Dec 062019
 

Members - Community Justice Scotland

Appointment of Members to the Board of Community Justice Scotland (CJS)Community Justice Scotland (“CJS”) is the public body that supports the delivery of robust and effective community justice services in Scotland.

What is Community Justice?Community justice describes a wide range of services which aim to reduce the use of imprisonment, especially ineffective short-term imprisonment, and prevent and reduce reoffending, with the ultimate aim of reducing further victimisation and damage to individuals, families and communities. This includes the provision of community alternatives to imprisonment (e.g. community sentences), and wider support services which address the underlying causes of offending behaviour (e.g. mental health problems, substance misuse etc).

In order to support successful delivery of community justice in Scotland, it is essential that CJS works closely with all community justice partners including local authorities, NHS Board, Police, Scottish Prison Service and the third sector. Building strong, positive relationships with partners at a strategic level is critical in delivering our shared aims of reducing reoffending and reducing the use of imprisonment.

Changing public attitudes and understanding of community justice is essential if we are to see a shift towards greater use of preventative measures which better address the underlying causes of offending behaviour and, in particular, a greater use of community alternatives to custody. In order to do that we must also build confidence in community justice services – amongst the public, sentencers and wider public services. We need a clear public narrative about community justice: what it is, what it means for communities, families and individuals and how it supports wider public safety – owned and shared by all community justice partners.

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint 2 new Board Members who bring another perspective and enthusiasm to add to the excellent mix of skills already on the Board. These two roles are very different in terms of skills and experience as set out below. Each appointment is an opportunity to make a difference in communities across Scotland, changing lives for the better and improving safety for all.

The Roles

Role 1 requires robust partnership working and strong local and national leadership. We are looking for someone who understands the landscape that community justice services operate in and has experience of working at senior level with local authorities and partners in wider public and third sectors. This role has a focus on informing the Board's consideration of how to continue to build positive relationships with community justice partners to support delivery of the National Community Justice Strategy for Scotland.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the following criteria:

  • Experience of enhancing positive relationships with local authorities and partners
  • Working cooperatively and collaboratively
  • Analysis and decision making
  • Governance
  • Seeing the ‘bigger picture'

Role 2 is specifically aimed at improving understanding of and building confidence in community justice services. We are looking for applicants with experience of developing and delivering public awareness campaigns, or campaigns which aim to change public attitudes and perspectives. Experience in community justice is not essential as subject matter expertise will be provided by Community Justice Scotland, and wider partners. This role has a focus on informing the Board's consideration of how best to develop and support public messaging on community justice with the aim of building confidence in these services.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the following criteria:

  • Experience of developing and implementing a public communications and engagement strategy which informed and influenced attitudes and understanding.
  • Working cooperatively and collaboratively
  • Constructive and supportive challenge
  • Analysis and decision making
  • Seeing the ‘bigger picture'

Remuneration and Time Commitment

This position attracts a remuneration rate of £226 per day and you will be expected to give a commitment of up to 20 days a year.

Further Information

An application information pack and full details on how to apply for the role can be found via the link below. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments, on Freephone 0300 244 1898 by email at pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot.

Closing date for completed applications is midnight 6 January 2020.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on the Boards of Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity and treatment to all applicants. The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to meet the person specification and participate fully in the selection process. If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at public.appointments@gov.scot.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

How to apply

Application will be by letter supported by a tailored cv/career history and basic application form that captures your personal details, declarations, career history and equalities monitoring information. What you put in your letter will be the key evidence that determines whether or not you will be shortlisted for interview. Additional evidence from interview will then determine how you progress through assessment stage/s and ultimately to appointment. You must, therefore, demonstrate clearly the evidence required in the letter to show how you meet the priority quality/skills for Post 1 or Post 2 at this stage. Please do not substitute a CV for the completed letter of application as a CV will not be considered on its own.

In your letter of application you should provide evidence showing clearly how you meet one of the following criteria:

Post 1 - “Experience of enhancing positive relationships with local authorities and partners.”

Or

Post 2 - “Experience of developing and implementing a public communications and engagement strategy which informed and influenced attitudes and understanding.”

You should provide clear and succinct evidence about how you have demonstrated the skills sought during your career or from your personal experiences. If providing examples, you should choose the ones which best demonstrate to the selection panel what it is you did and what specifically about your approach affected the outcome. The selection panel will not make assumptions about your examples so it is important you take the time to ensure that the information you are providing in respect of your application fully demonstrates how you meet the required competencies. You may be asked to expand on your answers if you are shortlisted for interview so it is a good idea to retain a copy of your letter of application.

The letter containing the evidence requested must be accompanied by the application form that contains your personal details, declaration, a career history and equalities monitoring information. The basic application form is available to download below and should be emailed with the completed letter to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot by midnight on 6 January 2020. Letters without the accompanying application form will not be considered.

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