Administration / Corporate Support
Diary Manager – National Security Division – 72075
£23,637 – £29,046 + London weighting allowance of £4,006
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The successful applicant will be based at the Ministry of Justice in St James Park, London, but may be required to visit other offices occasionally if required. This is an office based role with a smarter working policy in place which allows some working from home, this will be based on the need of the business.
About the job
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Diary Manager within the Probation Service, National Security Division. The division comprises of 6 operational units across England and Wales and this role will provide the Director with secretarial and administrative support. This will include secretariat duties for a number of governance board meetings and Management meetings.
The National Security Division (NSD) is a small national division comprising of different work strands including Counter Terrorism and Critical Public Protection teams whose roles are to provide direct offender management to highly sensitive cases throughout the country. This work is done in close association with other Government Agencies and partnerships. The Diary Manager will provide secretarial and administrative support to the to the Director and support the Divisional Business Manager by acting as the primary point of contact and assisting in the management of the day to day running of the division or function through the key tasks of diary coordination, compilation of correspondence and documents and the organisations of meetings and other engagements.
This is a busy post in a high-profile area where the successful applicant will be expected to work well under pressure and be a self-starter who will take the initiative. The job holder must be flexible, proactive and demonstrate personal integrity. Minute taking and meeting organisation is a key part of this role.
Overview of the job
This is an administrative role in NPS Divisional headquarters, clusters and functions and reports to the NPS Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function as appropriate
The role is to provide secretarial and administrative support to the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function by acting as the primary point of contact and assisting in the management of the day to day running of the division, function or cluster through the key tasks of diary coordination, compilation of correspondence and documents and the organisations of meetings and other engagements.
The job holder will have no line manager responsibilities
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
Manage Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function’s Diary
- Supporting the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function in meeting business requirements by supporting them to resolve conflicting demands in planning schedules
- Efficient maintenance of the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function’s diary ensuring that time management is optimised
- Acting as the first point of contact for the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function, using initiative and responding to and/or directing queries to the relevant parties
- Acting as a screening point for the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function’s telephone calls, general correspondence and e-mails, highlighting priority work and responding to queries using an understanding of Probation service delivery and the partnership map
- Providing a full range of secretarial and administrative support and assistance to the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function, producing a range of material from correspondence to complex confidential reports
- Developing and maintaining comprehensive and up-to-date electronic and manual filing systems which support the operational delivery of Probation services and are effective in storing and retrieving key data
- Support planning and finalising of agendas for meetings, overseeing co- ordination and distribution of paperwork
- Taking minutes at senior management meetings and distributing to relevant parties
- Liaising directly with internal and external colleagues and partners to deal with enquiries and to co-ordinate appointments and engagements
- Keeping up to date with changes in key external partnerships which relate to Probation service delivery
- Contributing towards the organisation and coordination of large scale divisional events
- Coordination and collation of meetings for internal and external attendees, booking rooms, arranging refreshments, preparing material, greeting visitors etc
- Dealing with highly sensitive issues, acting with diplomacy and maintaining strict confidentiality at all times
- Arranging business travel and accommodation for the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function.
Use communication effectively
- Providing information, feedback and advice
- Influencing and persuading
- Participate in meetings where appropriate
- Using appropriate skills, styles and approaches
Enhance your own performance
- Manage own resources and professional development
Use information to take critical decisions
- Liaise with staff to receive, collate and analyse information, using systems and compiling reports as necessary
- Develop and utilise data to identify trends and take appropriate action to maintain and enhance performance
- Plan, implement and manage systems for the exchange of sensitive information, data and intelligence
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alternations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
- Making Effective Decisions
- Changing and Improving
- Experience of managing diary of a senior executive
- Experience of providing a wide range of management support activities
NVQ Level 2 or equivalent in a relevant subject (or appropriate practical experience) IT Skills: Microsoft: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances
£23,637 - £29,046 (plus a London Weighting Allowance of £4,006)
There will be a requirement for staff within the National Security Division to apply for NSV vetting CTC clearance.
Working Arrangements & Further Information
The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.
For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.
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.
Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service, plus public holidays. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis
The National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF). Please visit www.gmpf.org.uk for further information.
Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
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.
All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post
- 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 moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
Working for the Civil Service
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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
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- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
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You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.
We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.