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About St John’s Foundation

 St John’s Foundation is a local charity that has supported the people of Bath and the surrounding area for almost 850 years. Today, we work with our partner organisations to build communities where children can grow into happy, healthy, and educated members of society, while continuing to honour our founding principle of supporting older adults to live independently. 

Every aspect of our work is built upon our values of trust, kindness, and courage, and inspired by our purpose: To change lives. For good.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work for a values-driven organisation with a people-centred  culture. The role sits within a governance team of five people and offers a wide variety of tasks  and the opportunity to work with colleagues across the organisation while being part of our  social purpose. As we are a small organisation, you will be at the heart of governance and  compliance processes providing lots of opportunity for professional development across a  range of skills.


Post Governance Officer

Team Governance

Reporting to Governance and Information Manager

Location Bath (the role will be primarily office-based but there will be an option to  work from home up to two days a week once the probation period has


Hours of work 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday

Contract Permanent at £27,900

Job summary 

The Governance Officer will provide professional, efficient, and accurate  governance and administrative services to the charity and its trading

subsidiary including the board, the committees, executives, and senior  managers.

Principal Accountabilities and Standards

• Manage each committee / board round to a high standard

• Provide assurance on compliance across the organisation

• Complete varied tasks to a high standard that support good governance at St John’s. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Board governance - Manage each committee /board round to a high standard by driving the  preparation of agendas, reports, and completion of matters arising including creating and  distributing board packs by collating, proofreading, and overseeing version control and  approval of papers.

Assurance – Provide assurance on compliance across the organisation. By, for example,  ensuring that policies and procedures are accessible, compliant, and up to date.

Directorate support - Carry out research on varied subjects as required and recognise and act  on opportunities to complete administrative tasks.


The Governance Officer will also:

• Attend training and team meetings

• Engage in the performance development review process

• Be aware of health and safety requirements at all times

• Undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time to fulfil the needs of  the Foundation

Deadline: 12pm on Thursday 15th December

Top tips for your application

We would like a covering letter, which you can use to explain your motivation for  applying and to cover any points in the job description and personal specification not  referenced in your CV. If you do not have specific experience in certain areas, then show  us what you have achieved in similar areas or how you have learnt new skills in the  past.

Proofread your application because this is a role that requires exceptional attention  to detail and excellent business writing. We will be looking for how these skills are  reflected in your application.

Please reference the job description and personal specification in your application as this will highlight your potential and suitability for the role.

The job description and personal specification can be found here

To apply please submit a  CV and covering letter to or via Indeed.


• The deadline for applications is 12pm on 15th December.

• We plan to hold interviews on the morning of the 20th and afternoon of the 21st of  December in our offices in central Bath.

• Ideally, the successful applicant would then start at St John’s in January. However,  there is some flexibility and start date will be discussed at interview.

Governance Officer




35 hours per week, Monday – Friday

Contract Type:



Bath (the role will be primarily office-based)

Close Date:

Thursday, 15 December 2022

Email Contact:

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