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City of York Council – Director of Governance (inc. Monitoring Officer)
£91,383 to £101,318 plus relocation support

Director of Governance (inc. Monitoring Officer) - City of York Council

Salary: £91,383 to £101,318 plus relocation package and pending 2022 pay award
Contract: Permanent
Location: York City Centre and Hybrid working from home


Welcome - thank you for your interest in our role

York: A modern city rich in culture and heritage, regularly voted as one of the top places people want to live!

Our successful and diverse economy remains one of the strongest in the North of England, the city continues to be one of the safest places to live and the Sunday Times has recognised our schools as the best in the North, where our young people continue to achieve excellent results at A-level and GCSE. Outstanding childcare is within 30 minutes of anywhere in this city.

We are looking for a Director of Governance to play a fundamental role in driving change, helping define our future direction, influencing key stakeholders and delivering service improvements that will raise City of York Council’s reputation, locally, nationally and internationally.

This crucial role will support Councillors and Officers to successfully deliver our priorities and ensure that they meet statutory requirements.

As a pivotal member of our corporate management team, you will directly support the Chief Operating Officer to actively contribute to the strategic management of the Council and ensure the success of our corporate aims and objectives.

You will work collaboratively with other partners in the wider city and regional governance systems; building strong external relationships to certify robust and transparent governance arrangements for the Council and to make the most of opportunities for residents and communities.

We are proud to be home to active and engaged residents together with passionate and committed elected members; transparency and ethical standards are critical to our success and must stand up to the rigor of positive challenge.

The post holder will be responsible for the following Council services:

• Legal Services
• Policy, Strategy and Communications
• Civic and Democratic services
• Electoral Services
• Corporate Governance
• Audit
• Corporate Support

As a pivotal member of our Corporate Management Team the post holder will have collective responsibility for corporate leadership.

This role manages and is responsible for governance which is at the heart of everything that the Council does; including:

• Ensuring that decisions taken by Members and Officers are effective and lawful;
• Supporting the delivery of the Council’s services and projects;
• Maintaining, promoting and monitoring high ethical standards for Members and Officers;
• Providing support to elected Members;
• Managing elections; and
• Providing high-quality legal advice and representation for the Council whilst working in partnership.

If you are interested in meeting the challenge, enhancing your career and making your mark in York then we look forward to receiving your application.

Ian Floyd

Chief Operating Officer

City of York Council

Ian Floyd, Chief Operating Officer City of York Council

About the City of York

Our values

Even as we change, our values are everlasting. Collectively and as individuals, our values guide our behaviour and the decisions we make every day.

As a Council we:

  • Work together - share information and knowledge, care about and respect other views, support and encourage each other and our communities.
  • Improve - challenge what we do and how we can do it better, try new ways of doing things and learn from our experiences, feedback and mistakes, with an underlying ambition for our communities.
  • Make a difference - are honest about what we achieve, deliver our commitments, communicate openly and make our actions count.

These values not only guide us in the day-to-day, but in our decision-making processes and how we effectively plan for the future.

Working for City of York Council

The Council is made up of passionate and determined teams working together for the benefit of York. We invest heavily in our staff, providing them with an environment in which they can flourish.

The way in which we do this comes in many forms. As an organisation we promote professional development, remote working, employer supported volunteering and healthy working environments. We also offer a generous benefits package which includes; flexi-time, term-time and part-time working options, 30 days annual leave increasing to 35 days upon completion of 5 years local government service, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme together with high street discounts and salary sacrifice schemes.

Being a people-centred organisation means investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and there are many different ways in which we make this happen, including:

  • Providing work which gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of residents and colleagues;
  • Supportive management, who enable you to thrive and fulfil your potential;
  • Recognition for your hard work, through talent management and staff awards;
  • Support through the changing environment we are all living in;
  • Flexible working practices; and
  • A reward package which recognises your contribution.

Great people are at the heart of everything we do. We realise that great people provide great services. For this reason we look for individuals who are motivated, resourceful, accountable, honest, skilled, caring and engaged. Above all, you must be passionate about making a difference to the lives of our residents and the experiences of visitors.

If this sounds like you we look forward to receiving your application.

New to York?

For those new to York, we are a vibrant, digital city at the heart of Yorkshire and everything that has to offer; the best of tradition and the modern. National Parks and areas of areas outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep, with their quaint villages and market towns, whilst the Yorkshire coast provides a coastal retreat ideal for those sunny days.

