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4 Sep 2023

Full-Time Committee Officer

ArkSchools – Posted by ArkSchools London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Committee Officer


Reports to: Assistant Company Secretary

Location: West London – currently operating an agile working policy with two core days (Mon and Weds) in the office (Occasional travel to Ark schools in London, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Hastings will be required)

Contract: Permanent

Pattern: Full Time (standard hours 9am – 5.30pm)

Closing date: 27/09/2023 at 10am

Interviews: w/c 09/10/2023

Salary: £35,000 to £40,000 (depending on experience)


About the role:

The Committee Officer is a new role and will be a key part of the governance support for Ark, Ark Schools and other entities with the Ark ‘group’. The Committee Officer will work with the Assistant Company Secretary and other members of the Governance Team to provide comprehensive support across the company secretarial and compliance function.


The Committee Officer will deliver co-ordinated support for the programme boards for ventures within Ark and Ark Schools and for subsidiaries of Ark. Until August 2024 the role will also provide clerking support to the Ark and Ark Schools Board and their sub committees as maternity cover.


Key Responsibilities:

  • To assist the Director of Governance and Assistant Company Secretary in setting the governance framework and develop a co-ordinated, high-quality approach to committee administration
  • To work with senior leaders to ensure support for the Boards and Sub committees including agenda setting and circulation, minute taking and meeting follow up
  • Deliver an effective plan for committee administration for programme boards and other Ark entities including clerking of meetings
  • Clerking of the Ark and Ark Schools Board and sub committees in line with the governance frameworks (until August 2024)
  • To take minutes and notes as required to support interviews and meetings as part of investigations and internal assurance work by the Governance Team
  • Support improvement in the governance and assurance framework including the which will further the overall work of the Ark governance team
  • To communicate with internal and external colleagues to promote good governance across Ark


Key Requirements:

  • English and Maths GCSE or equivalent at grade C/4 or above
  • Experience of governance in an education, public sector, or charity environment
  • Experience of organising meetings, agendas and taking accurate and concise minutes
  • Exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in working to multiple deadlines and managing competing priorities
  • Experience and knowledge of working within frameworks set by regulators
  • Understanding of data protection
  • Positive, open-minded with a flexible approach
  • Ability to deal with confidential and/or sensitive information with exceptional diplomacy and tact, and a high level of professionalism


View the full job description and person specification here


About Ark

We’re an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. In the UK, we’re a network of 39 schools, educating around 28,500 pupils in areas where we can make the biggest difference and we’re recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country. We want to change the lives of children everywhere, not just in our own schools. So, we create and incubate Ventures designed not only to help pupils in Ark schools, but also to improve education systems.


You’ll be joining a group of like-minded, ambitious individuals who work collaboratively and are all committed to our core mission, that every child has the potential to succeed. Having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, we are shaping our goals for the next 20 and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.



  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with each year of service up to 30 days after 3-years’ service. This entitlement is pro rata for part time employees. This entitlement excludes bank holidays
  • Full office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Hybrid working, with currently two days a week in our state-of-the-art office in West London working alongside colleagues
  • Regular social events, monthly free breakfast, and daily fruit
  • A flexible approach to working with understanding and consideration for work life balance and personal commitments
  • As an Ark employee, you will have the opportunity to be part of the TPT (The Pension Trust) scheme, our workplace pension scheme where we make an 11% contribution; you are not required to contribute towards this scheme unless you choose to. Depending on your role you may also be entitled to LGPS which is a defined benefit scheme where you contribute a percentage based on how much you earn (as do we) in exchange for a guaranteed amount in your pension pot every year
  • Access to high-quality professional learning throughout your career, offering both face-to-face sessions and a bespoke online learning platform
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans available for season tickets or a bike, gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym and free eye tests

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.  


Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link.

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How to Apply

Apply with a CV and cover letter on our online recruitment portal. Applications to be submitted by Wednesday 27th September 2023 at 10am. We will review applications once the role has closed. Click here to apply 

  This ATS application form should take no longer 20 minutes to complete. At any time, you can pause, save, and log back in. If you have any difficulty with meeting the deadline for application, please contact recruitment@arkonline.org  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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