24526 - Senior Probation Officer, NPS - HMP Lewes

£35,024 - £40,216
1
South East
Brighton and Hove , Lewes
HMYOI LEWES LEWES, BN7 1EA
Other
NPS Pay Band 5 National
Permanent
Full Time
Operational Delivery, Probation Officer

This is an opportunity to represent the NPS in a high profile role at HMP Lewes. As well as managing NPS staff in the establishment, the successful candidate will play a key leadership role in the multi-disciplinary OMU and work closely with the Senior Mangement Team. The role presents an excellent development opportunity for existing managers and an exciting challenge for those seeking promotion.

Lewes acquired a new prison in the middle of the 19th century, partially planned on the radial system and built of local flint, surrounded by a high wall. The prison was situated outside the town when it was built and a generous amount of land was enclosed within the perimeter. This has allowed for the building of additional facilities over the years, including a new 174 accommodation unit, gymnasium and multi-faith centre in 2008. Today the prison is fully listed and stands at the western end of the town and is within the South Downs National Park. The role of HMP Lewes is primarily to serve the local courts, but also accommodates some sentenced prisoners and those awaiting release.

The successful candidate will work to the Senior Probation Officer job description, as attached.

Overview of the job

This is a management role within the National Probation Service (NPS).

The Senior Probation Officer supports the Head of Operational Function to provide management and a leading role within a Local Delivery Unit (LDU) or other operational unit.

Summary

The job holder will be expected to manage and lead staff within the operational area to the required standard, and will offer support and cover to other teams/functions during periods of absence.    

In line with NPS policies and procedures, the job holder must at all times demonstrate a commitment to equality and inclusion and an understanding of their relevance to the work they do.

The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.

If relevant to the role, some out of hours working may be required

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

Senior Probation Officers may be required to undertake any combination, or all, of the duties and responsibilities set out below.

  • To provide effective management and leadership to the team
  • To be accountable for the quality delivery of good practice and team performance improvement within policy and national standards
  • To ensure that all team resources, including interventions, are deployed cost effectively and provide best value in terms of both budget control and realising the organisation’s strategic aims
  • To ensure that staff can efficiently and effectively meet the requirements of the NPS’ contract with NOMS, Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) and local business plans as required
  • To access, interpret, analyse and apply performance data pro-actively in order to maximise LDU/team performance, evaluate practice and deliver organisational aims
  • To proactively manage staff development, issues of underperformance, attendance, health and safety, employee relations and diversity matters. Adopt a consistent, fair and objective standpoint when making decisions in relation to individual staff issues
  • To ensure that offender managers manage risk appropriately, and meet all public protection standards and targets
  • To contribute directly to public protection through multi-agency arrangements and individual casework review, discussion and feedback
  • To promote a culture of innovation and continuous improvement to service delivery
  • To manage financial resources for your area of responsibility as required by your Head of Operational Function and in line with NOMS financial regulations and policies. To authorise expenditure within financial limits
  • In accordance with the business plan, to provide a leading role and direction in work with partners and key stakeholders, and represent the NPS as appropriate to the role
  • To facilitate effective communication between the LDU/Operational Unit management team and internal and external partners
  • To play an active part in the corporate management of the NPS as necessary, as a member of the LDU/Operational Unit Management Team
  • To undertake specific areas of responsibility as delegated by the Head of Operational Function.
  • Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing prosocial behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes
  • Carry out safeguarding children duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies
  • To work within the aims and values of NPS and NOMS

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 Job Evaluation and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.

Competencies

For the purposes of selection the following competencies will be used:

  • Leading and communicating
  • Building capability for all
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Delivering at pace
  • Managing a quality service

Essential Skills Qualifications, Accreditation & Registration

Qualifications

ESSENTIAL

  • Probation Qualification Framework Graduate Diploma/ Honours Degree in Community Justice integrated with Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.
  • Or a qualification which was recognised at the time of qualification by the Secretary of State for Justice as per Section 10 of the Offender Management Act 2007.The following qualifications gained in England and Wales were previously recognised as providing such eligibility:
  • Diploma in Probation Studies,
  • Diploma in Social Work (with Probation Option)
  • CQSW (with Probation Option)
  • Diploma in Probation Studies,
  • Diploma in Social Work (with Probation Option)
  • CQSW (with Probation Option)

DESIRABLE

  • Evidence of competence in management skills and/or equivalent management qualification.

Experience

ESSENTIAL

  • Substantial experience with a proven record of good practice in a variety of settings (including offender risk assessment and management) as a Probation Officer or from working within another criminal justice agency or related work context
  • Understanding of the role of the Probation Service in the Criminal Justice System and in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the factors which influence engagement with victims
  • Experience of risk management and assessment, understanding of multiagency risk assessment and management procedures
  • Evidence of ability to evaluate practice
  • Evidence of ability to provide a practice perspective on policy development
  • Experience of working under pressure and fulfilling demanding deadlines
  • Experience of working flexibly as a member of a team to achieve performance targets
  • Experience of contributing to the provision of effective administration and information systems
  • Demonstrable achievements in managing/supporting change and effecting improvements in quality and efficiency
  • Able to demonstrate well developed IT skills, including evidence of ability to interpret and apply performance reports
  • Experience of proactively championing diversity and inclusiveness both internally and externally
  • Ability to implement the services health and safety policies

DESIRABLE

  • Experience at a comparable management level within a complex multidisciplinary environment
  • Previous experience of effecting staff performance improvements
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff
  • Experience of delivering staff coaching
  • Experience of conducting employee relations investigations (e.g.disciplinary action, capability, grievances etc.)
  • Experience of monitoring and working within budgets.
  • Understanding how to interpret and apply HR policy and procedure.
  • Experience of participating in commissioning and procurement processes or contract management.
  • An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh

Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours)

37 Hours a Week

The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.
Environmental Allowance (NPS Non Pensionable Allowance) of £675 per annum, pro rata.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

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

Benefits

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. 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 National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF). Please visit www.gmpf.org.uk for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

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 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.

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.

Eligibility

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

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 the 11th April 2019 at Mitre House, 223-237 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JD.

20/03/2019, 23:55 hours

Closing Date: 20th March 2019 at 23:55 hours

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk Please quote job reference

For further information about the post please contact:

Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Leon Mcloughlin-Smith - 07971 828539

Deputy Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Andrew Hopwood - 07824 417546.


Enhanced Baseline Standard
Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

Candidate Information

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In the event of a large number of applications, we reserve the right to undertake the following processes:


  • An automated online test where a benchmark must be passed to progress;
  • A sift on the lead selection criteria. If this happens, the lead criteria will be the first one listed in the advert.

During the selection process, you may be asked to undertake an additional assessment (such as written test). If this is applicable you will be notified of this when you are invited to interview.



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Leading and Communicating
Making Effective Decisions
Building Capability for All
Managing a Quality Service
Delivering at Pace
Collaborating and Partnering
Probation Officer qualification - PQF Graduate Diploma or Community Justice Degree integrated with a Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice, Diploma in Probation Practice, Diploma in Social Work or CQSW (Probation)
English Language Requirement