83065 - Regional Probation Director - East of England

£111,395 - £114,430
1
12 Months
East of England
Basildon , Bedford , Bury St Edmunds , Cambridge , Chelmsford , Cheshunt , Colchester , Grays , Harlow , Hemel Hempstead , Huntingdon , Ipswich , Kettering , King's Lynn , Lowestoft , Luton , Northampton , Norwich , Peterborough , Southend-on-Sea , St Albans , Stevenage , Watford , Wellingborough
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Other
Band 12
Permanent
Full Time
Operational Delivery

There is a requirement for regular travel across the region. 

Please note: Although this is a generic directorate job description, we would ask you to use the person spec in the job description additional attachments section below which highlights essential responsibilities for this role:

Overview of the job    

These Group Director roles are new, senior roles critical to stability and delivery across HMPPS in England and Wales.

Group Directors will be responsible for the delivery and strategic development of the Area  in their command.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to ensure the successful and safe delivery of objectives across HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).

HMPPS is responsible for running prisons and probation services across England and Wales with over 42,000 directly employed staff and contractors and a wide range of private and third sector partners.

Like all organisations we are constantly seeking to be more effective and efficient, improving performance and ‘working smarter’. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right people to drive innovation and change that can really make a positive difference for our society.

Outstanding leaders with a strong track record of delivery in a challenging environment, setting strategic direction and leading large and dispersed teams across several business units, and manage a large delegated budget.

A dynamic, challenging and rewarding role where your contribution will make a real difference.

Reporting to an Executive Director.

Summary    

The post holders will work collegiately as part of their Executive Director’s senior team. They will work together to manage competing pressures and risks in order to maintain delivery of service and Ministerial confidence, as well as contributing to the overall strategy within HMPPS.

Post holders will drive the performance improvement of key organisational objectives, through supporting, coaching and developing senior management teams. They will promote a leadership culture which is rehabilitative to deliver objectives that realise the Secretary of State’s vision for prison safety and reform.

There is a strong partnership working element to this role, in working across the HMPPS, the wider Ministry of Justice, and with other services, agencies and third sector providers, to build and maintain effective ‘joined-up’ services for the public. This includes integrated services across custody and community and effective working between public and private sectors.

Post holders will have strong leadership and people management skills with the ability to influence, drive change and improve results whilst engaging and empowering our people. They will also have strong analytical and financial skills.

Post holders will need to contribute to effective relationships within HMPPS and with other senior colleagues across the Department, with a need to demonstrate political awareness at all times.

This is a senior management post with line management responsibilities.
 
Responsibilities, Activities and Duties    

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

•    Accountability for performance and use of resources across the organisation for which they are responsible, ensuring that their area of work is effectively delivering and driving improvement to meet the expected outcomes, and holding Senior Leaders to account.
•    Providing strong and effective change leadership, ensuring in particular the effective implementation of programmes which support a rehabilitative culture and lead to improved organisational performance.
•    Ensuring that areas for which they are responsible are meeting delivery requirements, complying with national policy and progressing strategic priorities.
•    Supporting and coaching senior leaders to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge to run safe, decent, secure and rehabilitative prisons and to manage their staff effectively; and improve staff engagement and demonstrate commitment to equality and inclusion through their leadership.
•    Working effectively in collaboration within their Group Directorate/Group, and as part of the wider HMPPS structures, to effectively deploy resources; share best practice to ensure stability across the system and improve progression; create a learning culture; and deliver the Group Directorate’s objectives.
•    Developing strategic relationships with key partners and stakeholders across MoJ, Government and other agencies and services, particularly relevant community partners, to ensure our business and strategic objectives are achieved.
•    Maintaining a broad and thorough understanding of the HMPPS’s business, including Ministerial priorities, with particular focus on ensuring that policy and reform are effectively delivered at local levels.
•    Ensuring effective financial management to operate within the allocated budget and with financial propriety. Seeking appropriate sources of funding to support joint interest work with our strategic partners.
•    Promoting continuous professional development and professional skills across HMPPS, MOJ and the wider Civil Service.
•    Champion engagement, equality and inclusion through leadership of their Group Directorate/Group.

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    

•    Leadership
•    Seeing the Big Picture
•    Changing and Improving
•    Communicating and Influencing
•    Working Together

Essential Experience    

•    A proven track record of experience in a challenging environment/system, working effectively in this complex and high-pressured environment.
•    A proven record of leadership, inspiring staff, successfully engaging senior leaders, leading change and performance improvement and building capability to deliver business objectives.
•    Evidence of strategic thinking and effective problem solving, developing innovative delivery options that meet strategic objectives whilst being rooted in an understanding of financial and implementation practicalities.
•    Evidence of building strong and effective partnerships, across Government and with other parts of the public sector, operational partners and external stakeholders to advance business objectives.

Ability    

•    Analytical Skills
•    Verbal and Written Communication Skills

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.

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 provides 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 the 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. 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.

Interviews to take place week commencing the 26/02/2024
There will be a presentation which will form part of the interview process.

26/01/2024, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference - 83065.
Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

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@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.


Application form stage assessments

Behaviours
Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Leadership - 250 word limit
Seeing the Big Picture - 250 word limit
Working Together - 250 word limit
Experience
CV
Statement of Suitability - 750 word limit

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Behaviours
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
Leadership
Seeing the Big Picture
Working Together
Technical Skills
Stake management
Additional Assessment(s)
Presentation

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.