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Job Title: Senior Adviser - Improvement 

Directorate: Electoral Administration and Guidance


Salary: £41,642 per annum

Location: Home-based with occasional travel to London

Closing Date for Applications: Tuesday 2 April 2024 at 11.59pm

Job info

We are recruiting for a Senior Adviser to join our Support & Improvement team to develop the Commission’s Performance Standards Frameworks and progress various improvement initiatives. The role will support the ongoing delivery of the standards to drive performance improvement by Electoral Administrators and produce a range of tools to build resilience and capacity in local authorities.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to use your skills and experience to play a key role in providing support to Electoral Administrators. Working closely with staff in the Commission’s offices in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and across England, as part of a small, dedicated, and enthusiastic team.

The team is responsible for the development and monitoring of performance standards as well as a range of tools and resources to support the increased efficiency and effectiveness of electoral management and registration services across the UK.

You’ll need to be organised, proactive and determined, able to manage projects and juggle conflicting requirements to deliver multiple outputs. 

You will be adept at identifying problems, be able to gather and evaluate a range of data and anecdotal information to develop potential solutions and make recommendations. The role will require you to work collaboratively with different teams across the Commission, as well as external stakeholders, to deliver initiatives that make a real difference.


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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.

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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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