Administrative Officer – 42724
£22,677 - £24,312
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Job Title: Administrative Officer
Positions Available: 25
Business Areas: Royal Courts of Justice Group
Number of Hours per Week:37
Working Pattern: Monday to Friday
Salary: £22,677 – £24,312
Good administrative staff with excellent customer service skills are vital to the effective operation of the Courts, Tribunals and other offices within Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Most of the staff within HMCTS are employed in administrative roles. HMCTS embraces Lean principles and continuous improvement techniques to provide high standards of customer service
Administrative Officers are assigned to teams to carry out a variety of general administrative duties to progress cases through the court/tribunal system or provide support to other functions within HMCTS.
Continuous improvement tools and techniques are used in HMCTS and so there will be opportunities to exercise discretion and initiative and continually seek to improve, within a framework of systems and processes.
Problem solving is carried out by reference to lean techniques (e.g. problem-solving hubs) and comprehensive guidelines and instructions – complex or difficult issues are normally referred to or will involve a team leader or supervisor.
In some positions, role holders will have regular contact with court / tribunal users, including members of the Judiciary and the legal profession.
Administrative Officers work within a team with regular management support and are responsible for their own time, although there may be some opportunity to provide advice and carry out limited supervision of others
- Preparing papers and files for court, tribunals, hearings and meetings.
- Producing court/tribunal documents.
- General photocopying and filing.
- Creating and updating records on in-house computer system and data input.
- Post opening and dispatch.
- Booking, preparing and organising meeting rooms, supporting training courses and other group activities.
- Preparing meeting agenda, joining instructions, handouts etc.
- Standard letters and correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, submissions etc, according to guidelines and instructions.
- To maintain accurate and concise notes on the appropriate operating systems following enquiries or case related actions.
- Clerking civil and family courts, tribunals and hearings, ensuring papers and materials are available and up to date
- Assisting court users, supporting listing and rota management, checking files
- Contacting relevant parties, scheduling, serving court documents, executing a range of warrants, collecting fines and fees etc, including the use of chip and pin
- Handling counter (face to face) enquiries, and a broad spectrum of written and telephone enquiries.
- To work as a team to ensure TIB (Team Information Board) meetings are relevant, timely and productive
- To work as a team to problem solve, to assess the impact of new SOPS, to contribute to small projects
- Including standard documentation and information, court orders, claims, fines and fees, legal aid
- Resulting courts accurately, interpreting accurately the information required on a court file
- To work to workload targets in terms of throughput and accuracy
Checking and verifying
- Documents, records, accounts, claims and returns for approval, results, statistics, plans etc. against criteria, regulations or procedures.
- Ensuring compliance and administration documentation meet quality standards.
- Role holders may be required to cross check and validate work completed by colleagues.
Collecting and assembling information
- For returns, results, accounts, statements, warrants, statistical analysis, reports etc.
- Work may require interpretation of source materials, preparation of bundles, chasing.
- Role holders will need to modify and adjust information and make decisions to allow work to be completed.
- Role holders will need to collect and assemble information to prepare for and run the daily TIB meeting, as required
- Produce basic statistical analysis reports and where required, process financial information.
- Checking the work of others, updating records, assessing the value of goods and/or property, reconciling accounts, preparing invoices, information gathering and running straightforward reports.
- Spending limited sums of money on behalf of an office or unit.
- Calculate the anticipated numbers of Jurors to be called and manage the numbers to be as efficient as possible
Communicating with the public, the judiciary, other court and tribunal users and representatives of other agencies and Organisations
- Communicate and work with the Judiciary, Magistracy, the Cluster Managers, Court staff, and other internal and external stakeholders, suppliers and customers to collect information, check facts, communicate or enforce judicial decisions, give advice on the completion of forms or court procedures etc and provide excellent customer service.
- To deliver a helpful, prompt, polite and “right first time” service to our internal and external customers
Essential skills & qualifications
5 GCSE passes (or equivalent) grades A*-C, or NVQ Business Administration level II or Administrative experience.
Relevant computer skills to undertake the level of work required.
How we will assess your application
Applications are invited through: https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi
At application stage you will take an automated online test where a benchmark must be passed to progress.
At interview we will use a blend of behavioural and strength-based questions.
We will assess your application using the following behaviours:
- Managing a Quality Service
- Changing and Improving
- Making Effective Decisions
- Working Together
Security checks required
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is Counter Terrorist Check (CTC).
People working with government assets must complete Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks.
This vacancy is open to applications across the Civil Service and to external applicants.
Operational Delivery in HMCTS
This role is part of the Operational Delivery Profession. Operational delivery professionals are the outward face of government, providing essential services to the public in a variety of roles.
Being part of the operational delivery profession means belonging to a cross-government community of people. This will offer you access to information on professional standards, skills development and qualifications to help you continue to improve your development and performance and expand your career options.
Please download the Candidate Pack for more information.
Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Flexible working hours
The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.
There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
- A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
- Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
- For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order
1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Mojfirstname.lastname@example.org);
2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (email@example.com);
3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Grading Structure Review
The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.
Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.