We are known for our considerable assets - our international important heritage, our strengths as a science city, our creative industries and cultural offer, our digital infrastructure, the UK’s first Gigabit City, our young and highly skilled workforce, our world-leading universities and some of the highest performing schools and colleges in the country.

Our thriving retail and visitor economy welcome seven million unique visitors every year. We have recently been recognised as the ‘foodie centre of the universe’ and our Christmas market is the best in the UK. Throughout 2018, we were awarded Sunday Times best place to live, Conde Nast city of best architecture and the most friendly, most community-spirited, most festive and most summer-friendly city, and YouGov found that we are Britain’s favourite city.

It is an exciting time to join us; the negotiation of a devolution deal with the potential for increased funding, our ambitious climate change agenda and our resolute focus on recovery post Covid make our work all the more challenging, interesting and vital in equal measure.

We are ambitious, confident and aim to be a prosperous city for all - where local businesses can thrive and residents have good quality jobs, housing, opportunities and access to quality public services. Our vibrant economy and rich communities make York the acclaimed city it is.

We celebrate and champion the diversity of our population and encourage everyone to play an active role in the city. In achieving this aim, we work closely with all public and private sector organisations in the city to make sure we get value for money services. We are transparent in what we do, including clear engagement with communities.

If you are relocating to the area to take up the post we will provide relation support, see details below.

About the role

Job title: Director of Governance (inc. Monitoring Officer)
Location: York City Centre and Hybrid Working 
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £91,383 to £101,318 plus relocation package and pending 2022 pay award

We are looking for an exceptional legal professional with strong leadership, vision and integrity; to help define our future direction, influence key stakeholders and support service improvement. You will lead the governance framework and have technical expertise and experience at a senior level to uphold good governance and robust decision making to ensure effective and timely decisions are made in accordance with the law and Council Constitution.

This strengthens and improves the Council’s approach to governance, ensuring high standards are maintained throughout the organisation.

In this crucial role you will support Councillors in carrying out their roles as elected Members, and will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer as a pivotal part of the Council’s Corporate Management Board.

This post is being recruited to on a permanent basis and requires the post holder to have significant senior legal experience gained by working within the public sector and in a complex political environment. You must also hold a practising certificate as a qualified legal professional.

As well as being the Council’s Chief Legal Officer, you will undertake the duties of the statutory Monitoring Officer, with accountability of being the council’s moral compass, ensuring high ethical standards and the aptitude to ensure we ‘do the right thing’ as an organisation. You will provide strategic leadership and support to members and officers in order to enable effective decisions to be made and ensuring compliance across the council by championing good governance.

Being a pivotal member of our Corporate Management Team you will have an opportunity to shape, influence and strengthen the wider council and change agenda; working in close partnership with the Chief Operating Officer to ensure that corporate objectives and Council needs are met.

We are looking for a solicitor with a proven track record and experience in delivering successful, highly professional legal and democratic services. You will have experience of managing a legal service across a wide range of disciplines in a complex organisation and have experience of working with an executive model and elected members. With a clear vision of success you will have a passion for significant challenges and a track record of delivering highly respected, robust services. Specifically, you will have significant local government experience and a track record of delivering successful civic, democratic and electoral services in a complex political environment.

Whilst we are a high performing authority, we are experiencing challenges and complexities like all Local Authorities. In York, you will have the opportunity to experience a career which builds on strong foundations of success; strong economic growth and regeneration opportunities, high performance, and a rich and diverse range of expertise. In York, a compact city with rural communities, you really can tackle the challenges head on.

If appointed, you will join us at a time of great ambition and optimism. If you are determined to make a difference in a world-class city, working in a challenging yet rewarding role; we look forward to receiving your application.

This role has many flexible working options including the ability to work on a hybrid basis for part of the working week.  The successful candidate will be expected to attend meetings in person on average once or twice per week including evening meetings. When in the office you will work at West Offices our Grade A modern and high specification accommodation in the heart of York which is very close to the station and the commercial and historic centre.

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Contact us and apply now

For an informal confidential discussion about these opportunities, please contact either Penny Keatings on 07811  or Leanne Auton on 07815 028548 /

Key dates

Closing date: Midnight 31st July 2022

Shortlisting dates: 3rd - 5th August 2022 (virtual)

Assessment dates: Flexible throughout August . Please include your unavailability during August for attendance at interviews and assessments.


To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to Leanne Auton at as soon as possible but no later than midnight 31st July 2022.

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview. Please also provide details of your current salary and notice period.

Please include in your unavailability during August for attendance at interviews and assessments.

Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.

This is a politically restricted post as defined by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

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