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35081 - Judicial Appointments Commission- Communications Manager


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Judicial Appointments Commission- Communications Manager, The role

We are looking for a Communications Manager (HEO/IO) to join the Diversity and Engagement team. The Communications Manager will take the lead on a number of communications areas at the JAC for both internal and external audiences, as well as supporting the team (Diversity and Engagement) across other communications areas.

You will work closely with colleagues across the organisation to plan and implement outreach communications to attract high-quality judicial candidates from a wide range of backgrounds. You will create content, advise on the use of stakeholder communications channels and manage internal communication campaigns. You should relish the challenge of working in a small but dynamic team, collaborating with colleagues who are passionate about the JAC's mission. This is an exciting and varied role with many opportunities to be involved in new projects and initiatives.

About the JAC

The JAC is an independent body that selects candidates for judicial office in courts and tribunals in England and Wales, and for some tribunals with UK-wide jurisdiction. The JAC was set up in 2006 to maintain and strengthen judicial independence and to make the appointments process clearer and more accountable. Now in its 14th year, the JAC is recognised for its open, independent and merit-based selection of members of the judiciary. The JAC is committed to attracting applicants from as wide a field as possible and works closely with a range of organisations to promote vacancies to eligible candidates. More is on our website:

What you'll be doing

This role reports into the Senior Communications Manager and your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate communications campaigns (outreach) for selection exercises, using a variety of channels to suit the audience and working with JAC staff and stakeholders
  • Create written and visual content to support delivery and policy teams: for digital (including social media), print and internal channels, and distribute on JAC-owned channels as well as via external partners. This includes content for recruitment marketing campaigns, stakeholder events and communications for policy and change initiatives (including internal campaigns)
  • Manage internal communications for the JAC, using internal channels to communicate with staff, commissioners and panel members, and provide advice to senior leaders on internal communications, such as advising on messaging
  • Provide communications support such as managing the intranet, supporting the handling of media enquiries, media monitoring and creating content
  • Regularly evaluate communications campaigns and activity, analysing findings and making recommendations for change and improvement
  • Choose the best channels and formats for information and suggest ideas to reach relevant audiences

For the right person, there is scope to review and develop these responsibilities over time, for example to develop skills in other communications areas to support your professional development.

Expected skills and experience

This role is at Information Officer level (HEO-equivalent) and you will be expected to demonstrate the competencies in the Government Communication Service framework at IO level.

It is expected the successful applicant will have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders

  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects with varied deadlines
  • Strong team working skills and ability to work flexibly to support a small team

  • Knowledge of different communications channels and tools and some ability to provide advice on the most appropriate channels depending on context and user needs
  • Strong IT and digital skills

It is expected that the successful applicant will have the potential to build knowledge in the following areas:

  • Producing written content for online or print
  • Creating visual content for social media
  • Knowledge of campaign planning using the oasis model
  • Knowledge of evaluating communication campaigns, including using web analytics tools, and how to use this data to improve communications

For further information about the roles, please contact Francesca Morosini at [email protected]

Those applicants invited for interview will also be asked to complete a practical written exercise that reflects the work you might encounter in the role

In line with the Government Advice, during the COVID -19 situation, all staff in the JAC are working remotely, mainly from home. We expect that this will be the situation for some time, therefore applicants must have the ability to work remotely.

Application process

You will need to provide:

  • Your CV
  • A statement of suitability explaining (of not more than 250 words) the skills and experience you will bring to the role
  • Written evidence of the following 3 behaviours:

Communicating and influencing

Working together

Changing and improving

Full information about civil service behaviours are available .

At interview you will asked about three strengths: Organiser; Explainer; Relationship builder. You can find out more about strengths here.

The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.

Additional Information

This job advert closes on Monday 6th July.

We expect interviews to be held remotely via Microsoft Teams from Monday20th July onwards.

Successful candidates will undertake a short assessment, full details will be provided prior to interview.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

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.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of 'Family Friendly' policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

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

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail [email protected]);

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing ([email protected]);

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

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.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.

Interview dates

We expect interviews to be held remotely via Microsoft Teams from Monday 20th July onwards.

Assessment centre dates


Closing Date:

06/07/2020, 23:55 hours.

Contact information

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail [email protected] Please quote the job reference - 35081.

If you have further questions about this role, please contact the hiring manager Francesca Morosini, Senior communications manager [email protected] or Khayla Omowale, HR support manager [email protected]

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why.

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles

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 ([email protected]) in the first instance

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  • Ad ID:  14801930
  • Ad Type:  Offered
  • Posted on:  30/06/2020, 12:51
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