Saturday , November 25 2023

MOJ Careers – Head, Operational Function

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Job Description:

To provide management and leadership within the National Probation Service(NPS) with responsibility for resources and the operational and strategic direction and management of the Service within a Local Delivery Unit (LDU) or any other operational unit and/or functional area of activity. To represent the Deputy Director with external agencies/Stakeholders and staff as appropriate.

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.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Carry out agency responsibilities for victims.
  • Lead, innovate and develop local strategies in line with the national strategic framework
  • Carry out safeguarding children duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies
  • Oversight of the management of complaints within the Operational Function and direct involvement in complaint resolution where necessary
  • Work with MOJ/NOMS Communications on a range of products
  • Manage resources effectively.
  • Effectively lead cluster operational delivery and contribute corporately to national operational delivery and priorities
  • Manage competing demands within (geographical) area of responsibility
  • Manage devolved budgets in accordance with the financial procedures outlined in the budget delegation
  • Responsible for the various functions across the division; including line management of middle managers.
  • Work within the aims and values of NPS and NOMS
  • Undertake all Human Resources (HR) related policies and practices including overseeing local recruitment, Attendance Management, Disciplinary Investigations, Performance Management and Staff Appraisals, chair grievance and other hearings.
  • Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudes.
  • Represent the NPS at national partnerships and development meetings in line with delegated functional lead and decision making responsibilities.
  • Deputise for the Deputy Director as required in the LDU / operational unit functional area of activity
  • Implement NOMS equality strategy
  • Oversee the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) locally in conjunction with other responsible authorities including the chairing of MAPPA level 3 meetings
  • Discharge estates responsibilities for Head of Operational Function
  • To make decisions and provide advice on the management of offenders where senior management authorisation or involvement is necessary e.g. authorising the recall of offenders to prison
  • Lead the NPS in local strategic partnerships and ensure appropriate representation within wider partnership frameworks
  • Work effectively with your respective Divisional Senior Leadership Team and take lead responsibility nationally for specific projects/portfolios

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Health and Safety and Equalities legislation.
  • Working with key local agencies and stakeholders to develop strong partner relationships.
  • Knowledge of the wider Criminal Justice System.
  • Current knowledge of effective practice in managing risk and reducing reoffending
  • Preparing high level written reports
  • Strategic operational planning through effective deployment of available resources and staff to meet operational demands.
  • Responsibility for budgetary control to support local operational requirements.

Qualification & Experience:

  • 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.
  • Experience of making complex risk management and public protection decisions
  • Significant experience at middle manager level, holding relevant responsibilities in at least two different settings.
  • Experience of working under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • CQSW (with Probation Option.)
  • Diploma in Probation Studies,
  • Diploma in Social Work (with Probation Option)
  • Substantial experience of line management of staff, including supervision, appraisal and motivating.

Job Details:

Company: Ministry of Justice

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Bedford, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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