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Administration / Corporate Support

Equality Manager- NPS Greater Manchester – 38220
£36,084 - £41,020
Multiple Locations

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Overview of the job

The Probation Equality Team will be responsible for implementing the NPS strategy at divisional level. The Equality Manager will support the Deputy Divisional Director and Probation Head of Equality to plan, develop, implement and review the Divisional equality remit in order to ensure that it conforms to NPS equality strategy. The Equality Manager will adapt the national strategy to respond to the equality challenges/opportunities within the division; ensure equality legislation compliance; and deliver positive outcomes for staff and service users. 

Summary

The Equality Manager will interface with Head of Probation Equality & Senior Probation Equality Managers at HMPPS; in order to deliver the NPS Equality Strategy at Divisional level. The Head of Probation equality will provide a national strategic lead and the two national Senior Equality Managers will engage directly with Divisional Equality Managers to advise and be advised on the local picture.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

Contribute to developing and executing Probation Equality strategy

  • Prepare a comprehensive annual equality report specific to the Division that includes equality objectives to inform the divisional business plan. To monitor and improve the inputting of equality data to shape the report and form Divisional equality objectives
  • The post holder will be expected to have detailed knowledge and experience within the Probation Service and a sound grasp of the post reform structures. S/he will understand equality in the context of leadership, corporate services, offender management and interventions
  • Lead on the development of a Divisional action plan that conforms to the NPS Equality Strategy and contributes to meeting key performance targets and legislative requirements

Drive the creation of an inclusive ethos that:

  • a) lays the ground for responsive and effective engagement with a diversity of service users, and
  • b) creates a safe and empowering workplace culture in which staff, with all protected characteristics, are able to thrive and progress
  • Advise HR on equality and diversity matters in respect of employment, including monitoring of Employment Tribunal decisions, and participate in consultation and negotiations with trade unions
  • Monitor emerging legislation and Employment Tribunal decisions, in order to anticipate and mitigate business and equality compliance risk. Inform and be advised by the corporate Probation equality provision at HMPPS as appropriate

Manage Diversity and Quality 

  • Contribute to a culture and systems that promote equality and value diversity 
  • Adhere to the diversity policies of the service and collaborate with the appropriate stakeholders

Develop Team and Partnership Working

  • Form a strategic alliance with the Staff Associations, working with and through them within the Division in order to progress inclusive service delivery and staff equality. 
  • Develop productive working relationships with colleagues, suppliers and stakeholders
  • Contribute to proposals to meet external tendering requirements
  • Contribute to external contracts and agreements
  • Build own and team’s understanding of organisational markets and customers

Plan and organise      

  • Support development of programme formation and implementation   
  • Plan, implement and manage the sharing of knowledge and good practice to inform innovation and improve service delivery across the organisation

Determine the effective use of resources        

  • Create budgets and unit costs for programmes of work   
  • Identify areas for efficiency improvements    
  • Advise on financial and resourcing issues to inform objectives and forward planning

Use communication effectively            

  • Providing information, feedback and advice  
  • Influencing and persuading   
  • Using appropriate skills, styles and approaches

Enhance 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

Manage Quality          

  • Contribute to continuous quality improvement    
  • Monitor external markets, practice, trends and development to ensure best practice internally   
  • Manage compliance with quality systems

Manage Projects       

  • Ensure an effective approach to project and process evaluation          
  • Maintain effective communication with project stakeholders

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.

Behaviours

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Bigger Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others

Essential Experience

  • Demonstrate experience in considering equality in the specific context of Probation policy, procedure and practice
  • Demonstrate experience providing a wide range of business support services
  • Operational experience of working in a Probation setting

Technical requirements

  • NVQ Level 4 or equivalent in a relevant subject (or appropriate practical experience).
  • Microsoft: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint (or equivalent i.e. Lotus Notes).

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after ten 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.

Pension

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.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Support

  • 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.

Networks

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.

Eligibility

All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

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.

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.