This is an exciting time to join the Dunstan Catholic Educational Trust (DCET) which opened on 1 March 2022 as one of the first Catholic multi-academy Trust’s in Clifton Diocese.

The DCET currently oversees six primary schools based in Somerset and North Somerset with a combined total of circa 1200 pupils, 200 staff and £5m budget. However, the Bishop’s ambitious growth plan means it is expected to expand quickly over the next few years to over 20 mixed phase schools.

Chief Financial Officer

The Trust Board seeks to appoint a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on a permanent, full-time all year round basis for a start date as soon as possible. There is some flexibility for the right person to start initially on a 0.8 or nine-day fortnight basis rising to full-time to meet business demand and Trust growth.

The postholder will need to be a qualified finance and operations/business leader with a proven track record within a growing and complex organisation operating on multiple sites. The DCET CFO will have delegated leadership responsibility for the finance and business operations of the charitable company and ensuring public funds are well spent in delivering the Trust’s vision, ethos and strategy in the best interests of all pupils. 

What We Can Offer You

  • Employer contributions to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Excellent career development opportunities as the Trust grows
  • Handover and transition support.
  • Access to continuous professional development by engaging in a trust-to-trust support and/or MAT CFO buddy/coaching and mentoring arrangement. The latter could be helpful particularly if you have not worked in the education sector previously.
  • Annual leave of 25 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays rising after 5 years
  • A flexible approach to work life balance

Please see the recruitment pack for more information:  Download Recruitment Pack (PDF)

Salary: £65 - 75k depending on experience

Base: At a Trust location with travel to schools and flexible working as per Trust policy

Application Form (PDF)

Trust Governance Lead

The Trust Board seeks to appoint a Trust Governance Lead, on a 0.4 permanent, part-time basis from 1 September 2022 but expansion could result in increased hours over time. You will be responsible for leading the provision of independent and authoritative expert governance advice, guidance and company secretarial support to the Members, Trust Board, its committees, executives and the Central Clerk Team. This is to enable the delivery of highly effective and ethical governance in line with the Trust’s vision, ethos, strategy, and policies to serve the best interests of all pupils.

What We Can Offer You

  • Employer contributions to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Excellent career development opportunities as the Trust grows
  • Handover, transition and/or coaching and mentoring support provided by an experienced external company secretary and trust governance lead. The latter could be helpful particularly if you have not worked in the education sector previously.
  • Access to continuous professional development via Trust membership of sector professional body/ies including the Confederation of School Trusts and Somerset Governor Services.
  • Annual leave of 25 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays rising after 5 years
  • A flexible approach to work life balance

Please see the recruitment pack for more information: Download Recruitment Pack (PDF)

Salary: NJC Scale Points 35 - 40 (£39,571 -£44,624) pro rata

Base: At a Trust location with travel to schools and flexible working as per Trust policy.

Application Form (PDF)

 

Trust Board Director (Unpaid Volunteer Role)

The Trust Board seeks a diverse range of executive level skills, knowledge and experience to oversee delivery of its vision, strategy and Catholic ethos for the benefit of all pupils and communities served , as well as enable compliance with its statutory duties as a charitable company accountable to the Department for Education (the regulator of academies). The term of office is four years and, on average the time commitment is 1 - 2 days per month.

This is a hugely valued and rewarding role but is done on an unpaid volunteer basis, although out-of-pocket expenses can be reimbursed. N.B. All appointments will be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate and Section 128 clearance.

welcome_letter_from_trust_board_chair.pdf

dcet_director_role_description_and_person_specification_may_22.pdf

dcet_-_ces_model_governors_code_of_conduct_for_directors_in_single_or_multi_academy_trust_company_(1).pdf

How to Apply

If you would like an informal conversation before applying, please contact either the Trust Governance Lead via CEmery@theDcet.com and/or Bill McEntee, Diocesan Governance Officer via: Bill.McEntee@cliftondiocese.com or 0117 902 5599.

To apply, please complete (fully do NOT refer to a CV) all four of the following forms via the Clifton Diocese website:

Nomination form:             https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/form-5

Eligibility Declaration:     https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/form-6

CES Skills Audit:                  https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/form-7

DBS Self Declaration:       https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/form-4

The Diocesan privacy notice can be found via its website: Privacy Notice | Clifton Diocese

 

School Governor (Unpaid Volunteer Role)

The Trust is looking to recruit more governors who offer a mix different skills, experience, and local knowledge to work strategically and ensure the responsibility delegated to each LGC is delivered effectively for the benefit of local children. You do NOT need to have previous governor experience, induction and ongoing training will be provided. The time commitment, on average, equates to 1-2 days per month to include formal meeting preparation and attendance, ongoing professional development, staff recruitment, engagement with stakeholders including accompanied visits to get to know the school, its staff and pupils.

This is a hugely valued and rewarding role but is done on an unpaid volunteer basis, although out-of-pocket expenses can be reimbursed. N.B. All appointments will be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate and Section 128 clearance.

welcome_letter_to_governors_from_trust_board_chair_may_2022.pdf

dcet_terms_of_reference_for_lgcs_updated_110422.pdf

dcet_ces_model_governors_code_of_conduct_for_lgc_governors.pdf

How to Apply

If you’d like to find out more before applying or are a potential parent governor, please email the Trust’s Interim Trust Governance Lead: CEmery@theDCET.com  

If you are a potential foundation governor please contact the Diocesan Governance Officer via email: Bill.McEntee@cliftondiocese.com  or telephone  0117 902 5599 or visit the Clifton Diocese website via: Leadership & Governance | Clifton Diocese Schools and Colleges

 

 

 

Trust Clerk to Local Governing Committee(s)

The Trust seeks to recruit an additional Trust Clerk to Local Governing Committee(s) (LGC) to provide governance professional support to an agreed number of designated LGCs depending on capacity. Each LGC meets six times per year. More details about the post and the LGC Terms of Reference can be found below.

dcet_clerk_recruitment_pack_may_22.pdf

dcet_terms_of_reference_for_lgcs_updated_110422.pdf

How to Apply

If you’d like to find out more before applying, please email the Trust’s Interim Trust Governance Lead: CEmery@theDCET.com  

To apply, applicants should complete a CES model application for Support Staff in full, including the supporting statement via: Vacancies (thedcet.com)  

Please submit your application to: HTaylor@theDcet.com by the closing date/time stated in the recruitment pack./content/large/documents/vacancies/dcet_clerk_recruitment_pack_may_22.pdf