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Overview of the job
This is a management role within the National Probation Service (NPS).
The Senior Probation Officer supports the Head of Operational Function to provide management and a leading role within a Local Delivery Unit (LDU) or other operational unit.
The job holder will be expected to manage and lead staff within the operational area to the required standard, and will offer support and cover to other teams/functions during periods of absence.
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.
The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position.
If relevant to the role, some out of hours working may be required
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
Senior Probation Officers may be required to undertake any combination, or all, of the duties and responsibilities set out below.To provide effective management and leadership to the teamTo be accountable for the quality delivery of good practice and team performance improvement within policy and national standardsTo ensure that all team resources, including interventions, are deployed cost effectively and provide best value in terms of both budget control and realising the organisation's strategic aimsTo ensure that staff can efficiently and effectively meet the requirements of the NPS' contract with HMPPS, Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) and local business plans as requiredTo access, interpret, analyse and apply performance data pro-actively in order to maximise LDU/team performance, evaluate practice and deliver organisational aimsTo proactively manage staff development, issues of underperformance, attendance, health and safety, employee relations and diversity matters. Adopt a consistent, fair and objective standpoint when making decisions in relation to individual staff issuesTo ensure that offender managers manage risk appropriately, and meet all public protection standards and targetsTo contribute directly to public protection through multi-agency arrangements and individual casework review, discussion and feedbackTo promote a culture of innovation and continuous improvement to service deliveryTo manage financial resources for your area of responsibility as required by your Head of Operational Function and in line with HMPPS financial regulations and policies. To authorise expenditure within financial limitsIn accordance with the business plan, to provide a leading role and direction in work with partners and key stakeholders, and represent the NPS as appropriate to the roleTo facilitate effective communication between the LDU/Operational Unit management team and internal and external partnersTo play an active part in the corporate management of the NPS as necessary, as a member of the LDU/Operational Unit Management TeamTo undertake specific areas of responsibility as delegated by the Head of Operational Function. Demonstrate pro-social modelling skills by consistently reinforcing pro-social behaviour and attitudes and challenging anti-social behaviour and attitudesCarry out safeguarding children duties in accordance with the NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policiesTo work within the aims and values of NPS and HMPPS
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under Job Evaluation and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.
BehavioursWorking TogetherDeveloping Self and OthersDelivering at PaceManaging a Quality ServiceMaking Effective DecisionsCommunicating and InfluencingLeadership
Essential ExperienceSubstantial experience with a proven record of good practice in a variety of settings (including offender risk assessment and management) as a Probation Officer or from working within another criminal justice agency or related work contextUnderstanding of the role of the Probation Service in the Criminal Justice System and in a multi-disciplinary setting.Knowledge and understanding of the factors which influence engagement with victimsExperience of risk management and assessment, understanding of multi- agency risk assessment and management proceduresEvidence of ability to evaluate practiceEvidence of ability to provide a practice perspective on policy developmentExperience of working under pressure and fulfilling demanding deadlinesExperience of working flexibly as a member of a team to achieve performance targetsExperience of contributing to the provision of effective administration and information systemsDemonstrable achievements in managing/supporting change and effecting improvements in quality and efficiencyAble to demonstrate well developed IT skills, including evidence of ability to interpret and apply performance reportsExperience of proactively championing diversity and inclusiveness both internally and externallyAbility to implement the services health and safety policies
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh
Technical requirementsProbation 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.The following qualifications gained in England and Wales were previously recognised as providing such eligibility:Diploma in Probation Studies,Diploma in Social Work (with Probation Option)CQSW (with Probation Option)