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Governance Services Officer

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

The Governance Services Team plays a key role in supporting the Council’s governance and decision-making processes. Part of the Council’s Law and Governance Service, the team helps to make sure that formal decision-making is open and transparent and provides clear accountability for the use of resources in order to deliver the Council’s priorities. The team works with Councillors, officers, partner organisations, communities and local people to ensure that decision-makers have all the information they need and that meetings run smoothly and in line with local government legislation and the Council’s Constitution. These include meetings of full Council, which sets the authority’s budget and policy framework, Planning Committee which makes decisions on applications from large scale developments to smaller projects and the Audit and Scrutiny committees which review the Council’s work and holds decision-makers to account. The Team also runs the School Appeals service for the Council and some academy schools ensuring that admission appeals and exclusion reviews are undertaken within the relevant legislative framework. 

What is the job role?

Do you have an interest in good governance, decision-making and administration? We are looking for enthusiastic team player to work in a busy team, servicing Council meetings and promoting democracy in Coventry. The Team also services School Appeals. 

You will have a knowledge of local government political management arrangements, together with the ability to work under pressure in a challenging, but interesting environment. 

We are looking for someone to join the Governance Services Team to provide high quality legal and administrative support for Council meetings. You will: 

  • Service meetings of the Council, ensuring the highest standards of governance are applied     

  • Draft and quality check reports, prepare agendas, attend meetings and produce accurate minutes 

  • Provide procedural advice to Councillors and officers, before, during and after meetings 

  • Process questions, petitions and other procedural information 

  • Assist and promote good governance and promote public participation in decision making 

  • Develop the service to promote best practice and meet customer needs 

  • Assist in the delivery of governance training for Councillors and officers   

Who are we looking for?

The skills you will bring to the role will include: 

  • The ability to work flexibility as part of a busy team, working to strict legal deadlines and managing conflicting demands  

  • A good knowledge and understanding of a local authority’s management and political management structure and the role of Councillors 

  • An ability to analyse and evaluate complex information and to produce high quality, accurate and well-structured written work, including reports and minutes 

  • The ability to work effectively and confidently with a variety of people, including Councillors, senior officers and members of the public 

  • A good level of political awareness and experience of dealing with confidential information 

Please note this post is a politically restricted post in accordance with Section 2(1) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 please review the job description for further information. 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date: Wednesday 9th February 2022

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

Coventry City Council


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