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The CJA is recruiting an Equalities Policy Officer

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The Criminal Justice Alliance has an exciting new opening for an Equalities Policy Officer to help campaign for race equality in the criminal justice system.

The CJA is a network of 170 organisations working across the criminal justice system, from prevention to policing, prisons to probation and beyond, including housing, health and victims’ services. Our members include charities, professional associations, think tanks and research bodies.

The Equalities Policy Officer will lead on a new one-year project funded by The Baring Foundation on ‘Tackling Race Inequality in the Criminal Justice System.’

This exciting project aims to reduce racial inequality in the criminal justice system by holding the government to account on adhering to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).

This is a fixed term 12-month contract with the possibility to extend subject to funding. The salary for the job is £28,000 – 30,000 p.a. depending on experience.

Job description

The project will equip criminal justice civil society organisations with the expertise to identify and challenge racially discriminatory policies through an ‘advocacy toolkit’; it will inform officials in criminal justice agencies on how to improve Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) through specialist guidance; and it will challenge the government where we believe the PSED has not been adhered to.

The project adopts a three-pronged approach: Empower, Inform and Challenge.

Empower:

  • Establish and work with an Equalities Expert Group of CJA members and legal experts to co-produce a PSED advocacy toolkit.
  • Launch and disseminate the toolkit widely among criminal justice civil society organisations, encouraging them to implement the toolkit in their daily work.
  • Facilitate training workshops with CJA members.

Inform:

  • Work with the Equalities Expert Group to develop good practice guidance for criminal justice public bodies on the PSED and EIAs, drawing on good practice from other sectors.
  • Launch and disseminate guidance widely with criminal justice public bodies and departments.
  • Build relationships with relevant public sector officials who will support, champion and embed the guidance.
  • Work with the Senior Policy Officer to respond to government and select committee consultations and inquiries, including critiques of EIAs.

Challenge:

  • Work with pro bono lawyers to assess the adherence with the PSED of various recent and forthcoming Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Home Office policies.
  • Influence the MoJ and Home Office to publish an assessment of the cumulative impact of all their policies where individual policy EIAs indicate direct or indirect discrimination with regard to race across their departments.

This role will also work with the Senior Policy Officer to:

  • Monitor relevant policy and political debates and developments on criminal justice and race equality issues and brief colleagues.
  • Produce high quality and engaging briefings, reports and guidance for parliamentarians, policy makers and other stakeholders with recommendations to improve policy and practice.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.

This role will also work with the Communications and Engagement Officer to:

  • Liaise with CJA members, people with lived experience and other stakeholders to understand and amplify their expertise, insights and voices on relevant issues.
  • Respond to the media and other communication opportunities to promote the CJA’s work and policy messages and to contribute to the national debate on race equality and criminal justice.

Other

  • Contribute to the general administration and delivery of all CJA programmes, events and overall objectives.
  • Conduct the duties of the job description in accordance with the operational policies of the CJA, including the Diversity and Adult Safeguarding Policies.
  • Maintain good working relations with trustees, staff and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate records of contacts and engagement with members and other stakeholders.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be required.

Person specification

Essential

  • At least two years relevant work experience (paid or unpaid).
  • In-depth knowledge of race equality issues and the Public Sector Equality Duty.
  • A strong understanding of Equality Impact Assessments.
  • Experience of involvement in the successful influencing of policy and/or practice around race equality issues (in any sector).
  • Ability to write clearly and persuasively with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to build positive relationships and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to affect change.
  • Excellent project management and IT skills.
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a small team.
  • Proven commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Commitment to the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the CJA.
  • Willingness to travel within England and Wales and to work outside office hours on occasion.

Desirable

  • Understanding or experience of the criminal justice system of England and Wales.

How to apply

You can read more about the job in our Equalities Policy Officer recruitment pack.

To apply, please complete the application form and send it – marked ‘Private and Confidential’ – to recruitment@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk. Please also return the recruitment analysis form. This will be separated from your application upon receipt.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 13 February at midnight. Interviews will take place on 2 March via Zoom. If you can’t make this date, please let us know in your application.

If you’d like to have an informal conversation about the role, please call Nina on 07803 011 358 or email her on nina.champion@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk to arrange a time to speak.

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