart of shaping a powerful model of education that is proven to be effective at overcoming the many barriers young people with learning disabilities and/or autism face with employment.

We are seeking a strong leader with experience of chairing Boards and Committees to work alongside our Co-Chair with a learning difficulty as equal Co-Chairs. Together, you will co-lead a small, highly dynamic and focused team of governors working hard to improve quality and achieve excellence in our field, building on our Good Ofsted rating with Outstanding in two of the four Ofsted categories. You will set high standards, organise work, enable open discussion that leads to clear actions with monitored deadlines and build a strong, diverse team in which every person is well-matched to their role and consistently active. 

You will work closely with other governors and programme leaders to scrutinise, challenge, advise on, monitor and improve the quality of education. You will also be involved in engaging with young people and families and other partners to bring their voices to our strategic planning. You will co-lead significant decisions, including the recruiting and appraising of senior leaders.

 

Time commitment

bemix is pioneering approaches to supporting young people in a challenging environment, including post-Covid mental health impact on young people, severe budget pressures in local authorities and unpredictabilities in the local labour market in which young people need to find work with our support. Our work is therefore fulfilling and demanding. We are privileged to have brilliant governors whose active presence and supportive wisdom is essential for our workforce to thrive and our provision to go from strength to strength. A calm, positive hands-on approach, meeting with leaders and connecting with the team is essential.

Governing Team members sometimes need to work at pace and typically engage with work and respond to email messages within 48 hours, and sometimes same day in the event of urgent issues such as safeguarding alerts. 

 

What are we looking for?

ESSENTIAL

Experience of chairing a Board and/or Committee.

VERY DESIRABLE

Experience chairing a governing body, ideally but not necessarily in education.

DESIRABLE

Quality Assurance, Finance, Health and Safety, Safeguarding.

 

What difference will you make?

Joining a dynamic social enterprise and post-16 SEND provision founded in 2017, your experience will bring vital wisdom and insight to help us develop and grow. Ultimately, your contribution will flow down to enrich the impact our team is having supporting young people to learn about the world of work and become contributors themselves in workforces. You'll play a key role supporting executive leaders, who do amazing work in a demanding environment.

 

Where

Living in Kent or Medway is important for local connection to our work. We reimburse travel expenses.
 

Time

Mostly during office hours. 3-7 hours/week. Availability in the working week is very helpful to co-work with senior leaders and visiting the provision. Meetings are presently held during office hours.
 
 

 

Before you apply

On applying, we will arrange a phone/Zoom conversation or meeting to discuss the role informally. If agreeable to both parties, we will proceed to a formal interview including meeting young people who will be involved in the decision to appoint. Our due diligence includes the need for two references, work history, conflict of interest assessment, history of bankruptcy check, Enhanced DBS check and Safeguarding and Prevent training at the start of the appointment.

 

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