Principal - Legal - Strategy and Policy

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Closing date: 30 Jun 2017

Reference number

1545619

Salary

£46,063.32 - £54,926.04

Grade

Grade 7
Principal

Contract type

Fixed Term
Secondment

Length of employment

Fixed Term Contract - 12 Months

Business area

Legal Services

Type of role

Legal Services

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Hours

36 hours per week

Number of posts

1

Location

2 Positions - 1 Manchester, 1 Cardiff

About the job

Job description

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It operates independently to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and protect and promote human rights. It contributes to making and keeping Britain a fair society in which everyone, regardless of background, has an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. It encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and is accredited by the UN as an 'A status' National Human Rights Institution.

Overview of the role

If you want to make a difference and improve the lives of everyone in the country, the Equality and Human Rights Commission needs to hear from you. The work we do affects everyone and is about making Britain fairer. Whether that's fighting for better rights for disabled people, progress on race or gender equality, or ending discrimination at work, we are the leading voice that makes change happen.

Working in our Strategy & Policy Directorate under the Access to Justice project (with professional oversight from the Legal Directorate), you will provide specialist technical expertise and advice on equality and human rights to external caseworkers from the advice sector, trade unions and ombudsman schemes. You will help to establish and operate an 'advice for advisors' helpline service, assisting caseworkers on the front line. You will also lead on the development of online resources for advisors and caseworkers, and other capacity-building offers for the advice sector. This is an exciting new project for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and we need the best people managing the helpline to make it a success.

To be successful in this exciting yet challenging role, you will be a qualified solicitor or barrister entitled to practise in England and Wales with substantial post-qualification experience. You will have significant expertise in equality and human rights legislation. You will also have the skills to assist in developing and managing a professional 'second tier' advice service. The core professional skills for this role include:
• ability to provide specialist technical expertise and advice on equality and human rights law with knowledge and experience in particular of the Equality Act and one other relevant area of law, for example: education, housing, community care, social welfare or similar
• ability to provide expert advice on the litigation process and the procedures in the tribunals and civil courts
• ability to explore problems and find legally robust and pragmatic solutions, in dialogue with users of the service
• ability to establish and maintain professional standards in the operation of a helpline service
• ability to translate legal concepts into clear, concise language and to produce accessible, user-friendly documents for both internal and external audiences
• ability to identify and engage with internal and external stakeholders, developing and building effective relationships and helping to promote and expand the reach of the service



To be successful in this exciting yet challenging role, you will be a qualified solicitor or Barrister, entitled to practice in England and Wales with substantial post-qualification. With experience of undertaking appeal litigation, regulatory enforcement action or legal policy work. Knowledge and experience from practice in employment to lead and provide specialist technical expertise and advice on equality and human rights law knowledge with substantial experience in at least one broad area of legal 'specialism'.

To be fully effective in this role you will be required to demonstrate our core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement as well as certain knowledge, skills and experience.

Qualifications

Qualified solicitor or Barrister entitled to practice in England and Wales with substantial post-qualification experience or, if not qualified, an equivalent level of skills and experience.

You will be required to demonstrate our core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement as well as the core professional skills. You will find the core skills, and the professional skills documents below.

How to apply

The recruitment of this position is being handled by our Recruitment Partner, TMP Worldwide. If you are interested in this position and would like to apply, please visit TMP’s Application Portal to submit your application. The link for which can be found below in the "further information" section.

Qualifications

Qualified solicitor or Barrister entitled to practice in England and Wales

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Benefits

The salary range currently starts at £46,063. Appointments are generally made at the starting point of the pay band however a higher salary may be available for an exceptional candidate. Those joining us from with the Civil Service on a level transfer, will be offered the pay point closest to their current salary, wherever possible.


Civil Service Pension
30 days holiday plus public holidays
Comprehensive Learning & Development programme;
Season ticket loans;
Bicycle purchase loan;
Childcare vouchers;
Employee assistance programme;
Payment of professional subscriptions;
Support for external qualifications.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Eligibility

Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

Please note this Post is NOT regulated by the Civil Service Commission.
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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

If you have any questions or queries regarding this position please contact Equalityandhumanrightscommission@tmpw.co.uk quoting the job title in the subject line.

Sift/interview dates and location

To be confirmed

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