The Berkshire Coroner’s Service is looking to recruit a Court Officer to oversee all aspects of inquest hearings at the Coroner’s Court and to deliver a wide range of administrative functions.
The Coroners Service investigates sudden, violent and unnatural deaths across Berkshire. Hosted by Reading Borough Council, the service has its central offices based in Reading Town Hall which includes a dedicated facility for inquest hearings.
About The Role
This is a customer facing role dealing with members of the public during a difficult period in their lives. We are looking for candidates with proven experience of dealing with customers face to face, particularly in difficult or distressing circumstances. Previous experience of working in a court setting or similar environment is desirable, although not essential.
The role will require you to work flexibly and collaboratively with the Coroner, Coroner’s Officers and Court Volunteers to provide an effective and efficient service. You will liaise with bereaved families and others attending court to ensure they are fully aware of the process as well as making sure inquest hearings are held to the required legal standards.
You will have excellent communication skills both written and oral and the ability to deal with bereaved family members in a professional and empathetic manner. The ability to communicate with people at all levels and from many disciplines is required.
You will also have excellent administrative skills including experience of using IT systems and databases.
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
- Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
- Employee Assistance Programme - round-the-clock access to free, impartial and completely confidential support and advice from trained therapists and legal experts
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
- Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
- Cycle salary sacrifice scheme
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
For an informal conversation about this role please contact Hazel Sharkey on 0118 937 2527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.