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Editor-in-Chief

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary

Based: London

Posted: Fri 7 Jul 2017 Closing Date: Fri 4 Aug 2017
Employer: HMIC
Job Category: Management
Other
PR & comms officers
Sector: Public Relations

Job Description

Editor-in-Chief for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary

HMIC is looking for an Editor-in-Chief to ensure that its reports and other written material meet high standards.

This is a job for a person who cares greatly about the quality of writing, takes pride and pleasure in reading it and creating it, and is interested in the good HMIC does and can do to improve criminal justice.

Telling the public, the police, politicians and police and crime commissioners how well policing is being done, and where it needs to be improved, is a public service of great importance. Only when the police and others know where things are done well, and where they’re not, will things get better. And when HMIC reports are acted upon, lives may be saved from being shattered by crime, and victims and communities get justice.

HMIC’s power to do that good is in its voice. That voice must be heard clearly; it must never be misunderstood. People must find our reports easy to understand, and persuasive. The quality of our inspection work must shine through the quality of our writing. You may be a professional writer, perhaps a recently retired journalist or an author. Or you may be from a professional background where writing well is highly valued and always required. You will have both a strong discipline of thought and analysis, and a great pride in the clarity, rhythm, simplicity and elegance of what you write. You should enjoy producing well-crafted, persuasive material in which others may take pleasure reading.

Above all, you need to be really, really good at writing.

This is a unique opportunity, where the job-holder will oversee work on reports covering a varied and interesting range of subjects, from counter-terrorism and domestic violence to police leadership and force financial management.

The role will involve a high level of Board and senior-level interaction, reporting directly to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary (HMCIC), Sir Thomas Winsor.

Background

HMIC independently assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing – in the public interest.

Our stated purpose is to ‘promote improvements in policing to make everyone safer’. We do this, predominantly, by producing accurate, informative and timely reports, which explain what forces are doing well and what they could do better or differently.

We make recommendations for improvements that should be made and highlight good practice where it is found.

The Editor-in-Chief will supervise the design and writing of our inspection reports and other written materials, ensuring that they meet the organisation’s established high standards.

The role will involve a considerable level of cross-team collaboration, working closely with our inspection teams to ensure writing standards are understood and met. The job-holder will help to run HMIC’s rolling programme of training to help improve the writing standards of all permanent and seconded staff.

The successful applicant will also oversee the workload of HMIC’s pool of associate editors, a group of highly-skilled freelancers who revise, edit and proof HMIC’s large number of publications.

The role will provide you with a valuable insight into police forces, and the innovative work being undertaken across the country. You will gain an understanding of how forces in England and Wales are managing demand and identifying best practice. You will also learn how other organisations inspected by HMIC, such as the Royal Military Police and the National Crime Agency, operate.

Get the application form

Download the application form and notes for candidates.

The deadline for completed application forms is 9am on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Applications must be sent to Recruitment@hmic.gsi.gov.uk

For more information about this opportunity please contact Rebecca Smith by email at Rebecca.Smith@hmic.gsi.gov.uk or call on 020 3513 0502

Job description

Position: editor-in-chief

Grade: Associate – Team Leader

Tenure: an initial 6-month probation period, with the option of extending the contract for a further 18 months. The role is offered either under flexible working terms or as a job share.

Location: based in the London HMIC office (currently Globe House, near Victoria Station)

Team: HMIC private office team

Vacancy reference: ASSEIC17070946

Main purpose of the role

The Editor-in-Chief will ensure that written material produced by HMIC – predominantly inspection reports – consistently meets HMIC’s established high standards. Those standards will be contained in a definitive document which will incorporate, but go much further than, the HMIC style guide. The Editor-in-Chief will work closely with HMIC’s team of freelance editors, inspection teams and the publications team.

Principal responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief will:

• liaise regularly and frequently with HMCIC and the HMIC communications team in relation to the standards being attained in HMIC’s written material;

• through review of the most significant HMIC reports, and sampling of others (including force-specific reports), ensure that HMIC’s standards are being consistently met; from time to time, this may require intervention by the Editor-in-Chief with individual editors;

• unless and to the extent otherwise determined by HMCIC, be responsible for the writing or editing of his annual state of policing report and one or more other HMIC reports of the greatest importance;

• work with portfolio directors to ensure that the writing requirements in respect of each report are clearly established and fully understood; this may involve the drawing up of exemplar reports which are to be followed by HMIC staff;

• work with force liaison leads and others to improve the quality of draft reports and other material before they are sent for editing;

• provide feedback, advice and assistance to editors in relation to their work; and maintain regular contact with HMIC media and communications people who are responsible for the management and oversight of the allocation of work to editors, including commissioning of work, and editors’ contracts, timesheets and payment.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience

• Ability to write to a very high standard – the quality you find in the editorials of serious newspapers or in the reports of Parliamentary select committees

• High standards of clarity of thought and organisation of ideas, evidence and arguments

• Exemplary understanding of English grammar, excellent general knowledge, a keen interest in current affairs and the ability to grasp quickly a wide variety of subjects

• Good IT skills

• Reliability under pressure

• An interest in or knowledge of the criminal justice system

• Good oral communication skills

• Strong team-working skills

Civil service competencies

In HMIC, we use the Civil Service competency framework as part of our wider assessment of applicants. For details of the competencies required, please see the Civil Service Competency Framework: and the Government Communication Professional Competency Framework.

Applications will be assessed against the core competency framework indicators at Grade 7 level. Consideration will also be given to experience and skills.

For this role, the following competencies are the most relevant:

• Insight
• Implementation
• Ideas
• Collaborating and Partnering
• Delivering at Pace
• Leading and Communicating

In no more than 250 words, please complete the relevant sections in the application form to help us understand the skills, experience and achievements that you think best illustrate your ability in respect of each competency.

If successful at the sift stage, candidates will be required to undertake a written test before being invited to interview.

For more information about the interview process, please see the notes for candidates.

Equal Opportunities

HMIC welcomes applications from all staffing groups.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for anyone with a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010, subject to meeting the minimum criteria for the post.

We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a working environment where all staff at all levels are valued and respected, and where discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated.

We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, those with caring responsibilities, part-time workers or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work.

We are committed to providing all staff with opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their potential.

Contact Details

For more information about this opportunity please contact Rebecca Smith by email at Rebecca.Smith@hmic.gsi.gov.uk or call on 020 3513 0502

 

Please mention HoldtheFrontPage when applying for this role. This advert will expire on Friday 4th August 2017.

Employer Information

HMIC
United Kingdom

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