Vacancy: Regional Liaison Officer – North of England

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Directorate: Electoral Administration and Guidance
Permanent/ Full-Time
Salary:  £35,846 per annum
Location: Home based

The role

Who We Are

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates party finance in the UK. It works to promote public confidence in the democratic process and to ensure its integrity.

The Electoral Administration and Guidance Directorate is responsible for the provision of guidance and support to Electoral administrators to enable them to provide excellent electoral and registration services.

We are looking for someone to be part of our home–based regional staff to provide support to the Regional Manager (North of England) in ensuring the effective delivery of Commission priorities across the region with a particular focus on working in partnership with other teams across the Commission to improve the quality of electoral services.

The role

  • To provide high quality and timely advice and guidance on electoral policy, practice and performance matters to electoral practitioners and to other stakeholders including members of the public.
  • To contribute to the implementation and development of the Commission’s performance standards regime across England and act as data collector, verifier or performance improvement supporter to local authorities as required.
  • To support Returning Officers and Electoral Registration Officers in preparing for and delivering electoral events and electoral registration.
  • To support the Regional Manager and the wider English Regional team in managing stakeholder relationships with electoral practitioners in the region, as part of the Regional Teams stakeholder strategy. This includes representing the Commission at Regional Branch meetings and county group meetings of the AEA and other relevant bodies.
  • To ensure that any issues that emerge regionally in relation to electoral policy, practice and performance are fed into the development of Commission policy as appropriate.
  • To understand, and actively promote, the objectives and values of the Electoral Commission.

Experience required

Experience of working in an electoral environment ideally including some experience in the public sector.
Extensive and current knowledge of developments in electoral practice and the workings and needs of local authority services.
Substantial working knowledge of electoral legislation and practice at all levels of government.
Experience in developing and maintaining strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and strong understanding of the latest approaches to stakeholder management.
Good IT skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet).
Good project management experience.
Special Requirements

This post requires frequent travel across the region and other parts of the UK, including travel to rural communities where public transport provision may be inadequate. As a consequence the successful applicant should have a valid driving licence enabling the holder to drive on UK roads and have access to transport, or the ability to make use of hire vehicles, which enables them to meet the geographical requirements of this post.

This post will be home-based, and the successful applicant must have a suitable, quiet space in their home from which to work.

Working at the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission offers excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours, and the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements (dependent on scheme rules) which include a valuable range of benefits.  

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people who are passionate about democracy. The more diverse our workforce, the better we can adapt to and reflect the needs of society. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and as a staff member you will become part of an inclusive culture, where you will have the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through learning and development.

To Apply

The closing date for applications was the 5 June 2024 at 23:59 but has now been extended and will now close on the 27th July 2024 at 23:59.

We will use video conferencing tools for the interviews. We will inform shortlisted candidates of the relevant details.

Please contact Peter Forrester if you would like to find out more information about this role on [email protected]

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After you apply

Applications should include a supporting statement. This should include examples of how you have demonstrated the role’s person specification, including:

  • essential skills
  • behaviours
  • knowledge

To be fair to all candidates, we can’t accept job applications submitted after the closing date.

We will let you know whether or not you have been invited for an interview shortly after the closing date.

We hold some of our interviews online using video conferencing, and other interviews in person at one of our offices. We’ll let you know when and where your interview will be.

Sometimes, we’ll ask you to complete a task for your interview. For example, preparing a presentation on a specific topic. We’ll give you instructions about the task when we invite you to interview.

Our interviews are competency based. We will ask you questions to understand more about your experience, and how it relates to the essential criteria in the person specification. Questions will also cover the values, behaviours, and skills required for the role. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the role or working with us at the end of your interview.

We will let you know the outcome of the interview as soon as possible. Usually, within two days after the final interview has been completed. We’re always happy to give feedback if requested.  

We will always let you know when we’d like to contact your references.

If you have taken part in certain political activities, such as holding office in a political party or holding a relevant elected office, it may mean that you can’t work for us. To discuss this before applying, contact our HR team at [email protected] 

If you’re successful, you’ll need to complete some pre-appointment checks. This includes a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In Scotland, this is a Disclosure Scotland check. In Northern Ireland, it’s an Access NI check.

Higher security clearance may be required for some roles. We will only ask you about convictions and cautions that are not protected. Having a criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from working here. It depends on the nature of the position and the circumstances of your offences. Read our employing ex-offenders policy for more information.

We welcome applications from everyone. We will ask for your personal details including your nationality, ethnicity and any disabilities. These details will not be shared with the interviewers.

If you have a disability, let us know at the application stage so we can make adjustments for you. This may include accepting your application by post.

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