25582 - Judicial Appontments Commission - Diversity and Engagement Officer

£25,893 - £29,729
12 Months
Full Time
Administration / Corporate Support, Communications / Marketing, Policy

About the JAC

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is an independent public body that selects judges in the courts and tribunals through fair and open competition, independently from the government and judiciary.

The JAC is responsible for designing, planning and running recruitment campaigns to select judicial office holders up to and including the High Court in England and Wales. We have a statutory duty to select solely on merit, while keeping our selection processes open to the widest range of applicants.

More is on our website: www.judicialappointments.gov.uk

The Role

The JAC has a vacancy for a Diversity and Engagement Officer. You will work with colleagues in the Diversity and Engagement (D&E) team to provide administrative support across a wide range of tasks which are key to delivering successful outreach, engagement and evaluation across the JAC. The promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion are organisational priorities at the JAC, and you will play a key role within the team that is responsible for leading this agenda. You will work closely alongside colleagues who are developing diversity policy and once familiar with the role there will be opportunities for you to input into policy projects.

About the Diversity and Engagement team

The Diversity and Engagement team is responsible for:

  • Developing and leading on the JAC’s strategy to widen the pool of candidates for judicial appointment
  • Ensuring the processes for selecting judges are fair and free from bias
  • Leading on JAC’s engagement with internal and external stakeholders and providing internal and external communications

We are looking for someone who is able to work flexibly across projects within the team and within an organisation that delivers an interesting and challenging programme of judicial recruitment. You will need to be organised, proactive and familiar with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. An ability to communicate well – both written and orally - and to work collaboratively with colleagues will also be important.

Reporting to the Senior Engagement and Insight Manager, the main responsibilities of the Diversity and Engagement Officer will include

  • Administrative support to the Judicial Diversity Forum (JDF) and JDF Working Group meetings (room bookings, managing attendee lists, collation of agendas and papers)
  • Supporting outreach activity (coordinating logistics of JAC attendance at outreach events, updating outreach materials for each event, horizon-scanning for outreach opportunities)
  • Maintaining the JAC Stakeholder Engagement log and assisting with other stakeholder engagement activity (updating and maintaining contacts lists, making hosting arrangements for visits from international delegations, supporting the preparation of the JAC monthly newsletter)
  • Lead the administration of the outreach evaluation dashboard (ensure dashboard is used for every selection exercise, ensure teams provide relevant information, cross-check the data provided)
  • Project support for activities the Diversity and Engagement (D&E) team are involved in such as implementing recommendations to improve selection processes, organising a JDF lecture
  • Other administrative tasks as required by the D&E team (arranging and supporting team meetings, supporting involvement in organisation-wide corporate activity)

This role would be a really good opportunity for someone with an interest in diversity and engagement to work within an organisation that delivers complex and sensitive work at pace.

Based at Clive House, Petty France, London, we offer a range of benefits including an attractive annual leave allowance and flexible working. You have a choice of pensions schemes and we actively encourage all staff to undertake learning and development activities as part of their personal objectives.

Expected skills and strengths

The successful applicant will have:

  • Strong organisation and planning skills to provide high quality support and meet tight deadlines
  • Good writing skills
  • The ability to work on your own initiative, without close supervision
  • The ability to work successfully as part of a team

Application process

You will be required to provide:

  1. Your CV
  2. A statement of suitability (of no more than 500 words) explaining what skills and experience you can bring to the role
  3. Written examples of how you demonstrate these 3 behaviours:
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving

Those candidates invited for interview will be asked to undertake a work exercise, which may involve an email task drafting a reply to a colleague or answering questions based on a scenario that reflects a situation that they might encounter in the role. In addition, at the interview you will asked to provide examples on how you meet the following strengths (see application pack for strength descriptions):

  • Organiser
  • Precise
  • Responsible

If after reading this job description and the application pack you would like further information or would like to have an informal conversation about this vacancy, please contact Rachael Gourley, Senior Engagement and Insight Manager at Rachael.Gourley1@judicialappointments.gov.uk or on 07542 946354.

Please note that those candidates invited for interview will be required to undertake a work assessment as part of the selection process.

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.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. 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 Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


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.

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.

Interviews are expected to take place on either 1st or 2nd May 2019.

17/04/2019, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk Please quote the job reference - 25582.

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance

This Vacancy is closed to applications.