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Judicial Support Officer – Governance, Strategy and Change Team, Judicial College – 57795
£28,313 – £30,324
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 Judicial College Strategy, Governance and Change team are looking for a proactive and dynamic individual to join them as their new Judicial Support Officer.

Our judiciary is internationally renowned and judicial education plays a vital role in securing its status as a world leader. Judicial training works to uphold the Rule of Law and support the administration of justice through a range of training for new and existing judges. It also makes an important contribution to enhancing public confidence in the justice system. 

The Judicial College fulfils statutory judicial training responsibilities on behalf of the Lord Chief Justice, Senior President of Tribunals and Chief Coroner. In doing so, we deliver training for courts and tribunals judges, tribunal members, coroners and coroners’ officers, magistrates and legal advisers (collectively referred to as Judicial Office Holders). The College’s overriding objective is to provide training, resources and publications of the highest standard, thereby strengthening judicial office holders’ capacity to discharge their functions effectively.

The team plays a key role in supporting and monitoring the implementation of the objectives and aims outlined in the Judicial College Strategy 2021-2025, which was published last year and can be viewed here. 

The Strategy, Governance and Change team sits as a centralised function supporting the senior leadership of the College (Executive Director and Directors of Training) with a focus on strategy implementation, governance, business support and change processes required to deliver the objectives of the College. 

The role holder will work closely with the Directors of Training, to provide valuable assistance in their oversight of judicial training activities. This will include proactively monitoring trainer appointment terms in office to advise and support the Directors of Training in their decision making on trainer recruitment. The successful candidate will be our expert on judicial records management and appointment enquiries for the team.

The Judicial Support Officer will be responsible for the end to end practical arrangements required for judicial trainer recruitment campaigns, including the drafting of relevant correspondence on behalf of the Directors of Training. They will assist with the induction process for new trainers, ensure that the relevant systems are updated and build reliable networks with key stakeholders across England and Wales to support the work of the College.

In addition, this role will support wider team activity, including committee secretariat, official enquiries, briefing and report writing. The person will also have the opportunity to be involved in policy development on a range of issues related to judicial training and have a role in keeping the Judicial College website updated.

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing the end-to-end process for recruiting and appointing judicial trainers.
  • Drafting letters on behalf of the judicial Directors of Training, as well as to official enquiries and correspondence.
  • Maintaining appointment records and communicating updates.
  • Developing relationships with judicial regional secretariats in England and Wales to update training team records and share information.
  • Keeping our website up to date.
  • Working alongside HEO Support Managers in their timely preparation of briefings.
  • Providing support in the collation of contributions for meeting papers.
  • Keeping the Directors of Training updated on all areas of College business.
  • Assisting College committee secretariats in the preparation of/and follow up actions of committee meetings.
  • Supporting the development and review of College policies.

Essential skills

  • Good communication skills, both verbal and in writing.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Proactive prioritising, planning and organising skills to deliver work to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders and work as part of a team.

The Strategy, Governance and Change team is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and opportunities to support the success of each member of the team.

The successful applicant will be required to work in a flexible way to undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management, which are commensurate with their grade and level of responsibility. 

The Civil Service Success Profiles and will used to assess relevant Behaviours, Strengths and Abilities for the role. Ability will be assessed at interview stage through the completion of a short drafting exercise on the day.

Candidates will be assessed against the following behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

If a high volume of applications is received the lead behavior ‘Communicating and Influencing’ will be used for the application sift stage. Other behaviors will be assessed within the application form and interview process.

Feedback can be provided upon request, to those candidates who attend an interview.

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, noncontractual 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. The College is committed to the learning and development of all team members and provides opportunities to take on stretching new tasks and ways of encouraging personal growth.

Salary

£28,313 - £30,324

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.