Liberal Democrats

Pastoral Care Officer

Full Job Description

Job Title:              Pastoral Care Officer

Responsible to:   Head of HR & Standards 

                             (but with direct access to the President)

Salary:                 £26,000 – £35,000 (+ 8% employer pension)

Tenure:                Permanent

Hours:                 Full time, 37.5 h week

Location:             Lib Dems HQ, Westminster, London SW1P

Closing Date:       Friday 25 October 2019, Midday

Purpose of the job

The Liberal Democrats have for the past six years employed a Pastoral Care Officer, responsible for supporting party members and staff who encounter difficulties in connection with their membership of, or employment by, the party. The post-holder intervenes as necessary and provides or signposts support as appropriate.

The successful applicant works in particular to ensure that any concerns relating to personal conduct within the Party are managed appropriately, and that any issues which cannot be resolved locally are referred to the Standards Officer for consideration within the Party’s disciplinary process, or to the Head of HR if it is a staff disciplinary matter.

The post-holder is responsible for monitoring complaints of this sort, ensuring they are fully recorded, arranging appropriate Pastoral Care Services if required, and acting as Safeguarding Officer in the Party for young people and vulnerable adults.
The Pastoral Care Officer plays a role in promoting positive behavioural practices throughout the Party.

Developing the role further for the future, within the HR team the post-holder will act as ‘wellbeing officer’ providing a practical first port of call for staff with worries about occupational health, domestic, financial, emotional, safety, security or harassment issues. They will help find and signpost appropriate professional support (but are not expected to provide specialist care and should not attempt to do so).

Focusing on the mental and physical health, the post-holder will design and implement policies and practices to improve overall occupational health and wellbeing of Party and Parliamentary staff, gathering data as relevant and working with the Party’s occupational health providers.

It will therefore be important to keep up to speed with the latest thinking on this topic and try different techniques and technologies to influence workplace wellbeing and improve productivity and performance.

It is recommended that you read the full job description before applying for this role.

For questions and further details, and to submit an application, please contact: 

  • A current detailed CV;
  • A Covering Letter; no more than 2 pages of A4 in length, indicating clearly how your experience and skills meet the criteria stated in the job and person specification. Please also write your name on top of your supporting statement.
  • A completed diversity monitoring form.
  • Please ensure we have the means to contact you by phone and email.

Closing Date: Friday 25 October 2019, Midday

Interview/Start Dates : Interviews will take place in the w/c on 28 October.

Applicants are encouraged to inform us if any reasonable adjustments are needed to be made during any part of the recruitment process.

Please let us have details of your current salary and two referees including one from your current employer – if you would prefer us not to contact them until a later stage of the selection process, please let us know.

We will notify all applicants when the process is complete.

Please note:  We will not be able to employ you if you are not eligible to work in the UK. We will not be able to obtain a work permit on your behalf.

The Liberal Democrats are equal opportunity employers and particularly welcome applications from groups who are currently under-represented in our staff.

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