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Communications / Marketing

Events and Communications Manager – 58000
£41,747 – £47,591
London

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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.

The change programme for courts and tribunals is the most significant set of reforms to the system since the 19th century. Having formally begun in April 2016, it is due to complete in 2023. The vision, developed together with the senior judiciary, is a radical one – to modernise and upgrade our justice system so that it works even better for everyone, from judges and legal professionals, to witnesses, litigants, and the vulnerable victims of crime. This will help consolidate the UK’s position at the forefront of an increasingly competitive international legal market as well as ensuring access to justice for all.

Judicial Office

The Judicial Office is a unique branch of the civil service, with around 200 people dedicated to supporting the judiciary in upholding the rule of law, promoting judicial independence, and administering justice impartially, speedily and efficiently. The Judicial Office reports to the Lord Chief Justice (LCJ) and the Senior President of Tribunals (SPT) and helps them fulfil their responsibilities to the judiciary, in an ever-evolving justice system.

The Judicial Office provides a wide range of operational support, policy, legal and handling advice to judges. This includes the senior judiciary and more than 20,000 judicial office-holders. Across diverse functions, the Judicial Office share a strong sense of common purpose: strengthening the rule of law and improving the administration of justice by supporting the leadership and governance of the independent judiciary.

Reform Communications Workstream, Judicial Office Courts and Tribunals Reform Team

The Judicial Office Courts and Tribunals Reform team’s core purpose is ensuring reform happens with, and not to, the judiciary by operating as a strategic, proactive and forward-looking team. We support the judiciary to guide, shape and manage the effects of reform on the judiciary.

The post sits in the Reform Communications Team, working side-by-side with the Reform Engagement team and supporting the senior judicial leads.  

The Reform Communications workstream is responsible for:

  • Making sure that communications issued from the judiciary to the judiciary on the Reform Programme are appropriate, relevant, and timely, and every judicial communication on the HMCTS Reform Programme is effective and tailored, providing an opportunity for judicial engagement.
  • Quickly developing strong relationships with the senior judges, the Judicial Office Management Board and Judicial Office colleagues. Be a visible and trusted source of independent and professional advice for them and can provide constructive challenge when needed.
  • Working seamlessly as part of the JO Communications Team and with Reform Engagement Team colleagues to deliver a joined-up approach to reform communications.
  • Building and maintaining strong networks with MoJ and HMCTS communications colleagues. Using those networks to increase the value and impact of communications which affect the judiciary by sharing information and learning, inputting judicial perspective, while understanding and respecting the constitutional position and status of the MoJ and HMCTS.
  • Ensuring that the team’s work is underpinned by a keen understanding of the independence of the judiciary and the justice system and their position as the third branch of the State.

Events and Communications Manager

As the events and communications manager your key objectives will include:

  • Leading the planning, coordination and management of reform-specific events (primarily online but including face-to-face visits or events, webinars and demos).
  • Managing Reform updates on the intranet and coordinating with the Judicial Office Corporate Communications team.
  • Supporting the Head of Judicial Reform Communications to plan, trial and assess new communication methods and evaluate the effectiveness of existing methods and channels, using this to support future communications across the entire Communications Team.
  • Managing the end-to-end content development process for Reform communications created for selected jurisdictions. Includes leading on the design, production and distribution of Reform communications for the judiciary.
  • Helping to maintain forward looking grids and planners to contribute to the strategic oversight of reform comms.
  • Commissioning content from HMCTS Projects, Judicial project leads and Reform Engagement colleagues.
  • Liaising with Judicial Office teams, including Private Offices of Leadership Judges, to distribute Reform communications.

Essential criteria

  • Excellent events planning and management skills.
  • Excellent communications experience.
  • Stakeholder engagement and management.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience working with the judiciary or the Civil Service.
  • Understanding of HMCTS Reform Programme.
  • Experience of online event production via Microsoft Teams Events and Streaming.
  • Basic video filming and editing skills.
  • Intranet editorial experience.

Salary

£41,747 - £47,591

Additional Information

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.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

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.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

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

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 employees.

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 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 UKor 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

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

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

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.