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Summary of role

We have a unique opportunity for a passionate individual who is committed to driving forward equality, diversity and inclusion within Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) and within our communities, partner organisations and stakeholders to ensure we deliver the best service to the public.

Some of the things you will be doing

Policy & Legislation:
• Contribute to the development of policies, processes, and projects aligned with Diversity, Inclusion, Culture & Equality (DICE) requirements within the Service Plan, People Services Strategy, and cultural improvement plan.
• Conduct research and horizon-scanning to stay informed about relevant legislation and public sector initiatives.
• Assist in completing People Impact Assessments (PIAs) and provide advice on potential impacts across protected characteristics.

Advisory & Partnerships:
• Provide advice and respond to queries from staff, the public, and stakeholders on DICE issues. Establish and maintain positive... relationships with staff, including visiting fire stations and other work locations.
• Build relationships with key organisations and communities to support community fire safety through engagement and partnership working.
• Attend meetings and events to share best practices, promoting AF&RS's role and objectives.

Community Engagement & Positive Action:
• Collaborate with staff, external partners, and community groups to contribute to positive action and community engagement.
• Raise awareness of our job vacancies and aim to increase the diversity of applications. Identify and attend relevant community events ensuring alignment with our Service Plan and People Strategy.

Staff Networks & Training:
• Contribute to the establishment of staff network meetings, providing advice and direction to support a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. Develop and deliver DICE training for staff and managers.

Support & Administration:
• Assist with the smooth running of the team. Provide support, development, mentoring, advice, and tools to enable managers to meet their DICE responsibilities.

Data Analysis:
• Collect, collate, and present DICE data and statistics as required.

What we will need from you

Essential:
• Demonstrated experience in successfully delivering positive culture change within an organisation.
• Proven ability to design, develop, and deliver effective training packages related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
• Thorough understanding of the Equality Act and its implications for organisational practices.
• Sound comprehension of the principles and benefits associated with diversity, inclusion, and equity.
• Strong interpersonal skills with a track record of establishing and maintaining positive working relationships.
• Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, to engage with diverse stakeholders.
• Proficient in using the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel, to interpret and present data effectively.
• Hold a current driving license or have the ability to arrange suitable alternative transport to travel to various work locations.

Desirable:
• Knowledge of issues affecting communities in the geographical covered by AF&RS.
• Experience of policy production and review.
• Experience of working in the Public Sector.

What you can expect in return
• 26 days annual holiday (plus public holidays) rising to 30 days after 5 years, and 31 after 10 years of service
• Local Government Pension – Defined Benefit Scheme
• Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme
• Cycle to Work scheme
• Welfare and Wellbeing services
• Staff Engagement Groups
• Access to Medical Intervention Scheme
• Access to Blue Light card with offers online and high street discounts
• Use of the multi-gym, sports hall, restaurant, free parking and beautiful open surroundings at our Headquarters in Portishead.

With effect from July 2023 legislation was amended to enable all Fire & Rescue Services to undertake standard DBS checks for all employees. All job roles require a standard DBS check, with certain defined roles requiring an enhanced check. These will be renewed throughout employment.

How to apply:

The job description is available to download on our website https://www.yesyoucan.careers/node/472.

Once you have read the job description please complete the application form telling us how your skills, qualifications and experience match those required for this role, and provide examples wherever you can. The information you give us will assist us in our shortlisting process.

If you experience any issues with the application or require a paper version please contact [email protected]. Late applications will not be accepted. Please quote job reference number 3405 on any communications. Thank you.

Further Information:
• Interview date: 21st & 23rd February 2024

Avon Fire & Rescue Service is committed to securing equality of opportunity. We welcome applications from all members of our community who are currently under-represented at Avon Fire & Rescue Service, particularly women, Disabled people and members of ethnic minority communities.

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 24 months

Pay: £33,945.00-£36,648.00 per year

Benefits:
• Company pension
• Cycle to work scheme
• Employee discount
• Free parking
• On-site gym
• On-site parking
• Work from home

Schedule:
• Flexitime
• Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 12/02/2024
Reference ID: 3405
Portishead UK

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