Governance Manager (Assistant Head of Democratic Services), Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Website Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Salary £42,683 – £45,591
Permanent, 37 hours per week
Job reference REQ02925

Due to current Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions we are following Government advice and this may result in interviews being held via Telephone or Skype.

We are looking to appoint a Governance Manager to lead a team of professional advisors ensuring that the Council’s governance activities are delivered to a high standard in which councillors and the public have confidence.

This is a 37-hour, permanent role leading the Governance Unit which is responsible for the breadth of activities that support our Councillors individually and collectively. The team co-ordinates and supports the Council’s governance, scrutiny and decision-making structures.

You will be responsible for managing and delivering the servicing of Council, Cabinet, Committees, Sub-Committees and all other Elected Member level bodies and key officer groups supporting decision-making. You will give authoritative advice and guidance to Elected Members and others as necessary, ensuring all meetings conform to legal requirements and in accordance with the Constitution, corporate standards and relevant procedures and processes.

You will work with the Head of Democratic Services and other managers across the authority to deliver continual process improvements and navigate governance processes, as well as leading on service and cross Council projects as appropriate.

You will have excellent interpersonal, communication and report writing skills, together with the ability to motivate and lead staff.

For further information or to have a discussion about this role, please contact James McLaughlin, Head of Democratic Services on (01709) 822477 or email

This post will have access to the Public Services Network, if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at the Basic level (unspent criminal convictions).

This post is classed as ‘politically restricted’ under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended). The full details of the restrictions are set out in the Statutory Instrument, but broadly the restrictions prohibit candidature from public elected office; holding office in a political party; as well as involvement in political activities such as canvassing or public speaking/writing.

Applications from Women, people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Disabled People are welcomed as under-representation currently exists at this level within the organisation. Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

From 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2022 employees paid at Band D and above are subject to a temporary pay reduction of 1.15% spread out by means of a weekly / monthly deduction (dependent on pay frequency) from each pay period over the full financial year. In recognition of implementing this temporary measure, those who experience a pay reduction will be awarded of three additional day’s leave (pro rata for part-time).

Closing date for applications: 08/06/2020

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