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HR Officer

Ark Evelyn Grace AcademyLambeth

Reports to: Vice Principal- Business and Community and HR Manager

Start date: ASAP

Contract:       Permanent, part-time (4 days a week)

Salary:             Grade 7 (£22,006-£26,304 FTE) (salary will be pro-rated based on working hours/days)

Hours:     08:00am to 17:00pm

The Role

As an integral member of the Operations team, the post holder will take responsibility for providing day to day confidential and professional HR Administration service within the academy, undertaking duties across a range of HR activities including recruitment and selection, data management, processing pension and payroll, processing DBS checks, reporting, compliance and general HR administration. 

With excellent written and verbal communication skills, our ideal candidate will be comfortable working with colleagues and partners at all levels, exercising tact, diplomacy and confidentiality where appropriate.

To fulfil the requirements of the Academy, students, and the wider community, suitable applicants must be flexible, adaptable, can and does work with a ‘can-do’ attitude, and solution focused.

As part of the wider contribution to the Ark network, the successful candidate may be expected to assist other Ark schools in sharing best practises and collaborating with other HR professionals.

Key Responsibilities

• Ensure that all staffing and recruitment appointments have been confirmed and signed off by the Principal in accordance with the staffing budget

• Co-ordinate the recruitment processes across the academy, including writing and posting ads, scheduling, and booking interviews, liaising with candidates and producing recruitment panel packs

• Attend interviews as required and to provide feedback to all candidates after interview, whether successful or not 

• Process staff appointment documentation for successful candidates, including offer letters, contracts of employment and all pre-employment checks, including DBS and reference checks in accordance with safer recruitment procedures

• Liaise with agencies and book staff as needed once confirmed with the Principal

• Provide HR reports to the Principal on new starters and leavers and ensure that salary statements are sent to all employees

• Coordinate and oversee the staff induction process and ensure that it is effectively managed and to provide a HR induction

• Provide generalist first line HR advice to line managers to ensure compliance with employment legislation as well as a positive employee relations climate, referring to Ark HR as necessary 

• Provide day-to-day support and advice to employees in all HR matters referring to Ark HR as necessary 

• Support with the coordination of employee relations casework in conjunction with Ark HR colleagues e.g. note taking at grievance and disciplinary meetings, arranging absence and capability meetings etc.

• Assist in the review and development of local HR procedures in line with Ark central HR policies 

• Assist senior management with employee welfare initiatives

• Maintain an accurate and up-to-date Single Central Register (SCR) (this is a requirement of Ofsted) 

• Co-ordinate the academy’s School Workforce Census annual return 

• Keep and maintain all academy and Central HR policies, both electronic and printed, ensuring that all current HR related policies and procedures are available 

• Monitor and manage sickness absence and keep accurate records and documentation 

• Support line managers through the performance management process as required 

• Provide advice on training and development and arrange relevant training 

• Deliver training to managers and new starters when required

• Ensure that training needs identified in the appraisal process are carried out and recorded 

• Develop and maintain a staff training record of statutory training, e.g., fire safety, first aid etc. 

• Administer absence reporting and recording processes, ensuring that all absence is reported, recorded and followed up on with the relevant line manager in accordance with the appropriate policies and procedures 

• Co-ordinate the performance management process, ensuring that line managers complete performance management meetings and paperwork on time 

• Take responsibility for ensuring that the probation process is managed effectively 

• Be the Data Protection Lead to ensure compliance with GDPR and Data Protection

• Maintain an accurate and up-to-date paper and electronic filing system for personnel records 

• Complete a wide range of HR related paperwork 

• Process staff changes and staff leaving documentation and arrange exit interviews 

• Produce a range of HR letters and correspondence (e.g. variation to contract letters, maternity and holiday entitlement) 

• Take accurate minutes at formal meetings (e.g. discipline, grievance, capability) 

• Monitor the use of fixed term contracts and ensure that issues are followed up appropriately

• Ensure Inventory system is up to date with staff details and working patterns and relevant reports generated in order to monitor staff punctuality and attendance 

• Offer Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) as and when required to staff members

• Process monthly payroll

• Prepare monthly spreadsheets with any changes to pay, inform of new starters and leavers to submit to the external payroll provider 

• Process Teacher’s Pensions and keep accurate records 

• Manage the HR Information System to ensure that electronic employee records are accurate and up to date. 


• Assist with the development and implementation of new HR systems and processes 

• Support the HR Manager in other tasks related to HR administration 

• Deliver relevant workshops and training to support staff members as required 

• Work in collaboration with the Ark HR team as appropriate

• Cover for absent colleagues and undertake other duties commensurate with the grade 


• Carry out other reasonable tasks as directed by the Principal, VP and HR Manager

• To work collaboratively as a member of the Operations team

• To carry out first aid duties, if required 

• To undertake fire marshal duties 

• To undertake exam invigilation duties 

• To undertake lunch till duties

• To undertake morning and afternoon playground duties

• To be willing to undertake appropriate training in line with contractual duties 

• To be flexible in regard to working hours 

• Attend and support out of hours’ academy events e.g. summer fair, parents’ evenings

• This job description is subject to change with the agreement of the post holder

Person Specification: HR Officer

Qualification Criteria

• Right to work in UK

• Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above

• Educated to Degree level 


• HR qualification (Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP) (CIPD)or other relevant HR qualification) 


• Experience of working in HR at Officer/Advisor level 

• Experience of working in a similar role in a school environment 

• Experience of using an HR Database 

• Experience of taking minutes for meetings

• Experience of processing Pensions and Payroll 

• Experience of maintaining a Single Central Record 

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