• Full Time
  • UK

The Opportunity Our newly created Head of Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) post is a critical role that will provide strategic leadership to our EDI journey to deliver for both staff and residents. This is both an internal and external facing role. You will be a subject matter expert, trusted advisor to the council’s leadership team and oversee development and delivery of our EDI action plan. The successful candidate will have the chance to shape this role and make it their own. The right person for us will bring expertise, ingenuity, resilience, creativity and be able to form effective relationships with staff, members and partners and stakeholders across the county. Responsibilities You will be Surrey County Council’s (SCC) lead for development and implementation of our strategic approach to EDI.? As a subject matter expert and a thought leader, you will work in a holistic manner to lead, support and empower a variety of stakeholders to deliver sustainable, tangible change. You will use your exceptional leadership abilities to matrix manage colleagues in the delivery of SCC’s EDI action plan. Forward thinking, resilient and passionate, you will lead us towards delivering on our aspirations to becoming a fairer, more compassionate and inclusive council. You will collaborate with SCC colleagues and external partners and stakeholders (inclusive of Health and Voluntary Sector) to create transformative change in terms of skills, processes and behaviours via co-production. You will be evidence-led, using insight from data and engagement initiatives to identify strategic EDI priorities to inform the future direction of the council’s agenda for both staff and residents. About You You love a challenge and have the personal and professional credibility, confidence and resilience to be able to challenge established assumptions and ways of working. You will make a valuable contribution to developing inclusive behaviours and working practices for staff which will ultimately benefit residents. You also understand the importance of knowing and understanding the inequalities affecting Surrey residents, and the need to work with them to tackle their root causes.  You have extensive experience of working in the equalities field and you are able to demonstrate your growth, development and results as an EDI practitioner. Please find attached to this advert a job profile that outlines the role responsibilities in more detail along with the person specification. Surrey County Council strives to be diverse and inclusive and a place where we can bring our full self to work whilst being representative of our 1.2 million residents.  We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups and/or those who have lived experience. For more information on our EDI commitment and objectives please find more information here. Benefits From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff. Flexible working This role is open to remote working meaning you aren’t required in the office 5 days a week. We’re less worried/concerned about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. Equally, we care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of the wellbeing of our staff and our greener futures strategies, we’d welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you. The application and assessment process The application process will involve you answering five questions which will allow you to evidence your experience, skills and suitability for the role. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to forward their CV and attend a two-stage assessment comprising of an interview and a presentation to our Employee Reference Groups. We currently have LGBTQ , Disabled, Minority Ethnic Group for All (MEGA), Deaf/British Sign Language, Early Careers, Womens and Parents Groups run by staff. We are committed to ensuring the application process is inclusive and therefore if you require reasonable adjustments with the above please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. There is an opportunity to list any adjustments in the application form. Contact details To arrange an informal discussion or should you have any questions with regards to this opportunity please contact Nicola Kilvington (Director – Corporate Strategy & Policy) .uk

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