The starting salary for this role is £40,227 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week.
Do you have:
- A meticulous approach, eye for detail and a thorough knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) legislation?
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral) for a range of audiences (parent/carers, multi-agency Officers and Services)?
- An ability to manage pressure and unpredictable demands relating to your workload?
If so, we would be delighted to hear from you regarding this exciting opportunity within the SEND Tribunal Team!
Surrey's SEN Area Teams administer and is responsible for statutory functions on behalf of the authority and has significant contact with members of the public and other professionals from both within and outside of the County Council, approximately 408 schools and other settings.
There are four SEN Area Teams who cover the four areas of the County, working across 11 Boroughs and Districts and each managing crucial interfaces with support services, Children’s Service and the Corporate Parenting Team, as well as maintaining excellent multi-agency working.
A high proportion of the SEN Tribunal Officer’s role is working directly with parents, schools and other professional bodies within the statutory and legal framework related to the SEND Tribunal process.
In this role it is essential to have a strong understanding and knowledge of:
- The stages of the SEND appeal process- including hearings.
- SEND decision making – the key factors that lead to robust and sustainable decisions.
- The different roles and responsibilities of multi-disciplinary professionals.
Additional skills, knowledge and aptitude required include:
- Be naturally methodical and forensic in your analysis of case evidence.
- Have excellent planning skills with a well organised approach to managing changing priorities.
- Naturally foster good working relationships with professionals and parents.
- Have well developed and flexible communication skills – in writing and orally.
- Be dynamic and able to use your initiative.
We would also like you to have some experience and understanding of Extended Appeals.
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 14 February 2021 with interviews to follow.
This is a secondment / fixed term contract until March 2023.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
Due to COVID-19, Tribunal Officers are currently working from home using Microsoft Teams Hearings are taking place remotely. There is no immediate requirement to spend time in the Office Base, although, this will be necessary on an agreed pattern of working, when COVID restrictions are lifted.
How to apply
If you would like to apply please provide a CV and personal statement tailored to this role.
Your personal statement should include:
- Why your experience with SEND appeals makes you a strong candidate for this post.
- What contribution your skills and abilities will make to the Tribunal Team.
- What makes you a good team player.
- How your experience has developed your resilience to manage occasionally significant, and often unpredictable work-related pressures.
- What are the three most important lessons you have learned in your contribution to work on SEND appeals so far.
Please add any other information that you feel is relevant to the post and not covered in your CV. Your CV should not exceed 6 typed sides of A4. Your personal statement should not exceed 3 sides of typed A4.
If you think that you would like to join the team and would like an informal conversation about the role, please email Jamie.email@example.com using the subject bar “Tribunal Officer Vacancy”.
We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) 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, 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 under represented groups.