About The Job
Salary: £25,991 to £28,672 per annum (£13,703 to £15,116 per annum, pro rata)
Working Pattern: Part-time (26 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent Term Time Only (39 Weeks)
Location: County Hall North, Horsham
Interview Date: 29 and 30 September 2021 (Microsoft Teams)
We're looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Investigating Officer to join our Pupil Entitlement Team. Whilst much of the work will be based in the North of the county, the successful candidate will be expected to work in the South of the County when required to meet demand. The post will play a crucial part in ensuring children are receiving the effective learning experience they are entitled to.
As an Investigating Officer, you will demonstrate strong communication skills, commitment, ability to prioritise, the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, excellent attention to detail, initiative, and an ability to positively engage with families, children, schools, and other professionals.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone committed to good outcomes for children and wishing to further their career. We are looking for transferable skills that can be developed into the role of an investigating officer. Ideally you will have some knowledge and experience of working with families, children and schools, a sound understanding of safeguarding, and enthusiasm to develop an understanding of Education Law and statutory requirements.
Experience and Skills
- Developed advisory, negotiation, advocacy and persuasion skills to provide advice and encourage others to adopt a particular course of action they may not otherwise wish to take.
- Ability to record information, present reports and give evidence in Court as required
- Ability to organise/prioritise work, co-ordinate a variety of tasks in a clear and logical way and meet agreed deadlines.
- Perceptive, investigative, and analytical skills with which to make assessments within guidelines.
- Excellent written and oral presentation skills for a variety of tasks e.g. participating in meetings, working with other agencies, attending case conferences and Court proceedings
- Motivated to protect the interests of children.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Level 3 qualifications (desirable).
- Experience of successful work with children/families experiencing difficulties.
- Ability to demonstrate a good working knowledge of IT systems/procedures (desirable).
- Experience of building effective working relationships with a range of clients and partnership agencies.
- Experience of investigation/court work (desirable).
- Experience of working in an educational setting or similar (desirable).
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:
- 26 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
- Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
- A range of flexible working options
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
To apply, upload your CV and cover letter explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
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