The starting salary for this position is £40,227 per annum for 36 hours per week, based at Service HQ, Woodhatch Place or anywhere across the County as required.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has the responsibility of protecting over one million people who live in the 650 square miles of Surrey. The Service employs just under 700 people across the County in a variety of roles. Comprising both uniformed and support staff, they all share one vision: With you, making Surrey safer. We do this by:
- Serving the needs of our community
- Flexibly responding to a constantly changing environment
- Recognising and embedding diversity in everything we do
- Solving challenges through intelligence driven collaboration, innovation and improvement.
Do you see yourself influencing our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) agenda and creating an inclusive culture? Do you enjoy engaging with others, encouraging them to represent the Service and become aspiring leaders on the EDI agenda? Are you tenacious, committed to the cause and able to inspire others? If so, then we want to hear from you!
At Surrey Fire and Rescue we are undertaking significant and fast-paced improvement across the Service to deliver our vision of Making Surrey Safer. Our Service Leadership team have emphasised commitment to driving change across the Service to create a culture that is fairer, more compassionate and inclusive. We are in the first year of our 4-year plan which will help us achieve our vision and work to ensure we are not only inclusive within our Service but also representative of the communities we serve and able to ensure our communities are safer.
We are looking for a talented EDI Partner who has a passion for EDI to develop, support and implement EDI projects in line with the Service's People Strategy. You will need to be able to challenge our thinking, thinking outside the box to bring about dynamic and innovative solutions to drive this agenda forward.
You will lead the implementation of our EDI work, building on the work to date, inspiring others to engage in this agenda both internally and externally to the Service. Bringing expertise to the field of EDI, you will be helping shape the Service's engagement through undertaking research and making recommendations on diversity and inclusion opportunities for the Service. You will ensure such recommendations are embedded in all areas of its people agenda.
This role will involve working closely with the People and OD Partners and wider People and OD team as well as senior sponsors of this work in a collaborative way to influence change. To be successful you must be passionate about EDI, highly collaborative and able to build relationships with local, regional and national partners to champion our agenda.
Reporting into the Strategic People and OD Lead, this will be a varied role with the opportunity for you to shape it moving forward over the next 3 years of the programme.
Our values are important to us and as a leader in our Service you will understand the importance of, and be comfortable in, leading by example when it comes to displaying these through your work and actions.
To apply and be considered for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- A strong commitment to EDI
- Expert knowledge of EDI policy, trends, best practice and legislation, including specific duties for local authorities
- Experience of leading change and practical application of programme management principles
- Proven ability to inspire, motivate and influence others, engaging employees on a journey of diversity and inclusion
- Experience of gaining buy in from key senior stakeholders to the EDI agenda and its importance in influencing culture change
- Ability to be open and flexible towards change, leading participation in devising solutions to problems that may occur from time to time.
If you're passionate, enthusiastic and feel you want to be a part of this journey, then please apply by uploading your CV and personal statement (no longer than two pages of A4 please) outlining your suitability for this role.
At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.
For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 16th January 2022.
Interviews will take place week commencing 17th January 2022.
For an informal discussion please contact Danni Lamaignère, Strategic People and OD Lead, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service and 30 after 5 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.