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Closing Date: 10 October 2022

Senior Policy Officer - Law Society

JOB TITLE:              Senior Policy Officer

REPORTING TO:    Head of Policy and Engagement

Summary of the role

The Senior Policy Officer will support the Department’s work to develop and deliver high-quality policy and research and representing the solicitor profession with external stakeholders.  The role requires strategic thinking to consider issues which may affect the profession now and, in the future, and a positive, problem-solving approach to dealing with those issues. Those with experience of developing policy in Government or for a professional representative body would be well suited to the work, as would a solicitor with on-the-ground experience of the issues facing the profession. 

The main duties of the post include:

* Proactively supporting the Chief Executive and Presidential Team on matters of policy and external engagement.

* Drafting and presenting high-quality, evidence-based policy and research papers to Committees and Council.

* Leading, planning, and managing the work of the Policy and Research team (currently three staff), promoting a culture of excellence and continuous development.

* Preparing high quality and timely responses to Government legislative and policy proposals, representing the Society at meetings with Government Departments, and evidence sessions before Committees of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

* Monitoring and anticipating legislative and/or social changes in respect of policy and practice, and to assess the impacts of these changes.

* Building and maintaining a strong expert knowledge of legal services policy issues, contributing to the Society’s programme of continuing professional development and training where appropriate.

* Engaging and build constructive relationships with stakeholders including solicitors, political representatives, government departments, sister Law Societies and others.

* Supporting the work of Society Committees and working groups as required, which may include preparing the agenda, preparing minutes, preparing briefing notes and taking appropriate follow-up action.

* Undertaking any other reasonable duties deemed necessary for successful delivery of the Law Society’s objectives.

Person specification

Essential

* At the time of application, the person must have:

* A University degree (having achieved a 2:1 or above)

And must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* At least three years’ post-graduation experience in a policy development role gained working in a Government Department or Arms’ Length Body, a professional representative organisation or in other relevant employment aligned to the responsibilities of the role.

OR

* At least three years’ post-qualification experience gained working as a solicitor in the UK or Ireland.

Desirable

* Knowledge of the legal services sector in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

* An awareness of the wider political and social context of the justice sector in Northern Ireland, including the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

* Experience of advising on Government policy proposals and providing high impact responses to public consultation exercises.

Terms of appointment

This is a full time, permanent position.  Alternative working patterns, including job share will be considered.

The position will be based at Law Society House, Victoria Street, Belfast. Some provision for homeworking is possible.

Key benefits

* The post attracts a salary of c.£40k per annum, dependent on experience.

* A contributory pension scheme, to which the employer contributes at a rate of 10% of the salary.

* Private health insurance.

* Death in Service at four times gross salary.

* Income protection in the event of long-term illness.

* Salary sacrifice schemes, including Childcare vouchers, Tech Scheme and Cycle to Work Scheme.

* Affinity scheme with local car dealership.

The successful applicant will undergo a probationary period of 6 months.

In addition to the normal public and bank holidays, a leave entitlement of 22 days per annum which increases to 25 days per annum after 5 years’ continuous service.

The Law Society is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Selection Process

All dates are indicative and subject to change.

Applications

Applications forms must be completed in full and submitted by 5pm, Monday 10th October 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications are to be submitted to fiona.dowds@lawsoc-ni.org

Email applications are preferred however postal applications are accepted to:

Fiona Dowds, HR Manager

The Law Society of Northern Ireland

Law Society House

96 Victoria Street

Belfast

BT1 3GN

Shortlisting

A shortlisting exercise will take place week commencing Monday 17th October 2022.

Interviews

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 31st October 2022.

The interview stage will include a presentation and competency-based questions. Both the presentation topic and competency framework will be provided to candidates in advance.

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