Vacancy -- Senior School Funding Policy Manager

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Vacancy Details

Education, Social Justice and Welsh Language Group
Education Business Planning & Governance, Education Directorate
SEO - £40,100 - £47,470
£40,100
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Fixed term
2 Years
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.
TBC

Purpose of Post:

This is a high profile post leading on a policy area that attracts huge political and public interest. The post provides a great opportunity to help shape the future of the education system and influence school funding policy by taking forward the recommendations from the CYPE Committee report into school funding and outcomes of a recent independent school funding review, undertaken by Luke Sibieta, commissioned as a result of the CYPE Committee’s recommendations.  The main objectives of the post are:

  • Manage, advise on, and develop school funding policy in Wales.
  • Take forward the recommendations of the CYPE committee report into school funding and the recommendations from the Review of School Spending in Wales.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of regulations and guidance in relation to school funding policy for local authorities and schools.
  • Provide advice to Ministers, policy colleagues and the department’s Finance team on school funding policy and any issues relating to school funding policy.
  • Lead policy official for related policy areas including school charging and school uniform policies.

Key tasks:

  • Provide advice to Ministers on school funding policy and associated legislation.
  • Lead on the work related to the recommendations from the CYPE committee’s school funding report including taking forward work in relation to the findings of the school funding review.
  • Develop school funding policy including reviewing and amending legislation to support improved standards and attainment in schools and drafting related guidance if required.
  • Provide advice and analysis to Ministers and senior officials on school funding to inform Spending Review negotiations.
  • Oversee the work related to collation of school reserves and deficits data to support and advise on key funding policy areas.
  • Work with a range of internal and external key stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, Welsh Local Government Association, regional consortia, unions, Welsh Government officials, statisticians and various finance teams) to develop school funding policy.
  • Oversee and provide advice on school charging policy and school uniform policy.
  • Be aware of emerging issues across Welsh Government which may impact on school funding and provide advice to officials and Ministers as appropriate.
  • Be aware changes to UK Government legislation and provide policy advice as appropriate, engaging with legal services and other relevant departments.
  • Establishment of a programme of evidenced based research to support policy decisions and ensure best outcomes and value for money.
  • Lead and manage all briefing requests, submissions, Senedd questions, correspondence, media inquiries, and general queries in relation to the work above.
  • Manage two members of staff (MB3).
  • Provide policy advice on school funding policy areas

Development opportunities:

This is a great opportunity to make an impact by bringing your valuable knowledge, skills and experience to a government department. You will also be able to develop your capability and skill sets by being involved in a wide range of critical work, including taking forward Ministerial commitments.

Closing Date:

24/08/2022, 16:00

Eligibility

Posts recruited to as part of this recruitment campaign are broadly open to UK nationals, those with right to remain and work in the UK and those that meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules only. Check your eligibility here:

Prior to appointment, all successful applicants will be required to produce original, acceptable documents as part of the pre-employment checks. If it becomes apparent at a later stage in the process that you aren’t eligible to apply, your application will be withdrawn, or offer retracted.

Equality and Diversity

The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.

Disability Confident

The Welsh Government has adopted the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new) staff can perform at their best.

We guarantee to interview any disabled person who meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence, at each stage of the assessment process before interview, which demonstrates you generally meet the job description requirements. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, if you are neurodivergent or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will put in place any adjustments if you were to be successful, please email sharedservicehelpdesk@gov.wales as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Desirable
No skills
No skills
No skills
No skills

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Competencies:

Leading and Communicating

  • Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed

Changing and Improving

  • Regularly review procedures or systems with teams to identify improvements and simplify processes and decision making

Making Effective Decisions

  • Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations

Seeing the Big Picture

  • Actively seek out and share experience to develop understanding and knowledge of own work and of team’s business area

Collaborating and Partnering

  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes

Job Specific Criteria:

  1. Working knowledge of the Review of School Funding in Wales and CYPE Committee Report in order to take forward the recommendations of the reports quickly in the short to medium term, in line with the already agreed timetable.
  2. Recent experience of developing and implementing policy, including experience of consultations and work with legislative impacts.
  3. Experience of communicating effectively and handling Ministerial business, as well as establishing relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes and development of policy in a constructive, collaborative way.

Assessment Process

Applications will be sifted, successful candidates will then be invited to an interview. Interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Other Information

  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘actual starting salary’, all candidates will start at the minimum of the pay scale being appointed to (this includes existing civil servants).This is not negotiable.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘type of opportunity’, this recruitment advert is not open on a Loan or Secondment basis.
  • For more information on the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for Loan and Secondment positions in Welsh Government, please see external recruitment candidate guidance.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘Location of Post’ the role/s recruited to via this campaign can only be worked in the UK, not overseas.
Francesca Jeremy - schoolfundingmailbox@gov.wales

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.

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If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

Grievance and Complaints

Anyone who believes they have been treated unfairly, or has a grievance or complaint, about how the process was conducted should either write to the Head of Resourcing, Welsh Government, Cathays Park 2, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales.  If you are unhappy with the outcome of the complaint raised with the Welsh Government and feel that the principles of appointment on merit through fair and open competition have not been met you have the right to pursue your grievance with the Civil Service Commission.

This vacancy is closed to applications.