PROFILE OF THE ASSOCIATION
The establishment of Tomorrows Schools in 1989 reinforced the need for a senior manager to take day-to-day responsibility for the finances, property and human resources within schools.
Introduction of the Executive Officer’s position
Many schools appointed qualified professionals to form part of the management structure and to look after non-curriculum areas. Executive Officers are involved in a number of different facets of school management including:
- The financial management of schools including the preparation of budgets, annual reports, financial advice, investments and liaison with auditors
- Management of buildings and equipment.
- Asset procurement
- Oversight of property matters including involvement with development plans and 10 year maintenance plans
- Management of human resources including payroll, recruitment, contract interpretation, appraisals and team building
- Development of Information Technology and its ongoing integration into schools
- Advice on legal, health and safety and insurance
- Hostel operations including catering, maintenance and personnel
- Working with Boards of Trustees and assistance with strategic planning and subsequent implementation.
Formation of the association
As time progressed, the need for a unifying body to provide support, networking and guidance became apparent and in 1993, the national association was formed. The aims and objectives of the organisation are to:
- Promote the development of Executive Officer’s skills, qualifications and leadership
- Improve opportunities for the professional and personal development of Executive Officers
- Promote continuous improvement and development of school administration
- Uphold the value of professional management in school administration
- Ensure that the collective views and opinions of Executive Officers are canvassed and heard nationally on matters of professional significance
- Publish and circulate bulletins and newsletters presenting the ideas and opinions of members and others on professional matters
- Conduct and initiate such research and studies as may assist in attaining any of these aims and objectives
- Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among Executive Officers and other interested persons
- Encourage co-operation and fellowship among Executive Officers
- Provide professional support and advice to members
- Seek representation on relevant education sector committees.
- Collaborate with other organisations having similar aims and objectives
- Foster liaison and support between regions of the association
- Promote a sense of common cause amongst all school administrative and support staff.
- Produce a newsletter to publish articles that help in many of these areas, and goes regularly to all members.
Position of the Executive Officer today
Today, Executive Officers provide a vital link in the smooth and business-like management of schools.
Professional development is a key aspect of this. The Association organises the annual conference and has funding dedicated to professional development for regional branches.
Strategic planning encompasses all aspects of the Executive Officer’s work. Alliances have been formed with other key educational sector groups and as well as suppliers and contractors.
Current development is focused on raising awareness of the Executive Officer’s role in schools and the contribution that they make.