24803 - Diary Manager
Overview of the job
This is an administrative role in NPS Divisional headquarters, clusters and functions and reports to the NPS Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function as appropriate
The role is to provide secretarial and administrative support to the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function by acting as the primary point of contact and assisting in the management of the day to day running of the division, function or cluster through the key tasks of diary coordination, compilation of correspondence and documents and the organisations of meetings and other engagements.
The job holder will have no line manager responsibilities
Responsibilities,Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
Manage Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function's Diary
- Supporting the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function in meeting business requirements by supporting them to resolve conflicting demands in planning schedules
- Efficient maintenance of the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function's diary ensuring that time management is optimised
- Acting as the first point of contact for the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function, using initiative and responding to and/or directing queries to the relevant parties
- Acting as a screening point for the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function's telephone call, general correspondence and e-mails, highlighting priority work and responding to queries using an understanding of Probation service delivery and the partnership map
- Providing a full range of secretarial and administrative support and assistance to the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function, producing a range of material from correspondence to complex confidential reports
- Developing and maintaining comprehensive and up-to-date electronic and manual filing systems which support the operational delivery of Probation services and are effective in storing and retrieving key data
- Support planning and finalising of agendas for meetings, overseeing coordination and distribution of paperwork
- Taking minutes at senior management meetings and distributing to relevant parties
- Liaising directly with internal and external colleagues and partners to deal with enquiries and to co-ordinate appointments and engagements
- Keeping up to date with changes in key external partnerships which relate to Probation service delivery
- Contributing towards the organisation and coordination of large scale divisional events
- Coordination and collation of meetings for internal and external attendees, booking rooms, arranging refreshments, preparing material, greeting visitors etc
- Dealing with highly sensitive issues, acting with diplomacy and maintaining strict confidentiality at all times
- Arranging business travel and accommodation for the Deputy Director or Head of Operational Function.
Use communication effectively
- Providing information, feedback and advice
- Influencing and persuading
- Participate in meetings where appropriate
- Using appropriate skills, styles and approaches
Enhance your own performance
- Manage own resources and professional development
Use information to take critical decisions
- Liaise with staff to receive, collate and analyse information, using systems and compiling reports as necessary
- Develop and utilise data to identify trends and take appropriate action to maintain and enhance performance
- Plan, implement and manage systems for the exchange of sensitive information, data and intelligence
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 alternations 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.
The following competencies from the Civil Service Competency Framework will be used for selection purposes:
- Collaborating and partnering
- Delivering at pace
- Making effective decisions
- Changing and improving
NVQ Level 2 or equivalent in a relevant subject (or appropriate practical experience)
GCSE Grade A-C in English and Maths (or equivalent)
Microsoft: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Demonstrate experience of managing diary of a senior executive, and demonstrate experience of providing a wide range of management support activities
Demonstrate experience of effective communications, demonstrate experience of making successful critical decisions, and operational experience of working in a Probation setting
Working Arrangements & Further Information
Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
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.
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.
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.
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.
30/04/2019, 23:55 hours
Closing Date: 30th April 2019 at 23:55 hours
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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.