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Lead for Member Policy & Guidance – 69961
£35,248 – £47,337


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About the Parole Board:

The Parole Board is an independent court-like body that carries out risk assessments on prisoners to determine whether they can be safely released into the community. We do that with great care and public safety is our number one priority.

All Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release. Not all decisions members make are popular, but they make these decisions fairly and objectively.

The Board is made up of about 180 secretariat staff and approximately 340 Members who make decisions on risk and hold hearings remotely and at prisons around the country.

The Parole Board is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. Staff who work for the Parole Board Secretariat are Public Servants and not Civil Servants.

The Parole Board recruits on a national basis and our Head Office is in Canary Wharf, London. Your salary will be determined by your location on the Civil Service pay scales.

You will be required to spend 20% of your time in person contact. This is either at the Head Office, a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) hub office, with Parole Board colleagues, members or MoJ colleagues, or in training. If you are a national candidate, please be aware that if successful, you will be expected to attend the Canary Wharf office at least quarterly for team or staff meetings. Travel for these purposes will be reimbursed for national employees. This role will require some travel outside of these requirements.

About the role:

The Lead for Member Policy and Guidance is part of the Policy Hub. The post will provide strategic direction and leadership to deliver comprehensive and accurate policy and guidance for Parole Board members. You will work with the Head of Policy (Grade 7), another SEO Lead for Member Policy & Guidance, and an SEO Lead for New Policy & Research to:

  • develop and maintain comprehensive and accurate guidance materials

  • deliver and advise on projects that relate to member practice and performance

  • work with other Parole Board functional hubs to advance the organisation’s strategic priorities

  • deliver the development and maintenance of guidance for members accessible on a digital platform

  • facilitate individual and team performance and

The post line manages one HEO role.

This role provides excellent opportunities to:

  • Work collaboratively on a variety of interesting policy and practice areas

  • Manage and/or contribute to discrete projects or other time limited initiatives

  • Work closely with senior stakeholders, judicial, independent and specialist (psychologist/psychiatrist) Parole Board members, and colleagues at all levels

  • Work with external stakeholders, such as Criminal Justice agencies

  • Work in an environment of continuous improvement

  • Manage business critical and high profile

Person specification:

The job holder will need:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with challenging situations and build relationships with key stakeholders

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills

  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to plan ahead and effectively manage a workload with competing priorities

  • The ability to analyse and summarise information in a relevant way for different audiences

  • To have the ability to lead projects

Main Duties:

  • Set the direction for member guidance by scoping, planning and managing its development in response to organisational priorities, business need, legal and policy

  • Contribute to a project to revise and digitalise member guidance to improve its accessibility and increase its

  • Deliver policy and practice advice for members and across the wider organisation. Support the legal and practice queries process, assisting in responses to queries that are complex or

  • Oversee the content, delivery and evaluation of responses to internal and external enquiries on member policy and

  • Work in collaboration with the Lead for Policy and Research to ensure policy development is informed by research and evidence of what

  • Support member engagement and training activities, including assisting in the planning, preparation and delivery of such

  • Facilitate individual and team performance and

  • Undertake projects and lead on delivery of priorities as identified by the Head of

  • Lead and contribute to both internal and external stakeholder engagement

  • Role model leadership, management and professional behaviours in line with the Parole Board’s vision, values and Success Profiles.

  • Contribute to the Business Plan, other Directorate strategies, and appropriate organisational and corporate policies and

  • Attend national and regional meetings and events which may require occasional travel and overnight

  • Other tasks appropriate to the role as assigned from time to time by the Chief Operating Officer or Head of Policy.

  • To undertake these responsibilities in line with current legislation, local and national policies, and the key documents listed

It is essential that you have:

  • Experience in communicating with internal and external audiences

  • Excellent analytical skills to understand complex legislation, research and other technical information

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills

  • Skills in building good working relationships and networks with internal and external contacts

  • Experience of contributing to projects

  • The ability to understand and interpret legislation and policy documents

  • Previous working experience in policy development; in probation; or providing legal

It is desirable that you have:

  • Understanding of the parole process

  • Experience of working in the criminal justice system

  • Experience of developing and advising on policy and practice


We will assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions

  • Communicating and influencing

  • Delivering at pace

  • Working Together


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is Basic Check.

Selection process details:

This vacancy is using Success Profiles and will assess your Behaviours and Strengths.

At the sift stage, you will be assessed against Behaviours and a statement of your suitability for the role and of how you meet the essential criteria. Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using a lead behaviour. This will be the behaviour which is listed first in the job advert.

Interviews will be undertaken remotely. As part of the interview, there will be a thirty-minute written assessment.

Any persons successful in gaining an interview will need to provide photographic ID, and two items which prove address dated within the last 3 months. Failure to do this may result in the successful applicants offer being withdrawn.

If you are part of the Civil Service and are applying for a job in a non-departmental public body (NDPB) (or vice versa) by moving jobs this will involve a change of employer and you may break the statutory rules on continuity of employment.


The national salary range is £35,248 - £43,144, London salary range is £36,805 - £47,337. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

The Parole Board offers a range of benefits:

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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.


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


The Parole Board 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 employees.


  • 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
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.