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DG Education & Justice people and wellbeing lead

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Job summary

Grade - C1
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
03 December 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

Eligible Grades – All
Location – St Andrews House, Edinburgh
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

DG Education and Justice was formed in April 2021 and has responsibility for the education and advanced learning of the people of Scotland as well as the safety and justice system of the country's communities.

The DG family is made up of 900+ staff across 7 Directorates. The Director-General also has oversight and/or responsibility for 36 Public Bodies including Education Scotland and the Scottish Prison Service.

As the DG is still within its first year of formation, we are now recruiting a people and wellbeing lead to further develop the DG family culture. This an exciting opportunity to directly contribute to the important and diverse work of the DG family through improving ways of working, staff engagement, equality and diversity, and increasing capability through learning and development. There will be a particular focus on wellbeing. Although this is essential work at any time, in the short to medium term your contribution to the wellbeing and development of colleagues in the DG will play a pivotal role in ensuring resilience during a period of change – change in leadership in Scottish Government, implementing 'In the Service of Scotland' and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

You will be expected to collaboratively develop and deliver a people and wellbeing programme that takes into account people's reality (such as impact of Covid-19, inclusion and return to the workplace). It is important that you build networks across the DG, SG and outwith, sharing intelligence and good practice, solving problems and designing creative solutions. You will work particularly closely with directorates and our HRBP to ensure that the DG people and well-being offer complements what is happening at directorate level.

This post is funded by the safer communities directorate but you will be line managed by the DG office team leader so you have a DG wide view and are connected to the key DG priorities. At the moment, this post does not have any direct reports, but you will have access to staff in the wider teams.

Main Duties
The post holder will have a high level of autonomy and have responsibility for developing, driving forward and maintaining oversight of a programme of wellbeing and development activities for the DG family. This will include the following workstreams to be further developed:
• Developing and delivering a high level DG wide people and wellbeing offer that supports and improves the experiences for people working in this DG family.
• Actively building relationships with key stakeholders to support development and delivery of the programme – SCS DGEJ people and wellbeing leads, directorate business managers, DGEJ senior leadership team, HRBP and others outwith the DG family
• Supporting 'In the Service of DGEJ' programme (TBC), making this DG family a great place to work.
• Linking with networks across SG and wider to bring in best practice, innovation and learning, such as DG wellbeing initiatives and source tools and resources that can be shared across the DG.
• Improving capability across the DG family by developing and delivering the 'craft of the Civil Servant' - a range of blended learning and development interventions to support staff do their work to the best of their ability and meet the needs of the business. This will include policy skills, line management requirements and a DG welcome/induction piece.
• Developing DG-wide approaches and identifying opportunities to join up activity across the DG Family. This will include on matters relating to equality and diversity to support the emergence of a vibrant and challenging agenda across the Education and Justice portfolios.
• Developing and supporting the implementation of activity arising from the People Survey and specific DG requirements, working with business managers on this.
• Supporting the HRBP to develop a DG workforce plan that will meet existing and future business needs through well evidenced capability and capacity.
• Working with HRBP to ensure DG staffing information is fit for purpose and providing regular analysis to the senior management team to build performance and feed into improvement work.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of developing and delivering people related improvements or change programme with a clear focus on wellbeing and learning and development.
2. Strong leadership and influencing skills, with experience of working collaboratively with a range of internal and/or external stakeholders to ensure delivery of key organisational priorities.
3. Outstanding communication skills, with experience of communicating clearly and confidently with a wide range of people, including senior officials and external stakeholders, with consideration given to the wider cultural and change contexts.
4. Well organised, highly motivated, and a proven track record in managing complex and fast-moving projects, ensuring a focus on improving performance and implementing change to deliver organisational priorities.

People Management
Leading Others
Communications and Engagement
Improving Performance

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.

Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

For information on this post please contact Sarah Stuart on email at sarah.stuart@gov.scot.

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot.

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