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Working at one of the Midlands' leading independent schools is thoroughly rewarding and Bablake welcomes job applications from enthusiastic, appropriately qualified, talented and inspiring staff.

If we currently have no vacancies, we always welcome speculative enquiries by post and email. All such communications should be marked for the attention of the Headmaster, Mr J W Watson, in the Senior School and Headmaster, Mr N Price, in the Junior School.

Director of Finance & Operations and Clerk to the Governors

THE COVENTRY SCHOOL FOUNDATION

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS AND CLERK TO THE GOVERNORS

Start date - September 2017 (or earlier if mutually agreed)

The Coventry School Foundation (the “Foundation”) comprises four separate independent schools within Coventry, providing an excellent academic and extra-curricular education for approximately 2,300 boys and girls aged between 3 and 18 in a happy, scholarly and caring community.

This is an exciting period for the Foundation as the Governors continue to develop and shape the schools, some with many centuries of heritage, to ensure they are fit for purpose in today’s fast-changing modern society.

The four schools are King Henry VIII Senior School, King Henry VIII Preparatory School (which includes a pre-prep), Bablake Senor School, and Bablake Junior School (which also includes a pre-prep). The Foundation manages these schools across four separate sites, and additionally the Foundation manages 130 acres of sports pitches and facilities.

The Head of each school is responsible for the academic results, staffing and operational budgets, as well as health and safety, and child protection of their school. Various central support services (finance, procurement, HR, facilities, transport, legal and governance) are provided by the Foundation Office, which is led by the Director of Finance & Operations (“DFO”).

The DFO leads the foundation staff team and reports directly to the Chair of the Governors. (S)he sits on the Executive Body of the Foundation (along with the four heads), has responsibility for the “business” of the Foundation (comprising approximately £20m annual income). The DFO also serves as Clerk to the Governors.

The role holder will be expected to manage the commercial and business aspects of the Foundation and its schools on behalf of the Governors, and establish effective, collaborative relationships with the four heads who sit as peers on the Executive Body, and who are individually responsible (and directly accountable to Governors) for the success and achievements of their respective schools.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record of leadership success in effective management of people and resources within commercial and/or not for profit sectors. (S)he will be organised, commercial and resilient, possess strong influencing and relationship management skills and proactively make recommendations to the Governors of the Foundation and the Heads in the schools.

Financial literacy and robust commercial judgement will be essential; a formal professional accounting qualification and/or prior experience of the education sector are strongly desirable but not essential.

The importance of the post is recognised in a very attractive remuneration package. 

To arrange a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Nina Lambert: ninalambert@rsacademics.co.uk or call her on 07764 185745.

For further details and an application pack please go to RSAcademics at www.rsacademics.co.uk 

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 25th April, 10.00am

The Coventry School Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils.  All Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.