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Business Management & Improvement

Senior Diversity and Inclusion Manager – 39089
£42,626 - £55,302
National

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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 of the job  

The Senior Diversity and Inclusion Manager will work collaboratively with a team of staff within the central Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) team, who are responsible for the development and delivery of a programme of work to ensure the staff in our organisation and those in our care are all entitled to fair and equal treatment.

The job holder will report to the Head of HQ Diversity and Inclusion. They will have line management responsibility of 2 band 7 staff. The non-operational post will be HQ based.

They will be accountable for a range of diversity specific matters such as equality performance and disproportionality and will assess progress of many initiatives designed to address discrimination and ensure compliance with the Public-Sector Equality Duty (PSED) of April 2011 created under the Equality Act 2010, as it applies to HMPPS.  

The post holder must have a good understanding of the complex needs of staff and service users from all nine protected characteristics (age, sex, disability, race, sexual orientation/gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief and marriage and civil partnership) and appreciate the sensitive nature of the subject matters dealt with.  

Summary

The post holder will provide management oversight and direction to the Head of HQ Diversity and Inclusion, within the Diversity and Inclusion Team. They will provide support in ensuring all non-operational directorates within HMPPS embed the strategic priorities within the HMPPS Equalities Strategy.

They will be accountable for a range of diversity and inclusion specific matters such as equality performance, disproportionality as it occurs for staff and service users, to prisons and HQ Groups. 

They will need to work effectively with both internal and external stakeholders, to ensure constructive engagement in the development of interventions and policies to identify and address unfairness in the treatment of staff and service users and support the embedding of a culture in which diversity and inclusion remains core to the values of the organisation.

They will also provide expert advice to policy leads, OD Managers, HRBPs, HQ D&I SPOCs, senior leads in non-operational directorates to help embed diversity and inclusion in policy development and operational delivery.

The post holder will provide briefing and responses to PQs and official correspondence. They will ensure that senior HMPPS staff understand and can evidence their duty to ‘pay due regard to equality’.

They will have the responsibility for leading conversations with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller stakeholder group and owning delivery of the GRT Lammy action plan. They will also oversee the implementation of diversity and inclusion grant funded projects.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

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

  • Lead for HMPPS on the provision of expert advice to Directors, Head of Groups, and Ministers in relation to diversity and inclusion.
  • Provide submissions, advice, briefing, responses to Parliamentary Questions, Ministers Cases and FOI requests relating to HMPPS policy on equalities issues.
  • Be accountable for identification of any unfairness or disproportionality through the monitoring of management information in diversity and inclusion data.
  • Work with internal stakeholders including HQ SPOCs to identify areas where interventions and guidance are needed to ensure fair and equal treatment for staff and service users.
  • Lead a programme of work to provide interventions and solutions to disproportionate outcomes for particular groups of staff and service users.
  • Ensure effective engagement with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Team is understood and aligned to current thinking in the field and that key stakeholders are involved in the development of diversity and inclusion tools and guidance on policy.
  • Provide advice to policy leads, OD Managers and HRBPs to help policy development and operational delivery of staff Equality at a strategic level.
  • Represent Head of Diversity and Inclusion as appropriate.
  • Carry out line management responsibilities of 2 band 7 staff in accordance with HMPPS policies and procedures paying full attention to the performance management and development of staff on policy.
  • Contribute to the HMPPS HQ flexible policy resource.

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 alterations 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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others

Experience

  • An understanding of the broader national diversity and inclusion agenda in order to provide strategic direction to the work of HMPPS and identify best practice developments in the field and foresee potential areas of concern.
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing a number of projects within a team running concurrently and being responsible for scoping the projects and allocation resources, monitoring progress against agreed milestone and ensuring projects are brought to a successful conclusion.

Ability

  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of equality legislation.
  • Oversight or management of a change programme.
  • Stakeholder engagement experience.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, 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.

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

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.

Benefits

Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment

Pension

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

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers

Training

-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles

Eligibility

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

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist

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.