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Policy Adviser – Young People (SEO) for the SDC

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Location England (London & Greater) - UK
Town/City London or Sheffield
Salary Additional Information £34,336 to £41,851 (London) or £31,815 to £38,650 (Sheffield)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 15/04/2009
Company Name Defra
Contact Name 0845 603 7262
Email ssd.boardapplications@Defra.gsi.gov.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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Grade of postRCRE 1251 Policy Adviser – Young People (SEO) for the SDC
Number of vacanciesOne
LocationLondon or Sheffield
Pay range£34,336 to £41,851 (London) or £31,815 to £38,650 (Sheffield)
Job purpose and descriptionJob purpose:
To offer pragmatic, policy-relevant support to DCSF’s Young People Directorate to enable it to integrate sustainable development within its policy and delivery goals, in cooperation with other Departments and partners.

Job description:
The role emerges from a partnership between the SDC and the DCSF, building on four years of strengthening cooperation. It is essential that this role delivers real value to DCSF as it seeks to embed sustainable development in its work.
Skills / Experience requiredCompetencies
a. Leading and Influencing

The effective SEO:
  • Inspires the team to engage with project objectives and ensures effective two-way communication;
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, commitment and energy to projects and to SDC generally;
  • Provides clear and structured written and verbal communication tailored for the relevant audience;
  • Demonstrates confidence influencing upwards to senior managers;
  • Demonstrates and instils pride in SDC and its values.
b. Developing High Performance

The effective SEO:
  • Considers team’s capability to deliver current and future work – takes action to address any gaps;
  • Devotes time to coaching and developing colleagues – provides ongoing feedback;
  • Continually seeks opportunities to learn and develop – regularly seeks and acts on feedback
c. Collaboration

The effective SEO:
  • Initiates cross-project working parties to address issues that impact across projects;
  • Has a range of contacts within DCSF and SDC and the delivery network that can be called upon as required;
  • Invests time to generate a common focus and genuine team spirit – appreciates the diversity of team members;
  • Readily gives resources and support to higher priority when requested;
  • Relates to people from diverse backgrounds and geographies – appreciates their perspectives;
  • Keeps knowledge base up to date and available to others
a. Thinking with Vision

The effective SEO:
  • Thinks about how the work of their team fits into overall goals of the EYPH team;
  • Brings in new ideas and offers best practice;
  • Understands DCSF and SDC priorities and what they are trying to achieve;
  • Makes changes in work processes and programme outcomes that are clearly linked to SDC’s strategic direction;
  • Keeps abreast of changes in the external environment that have implications for SDC
b. Making Effective Decisions

The effective SEO:
  • Conducts thorough analysis – makes decisions based on well supported facts and input from relevant experts;
  • Considers the longer term impact of decisions;
  • Recommends difficult decisions between competing objectives and needs of the team;
  • Makes decisions when they are needed;
  • Empowers team members to make decisions
c. Delivering Sustainable Value for Money

The effective SEO:
  • Creates a robust case to justify requests for funding;
  • Plans and forecasts against budgets, reviews and monitors progress;
  • Supports and challenges others to improve inefficiencies
a. Making things Happen

The effective SEO:
  • Takes accountability for delivery of own and team’s work;
  • Makes effective use of project management skills;
  • Sets challenging yet realistic objectives and milestones;
  • Ensures complete clarity of objectives and responsibilities at team and individual level;
  • Tracks progress and consistently delivers high quality on time
b. Delivering in Partnership

The effective SEO:
  • Is proactive about building and maintaining networks with delivery partners;
  • Ensures mutual understanding of priorities, perspectives and pressures;
  • Consults and negotiates with delivery partners early in the SDC Policy Cycle;
  • Ensures delivery partners are clear on what is expected of them and how they fit into the achievement of the shared goal;
  • Acknowledges the contribution of delivery partners
c. Changing with Pace

The effective SEO:
  • Regularly reviews approaches – works with teams to identify improvements, simplify and speed up processes;
  • Maintains momentum and focus within their teams to implement changes;
  • Supports their team and colleagues through changes – explains rationale for change and benefits;
  • Proactively tests effectiveness of new processes – ensures feedback is addressed
How to applyFull details will be included in the application pack. For an application pack, please contact: -
Email: -
ssd.boardapplications@Defra.gsi.gov.uk or Tel : - 0845 603 7262
Closing date for applications15 April 2009

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