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Communications / Marketing

Law Commission: Diversity Inclusion Coordinator and Communication Assistant – 42865
£26,411 - £30,324
Westminster

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We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

Overview

The Law Commission is the statutory body set up under the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. It operates as an independent non-departmental body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.

The Commission’s aims are:

  • To ensure that the law is as fair, modern, simple and as cost-effective as possible
  • To conduct research and consultations in order to make recommendations for reform for consideration by Parliament
  • To codify the law, eliminate anomalies, repeal obsolete and unnecessary enactments and reduce the number of separate statutes

From driverless cars to surrogacy laws, we look at areas that are causing problems for people or businesses and make recommendations for reform where needed. Over the past half century, more than two-thirds of our recommendations have been implemented in whole or in part.

We are seeking a new Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator and Communication Assistant to take the lead on coordinating the Commission’s Diversity and Inclusion Programme whilst supporting work across all areas of the Modern Communications Operating Model.

This is great opportunity to gain experience across the communications disciplines and project managing the diversity and inclusion programme, helping to ensure we support the next generation of lawyers, whatever their background.

 

Job Description:

The post holder will report to the Head of Communications and will play a key role in promoting and raising awareness of diversity and inclusion within the Law Commission and with external organisations seeking to promote greater diversity within the law. They will work on the development of communications output that helps the Commission meet its corporate objectives and ensure that the public are engaging with our law reform projects.

The role offers the opportunity to work on the diversity and inclusion project and gain experience across all communications disciplines including strategic communications, media relations, internal communications, external affairs and digital marketing.

The role would be ideal for someone looking to use their skills and experience to make an impact and build their experience and skill set by being involved in critical work.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Helping to develop the Commission’s strategic engagement function to target and inform interested groups of our work and support our open public consultations.
  • Oversee formal diversity and inclusion schemes already in operation at the Commission and ensure that systems are in place to monitor success.
  • Working closely with the Law Commission’s diversity and inclusion champion and Head of Communications to create regular communication on the latest diversity and inclusion developments and activities.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with diversity groups across Whitehall and within legal networks to help promote diversity and raise awareness.
  • Collaborating with HR lead to help ensure recruitment is up to date with latest good practice guidance on diversity and inclusion.
  • Supporting the Chief Executive, Head of Corporate Services and Head of Communications in communicating change programmes.
  • Producing social media content and developing digital assets to drive engagement and increase followers
  • Responding to media queries and drafting quotes for the Commissioners
  • Drafting content for the intranet including news stories and blogs and maintaining guidance for staff
  • Maintaining the website, ensuring the information is clear, easy to understand and easy to find
  • Maintaining forward look and coming up with ways to secure coverage of our projects outside of key media moments
  • Supporting project teams with the production of documents including consultation papers and reports.
  • Working on international outreach as part of our communications, engaging with law reform and governing bodies with an interest in law reform around the globe. The aim for this work is to build relations with these bodies, share experiences and lessons and build the Law Commission’s global reputation as a world class law reform body.

The person:

Essential criteria

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and proactively under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build confidence and trust both internally and externally.
  • Ability to engage with, enthuse and inspire a diverse range of stakeholders and organisations
  • Ability to use initiative and work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritise workload with minimal supervision.

Desirable criteria

  • Awareness and interest in diversity and inclusion
  • Experience of working in a communications discipline, either in the Civil Service or private sector. 

Behaviours:

  • Communicating and influencing
  • Delivering at pace
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Working together

If we receive a higher volume of applications than expected, we will use Communicating and Influencing as a lead behaviour. Any applications that meet the benchmark for this behaviour will then progress to a full sift. 

Experience

You will be asked to provide your employment history.

Additional 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.

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.

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 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 Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2-    To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

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.  a