Rani is NGA’s head of advice and governor at a maintained infant school in Solihull.
We are recruiting a graduate trainee to our Advice team. I hope that the details provided in the application pack give you an insight into what we do at NGA and what the role of Information Officer entails, but I wanted to help convey what you can expect when joining our team and what the role is like day-to-day.
The Advice team consists of myself as Head of Advice, three Senior Advice Officers and another Information Officer who joined us eleven months ago. All of us started at NGA as graduate trainees. Unsurprisingly, none of us had knowledge of school governance, but now we are technical experts. The support and training we received from colleagues meant that we were able to carry out the role effectively and progress at NGA. As a new Information Officer, you will receive formal training sessions from me and the team to give you a solid foundation to do the job. As well as this, you will be expected to undertake some independent learning but all of us will be here to help and answer any questions you may have. Even after your initial induction period, the team will always be on hand to answer your questions.
We are a knowledgeable and professional group, but the attribute I am most proud of is how we work together as a team. We all have a common goal to provide an excellent service to members, but this responsibility does not sit with any one person, it is something that all of us on the Advice team and NGA strive to do. The culture here is very much one of supporting each other. When I started, we were a much smaller organisation and have since increased five-fold in size, but that team culture still exists. I have learnt so much from colleagues over my eight years at NGA. There is a great team spirit, and everyone including all senior members of staff are always happy to help and share their expertise which is invaluable for someone in the early stages of their career. There is huge emphasis on cross team working which exposes you to work outside of the Advice team and helps you develop new skills. Everyone is also encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas and be proactive within their role.
The core part of the role is of course to advise our members on a wide range of matters relating to school governance, but as you can see from the role description, it is so much more than that. Writing newsletter and magazine articles, guidance, responses to government consultations and more will give you the chance to develop your writing style.
The opportunity for progression is also important to us. We want to equip you with the skills to excel in this role and you will have the opportunity to take on more responsibility and hopefully progress to more senior positions.
Supporting governors, trustees and governance professionals is why NGA exists and, as well as speaking to our members on the phone, you will have the opportunity to meet them at the various virtual and in-person events. Listening to different members across the country is something we all enjoy doing and helps us learn so much.
And if I haven’t completely tempted you yet, there is also more often than not lots of cakes and sweet treats readily available for our days in the office!
Find out more about the Information Officer role and apply
The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 20 September.