ACTIVE DEVON PARTNERSHIP BOARD CANDIDATE BRIEFING and RECRUITMENT PACK RECRUITMENT PROCESS Board Members: Expressions of interest are invited from representatives of those sectors listed overleaf who have the appropriate commitment to and interest in physical activity and/or sport in Devon. This list is not exclusive and consideration will be given to candidates from other sectors where a link to the work of the partnership can be demonstrated. Board Members must be willing, motivated and able to work at a strategic level and provide support to the partnership in a variety of contexts. Candidates are asked to provide evidence against the role description, person specification and an indication of any key skills they are able to bring to the Board. Expressions of interest for positions to the Board should be submitted in writing by the closing date. Invitations to join the Board will be made by the Chief Executive and Chairperson, when appointed. Recruitment of Chairperson: Applicants for the position of Chairperson will need to demonstrate their significant leadership skills and competencies against the role description, personal specification and collective skills and attributes. All candidates for this important position will be expected to have: Experience of working within a Board/ Committee structure Understanding of multi agency and partnership working Ability to ensure effective governance within a Board/Committee environment A letter of application should be submitted by the closing date. The Chairperson will be appointed by the Chief Executive supported by a small cross-sector (multi-agency) panel following interview. Closing Date for all positions is 22nd September 2006. Additional information on Active Devon is available on: www.edwebs.co.uk/cspvision Board Member Sector and Collective Skills Requirements Sector Representation Adult and Community services Business, Enterprise and Economic Development Environment Governing Bodies of Sport Health – strategic level Higher/ Further Education Local Authority – leisure services Local Authority – strategic/ corporate level Tourism Voluntary/ Community sector Young People services – physical activity/ sport Young People services – strategic level Collective Skills and Attributes for Board Strategic planning and management Leadership Inter-personal and motivation skills Equality and diversity Communication/ Networking Negotiation/ Mediation Diplomacy Cross agenda working Decision making Creativity and innovation Marketing/ PR/Communications Research Finance planning and management Business planning Performance management Fund raising and inward investment Advocacy Chairperson of the Board - Role Description Title Board Chairperson of the Active Devon County Physical Activity and Sports Partnership Eligibility The Chairperson of the Board should work and/or reside in the geographical county of Devon Remuneration This is a non-salaried position. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed Location Partnership meetings may be held throughout the County Term Two years initially. Future terms dependant on governance arrangements to be agreed Time Commitment Induction training c. Four Board meetings annually c. Two Partnership events annually Chair or represent the Partnership on working groups/conferences/events Regular contact with the Board Members, Partners, Chief Executive and core staff of the Partnership Purpose Provide strategic leadership and be a visible role model/public face of the Partnership Help make the board a high performing team Help ensure the Partnership is ‘fit for purpose’ Extend the network, influence and resources of the Partnership Lead and support the Board members, Chief Executive and Partnership staff in developing the Partnership and establishing governance arrangements. Role of the Chairperson Lead advocate for physical activity and sport in Devon Champion for Active Devon across all partnership networks Promote the vision for Active Devon Provide inspirational leadership to the Board and all partner agencies Contribute to board performance and management through effective chairmanship Ensure effective governance of the Board Ensure the Board sets strategic goals within the business plan and that effective monitoring is in place to evaluate progress in achieving those goals Support the planning, development and implementation of partnership work in accordance with the vision, aims and objectives of Active Devon Ensure that the Board monitors and reviews strategic and business aspect of Active Devon Ensure that Active Devon is ‘fit for purpose’ Ensure the media and all partners are kept updated on key developments within Active Devon Support and respect the roles of the Chief Executive and staff of Active Devon Other duties: In addition the Chairperson of the Board will be expected to use specialist skills, knowledge and experience in ways to advance and support the work of the Board and the Active Devon Partnership. Board Member - Role Description Title Board member of the Active Devon County Physical Activity and Sports Partnership Eligibility Board Members should work and/or reside in the geographical county of Devon Remuneration These are non-salaried positions. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed Location Partnership meetings may be held throughout the County Term To be reviewed after two years Time Commitment Induction training c. Four Board meetings annually c. Two Partnership events annually Chair or represent the Partnership on working groups/conferences/events Purpose of the Board Provide strategic leadership and be a visible role model for the Partnership Help make the board a high performing team Help ensure the Partnership is ‘fit for purpose’ Extend the network, influence and resources of the Partnership Champion a discrete portfolio, thematic area or aspect of the business plan Support the Chairperson, Chief Executive and Partnership staff. Role of the Board Advocate for physical activity and sport in Devon Champion for Active Devon within their own sector and its networks Promote the vision for Active Devon Provide a two way network of communication between partners within their own sector its associated networks and Active Devon Contribute to effective board performance and management Set strategic goals within the business plan and ensure that effective monitoring is in place to evaluate progress in achieving those goals Support the planning, development and implementation of partnership work in accordance with the vision aims and objectives of Active Devon Ensure that Active Devon is fit for purpose Ensure all aspects of Active Devon are fully and effectively monitored and evaluated Ensure all partners are kept updated on the developments within Active Devon Support and respect the roles of the Chief Executive and staff of Active Devon Other duties: In addition Board Members will be expected to use their specialised skills, knowledge and experience in other ways to support the work of the Board and the Active Devon Partnership. Chairperson to the Board and Board Members - Person Specification Experience Strategic vision, planning and management Involvement in physical activity formal or otherwise Leadership Communication and networking Negotiation and mediation Cross agenda working Decision making Equalities and diversity High level experience in one or more of the following areas: Adult and community services Business, enterprise and economic development Environment Governing bodies of sport Health - strategic Higher education/Further education Local Authority - leisure services Local Authority – strategic/corporate Tourism Voluntary/Community sector Young people services – physical activity/sport Young people services - strategic Knowledge and Skills Commitment and broad understanding of the benefits of physical activity and sport Understanding of partnership working Ability to build and sustain constructive relationships Ability to motivate and inspire Creative and innovative Skilled communicator and negotiator Ability and willingness to act as an advocate for physical activity Understanding and commitment to equalities High level expertise in one or more of the following areas: Strategic planning and management Marketing/PR/Communications Research Financial planning and management Business planning Performance management Fund raising and Inward investment Networking and Advocacy Negotiation and Mediation Personal Qualities Commitment to the vision and objectives of Active Devon Selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership Diplomacy and discretion Team Working Willingness to devote necessary time and effort NB It is likely that candidates for the position of Chairperson will already have proven successful experience of leading a complex organisation, business or partnership and with it the influence, gravitas and stature to make a substantial contribution to the Active Devon Board.