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Secretarial

Strategy & Innovation Directorate – Governance & Secretariat Officer – 67531
£35,405 – £39,000
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 Strategy & Innovation Directorate is recruiting permanently for a Band C Governance and Secretariat Officer. This campaign is being run externally and is open to all who consider themselves suitable for the roles and meet the eligibility criteria in the wider advert within Civil Service Jobs. 

Location:

The successful candidate will be based at 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ 

Ways of Working

At the MoJ we believe and promote alternative ways of working, this role is available as:

  • Full-time, part-time or the option to job share
  • Flexible working patterns
  • Flexible working arrangements between base locations, MoJ Hubs and home. 

Our staff, who have an HQ building as their base location, are expected to work in an office at least 2 days per week. 

If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition. 

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 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

MoJ is one of the largest government departments, employing around 70,000 people (including those in the Probation Service), with a budget of approximately £9 billion. Each year, millions of people use our services across the UK – including at 500 courts and tribunals, and 133 prisons in England and Wales.

Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice 

The Work of Board Secretariat

The Board Secretariat Team helps set the direction of the MoJ Board and its Committees to ensure that the Department is run effectively, manages risk, and delivers its key objectives. The team is part of the wider Strategy and Innovation Directorate which helps set the strategic direction of the department and works on some of the department’s biggest policy priorities.  This a great opportunity to join a team that has the unique position of oversight of the key decisions and discussions taking place at the highest level in the department.

The Chairs of the Boards and Committees place great reliance on Secretariat to organise meetings and provide accurate minutes and ensure that they operate withing their Terms of Reference. You will be collaborating with a lot of people including Ministerial and Senior Official offices to ensure effective delivery of corporate governance. 

The Board Secretariat are responsible for supporting the work of:

  • Departmental Board
  • Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
  • Delivery Board
  • Executive Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Portfolio Committee
  • Finance, Performance & Risk Committee
  • People Business Committee 

The Board Secretariat Team also manages the relationship with the department’s Non- Executive Directors. 

Governance & Secretariat Officer – the role 

As Governance & Secretariat Officer, you will have a pivotal role in the successful administration and smooth running of the Department’s high-level Board and Committees where key decisions and discussions take place.

You will work to a Governance & Secretariat Manager and be an integral member of the team, contributing to the development of processes supporting our governance to ensure these remain effective and efficient. 

The role offers the opportunity to gain insight into broad areas of policy and operations and gives exposure to senior colleagues on the Executive Team, Ministers and Non-Executive Directors.  Through your day to day work, you will promote good governance across the department and gain invaluable experience at the heart of the decision-making process. 

Key responsibilities 

  • Manage, administer and provide high quality support to various Boards and Committees including practical arrangements for meetings, maintain a forward plan of agenda items, liaising with the Chair to prepare agendas and briefs.
  • Drafting accurate and concise minutes within agreed timeframes.
  • Actions from meetings will be correctly recorded and followed up to ensure that issues raised are appropriately tracked and concluded.
  • Working with and supporting the Governance and Secretariat Managers to deliver effective and efficient governance to the department, escalating issues as necessary.
  • Working collaboratively with team colleagues to ensure that the Team continues to deliver a high standard of service.
  • Working with colleagues across the department to ensure issues are brought to the Committees at the right time to support effective decision making at the necessary level.
  • Regularly reviewing and applying good governance best practice as highlighted by the Cabinet office and HM Treasury. 

Skills and Experience 

Essential:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesise information to support advice to Chairs.
  • Excellent attention to detail and high levels of accuracy in relation to Agendas and minutes.
  • Proactive approach, with excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to assess and make sound recommendations.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a wide variety of people, including stakeholders and senior officials.
  • Tact and discretion, with experience of handling confidential and sensitive data.
  • Ability to work methodically and on own initiative independently or with team members to meet deadlines.

Desirable:

  • Previous experience of successfully managing and supporting Boards/ Committees

Application process

You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework

Experience

You will be asked to provide your work history during the application process in order to assess any demonstrable experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the role. 

Should we receive a large number of applications, we will sift primarily on the lead behaviour of Managing a Quality Service. Successful applicants will then be invited to an interview, testing both behaviours and strengths. 

Ability Test details:

Candidates meeting the sift standard will be invited to a short minute writing test. If the requisite standard is achieved, candidates will be invited to interview. 

Candidates invited to Interview

During the interview, we will be assessing you on Behaviours and Strengths from the success Profiles framework. 

Behaviours 

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivery at Pace 

Please refer to the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf 

Interviews are expected to take place mid/late December 2022/ January 2023 and will be carried out via MS Teams. 

Candidates applying from HMPPS should note that the Ministry of Justice does not have the same conditions of employment as HMPPS. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful. 

The MoJ is proud to be Level 3 Disability Confident. Disability Confident is the approach through which we offer guaranteed interviews for all people with disabilities meeting the minimum criteria for the advertised role as set out in the job description. 

Contact information  

Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about the role or what it is like working in the Board Secretariat team. Contact Saima Ansari, Head of Board Secretariat on Saima.Ansari@justice.gov.uk or 07855083339

Salary

£35,405 - £39,000

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 GOV.UK or 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.