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Residency and Land Use Casework Officer

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Job summary

£26155 - £29192
Isle of Benbecula
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
09 April 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Residency and Land Use Casework Officer within the Crofting Commission, this post is based in Balivanich, Benbecula. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Crofting Commission is responsible for the Regulation of Crofting, maintains a Register of Crofts and also advises the Scottish Government on crofting issues.

The Casework Officer works within the Residency and Land Use Team (RALUT) and reports directly to the RALUT Manager. The RALUT deal with matters relating to land use and occupancy of crofts. Whilst this post will mainly focus on the duties enforcement element of the Commission's work, it also involves encouraging the occupancy and use of crofts, including resolving outstanding successions to croft tenancies and the letting of vacant crofts.

Joining a busy team, you must be comfortable working with others to meet statutory deadlines/timescales and apply relevant legislation and policies. You must be able to develop and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including members of the crofting community, other sections of the Crofting Commission, professional bodies and Commissioners/Board Members of the organisation to ensure delivery of an effective and efficient public service. In addition, you will be expected to be able to support the work and mentor other Commission staff where appropriate.

You will be required to contribute to the Commission's new outward focussing role by supporting colleagues in engaging directly with grazing committees, communities, agencies, and crofting estates in those aspects relating to the occupancy and use of crofts. This will require you to arrange and participate in providing support at community meetings where the focus is on residence and land use.

The post holder will develop and maintain a strong knowledge of crofting, the issues affecting crofting, and the work and priorities of the Crofting Commission. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the ability to apply the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 within the context of duties enforcement action and regulatory applications.

The post holder performs an interesting and vital role collating evidence from a variety of sources in a clear concise manner to ensure the Commission can reach informed decisions. You will make regulatory decisions in respect of devolved functions and will prepare and present Case Papers for cases which are escalated to a higher Tier of decision making. Working within a relatively small organisation, the post holder will be required to demonstrate flexibility and be prepared to support other aspects of the organisation's functions as the need arises.

During the current pandemic you may initially be asked to work from home, but the permanent location for this post is within the Scottish Government office in Balivanich, Benbecula.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Strong written and oral communication skills with a proven track record of producing high quality work quickly and with minimal supervision, combined with an ability to adapt communication skills to a variety of audiences.
2. The ability to plan, organise and prioritise demanding workloads to meet tight deadlines and to work flexibly to meet changing demands.
3. Strong research and analytical skills coupled with an attention to detail with a strong focus on quality and consistency.
4. Have excellent team working skills, while also possessing the ability to be self-reliant and proactive.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Garry Laws at Garry.Laws@Crofting.gov.scot.

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.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.


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