Director of Governance

Are you ready to take on a new challenge in one of the country’s leading Further Education Colleges?


22 hours per week – flexible days/hours to suit your personal circumstances 

Salary: c£45,000 (pro rata per annum – full time is 37 hours/week)

Generous benefits including:

  • 48 days annual leave pro rata per year (including bank holidays and efficiency closures)
  • Membership of the Local Government pension Scheme

About the Role

This is an opportunity to develop your career at the heart of a professional, forward thinking and innovative College with a national reputation. Your brief will be to actively contribute to corporate decision-making, as well as ensuring statutory compliance which is typically associated with this role.

Reporting to the Chair of the Board, this is a pivotal role supporting the effective and efficient functioning of the Corporation. Working proactively at all times, you will provide a professional information, advice and support service to the Chair, Chief Executive and Principal, senior members of staff and Members of the Corporation, so that they can fulfil their ambitions for the College.

Key areas of delivery include the provision of independent, high quality guidance on statutory, constitutional, operational, procedural and ethical issues, and advising the Board, its Committees and senior staff on the proper exercise of their powers. You will take appropriate action if something is proposed that may be ultra vires or a regulatory risk.

About You

An effective communicator with the ability to consolidate large amounts of information in a range of formats, you will possess excellent research and negotiation skills, and a keen attention to detail. You will have high level interpersonal skills and be able to engage productively with a wide variety of people. You will also demonstrate an ability to adopt an independent stance within the spirit and parameters of the Articles and raft of statutory regulations governing the role. Knowledge and experience of working within the Further Education sector in a similar or related capacity, is desirable, but not essential. 

About the College

The sector will play a crucial role in the long term economic recovery of the UK from the coronavirus pandemic. We are well placed to make a significant contribution. Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, we are the top general FE College in Yorkshire, and one of the largest providers of A Level and vocational programmes for 16 to 19 year olds in the region. We also deliver a range of Traineeships, Apprenticeships, degree level courses, working with over 1,000 employers, helping them to meet their current and future skills needs.

We are proud of our outstanding achievement rates for students at all levels, which have been consistently above national average for over 20 years, as well as the outstanding student progression into higher-level study and employment.

A TEF Silver provider, York College is proud to be part of a consortium of colleges and employers developing the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (IoT) – one of only 12 IoTs nationally, which are designed to increase higher level technical skills for employers.


With a vibrant working environment, excellent transport links to the city centre and surrounding area, on-site parking, and use of the College facilities, you will find York College to be fulfilling and supportive place to work. Our staff have adapted successfully to the pandemic and together with our robust financial health we will be in a strong position as and when we ‘re-boot’ the College in 2020-21.  

To give you an insight in to the College, please check out our 360 degree tour video on our website here

Want to know more?

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the Chair of the Corporation Shirley Collier on 07746 407179 or Gareth Catterson, Acting Director of Governance (      

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check.

Closing date: Monday 13th July (9am)

Interviews: 21st July 2020

Please note that we do not accept CV applications. If you are viewing this vacancy through any job board then please go to our website and apply using our application form.

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As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff.  York College has signed up to the ‘Mindful Employer’ charter for employers who are positive about mental health.  We are also a certified Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

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