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UNISON NORTH WEST REGION REGIONAL EQUALITIES OFFICER – R6/38T FIXED TERM MATERNITY COVER FOR UP TO 10 MONTHS (SUBJECT TO 4 WEEKS NOTICE) JOB DESCRIPTION Grade: 3 Salary: £37,206 p.a. on a scale rising by annual increments to an eventual maximum of £39,404 p.a. Hours: 35 per week Location: North West Region Reports to: Team Leader, Education and Equalities Team Overall Summary To identify and implement, in association with the Regional Self-Organised Groups, the Regional Committee, other lay structures and the Regional Management Team, policies, strategies and methods for developing women, black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members and self-organisation within the Region. To promote good practice within the organisation and collective bargaining processes of the union, especially in relation to equality legislation and issues, and to provide necessary support and advice to members, activists and officers. To provide advice and develop strategies to achieve the implementation of UNISON’s policies for equalities including proportionality, self-organisation, fair representation and recruitment. Assist in the development of a national strategy for women, black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members with external agencies and national and regional service groups. Key Tasks and Responsibilities Key tasks and responsibilities appropriate to this post are listed below. Organisational Organise and consult women, black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, and deal directly with members’ queries and problems referring issues and opinions as appropriate. Guide and develop the work of the Regional Self-Organised Groups and the Regional Equalities Committee. Ensure that the Regional Self-Organised Groups and the Regional Equalities Committee and other appropriate UNISON bodies operate within the objectives and rules of UNISON. Provide policy advice and guidance to SOGs and Branch Equalities Officers Co-ordinate member training activities in relation to union representation skills and in developing women, black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members to play an active role within the union. Organise Regional Self-Organised Group Conferences, elections, events and campaigns as appropriate. Organise the regional delegation to the National Self-Organised Group Conferences. Administrative Act as officer to appropriate regional lay structures. Oversee the budgets of relevant self-organised and equalities groups/committees Prepare reports and oversee, agendas, minutes and correspondence, as appropriate relating to self -organisation issues. Delegate appropriate work to other staff involved in the development of equalities services including secretarial and clerical staff. Provide assistance at the National Self-Organised Conferences as appropriate. Communications/Co-ordination (Internal) Participate in appropriate regional meetings and communicate to appropriate service and management heads and across regions. Develop and maintain links with UNISON branches in relation to relevant equality issues, development and proportionality strategies across the region. Provide advice and guidance to branches and support in the development of branch self- organisation organisation and women, black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members’ issues. Give briefings and presentations to branches, regional committees and staff on relevant issues. To develop and deliver equalities education across the Region and tutor on branch and regional courses Communication/Co-ordination (External) Represent UNISON, its members and aims and objectives to employers, the media and other appropriate organisations and individuals to meet members' service requirements. Organise and support member representative groups as above, as necessary. Advise regional and national consultative groups as required. Promote UNISON’s aims, objectives and policy, particularly concerning proportionality, fair representation, self-organisation and equal opportunities to outside organisations including guest lecturing and tutoring. Establish links with groups, organisation, and campaigns promoting UNISON’s policies. Specialist/Technical Undertake all work within the aims and objectives of UNISON particularly as regards initiating and developing equal opportunities strategies and programmes in the Region. Provide technical advice to organising staff, management and employers on representation of members relating to European equalities legislation, equal pay, harassment, discrimination law and Employment Tribunal procedures and develop and provide training jointly with employers where appropriate. Develop in association with the Regional Self-Organised Groups, education structures and Regional Committee, an education programme on equalities including tutoring where appropriate. Develop and deliver courses for branches and the region, which promote equalities organisation, issues or conditions of service. Participate in national projects, e.g. developing material for equalities education. Develop and deliver in-service training for staff including organising staff in equalities issues. Participate in the recruitment of women, black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, stewards and branch officers. Advise on policy development at local and regional level. Support, represent and advocate on behalf of women, black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members facing harassment, bullying and other forms of discrimination. NB This job involves occasional weekend and evening work, with some travelling outside the North West area and with the added limited requirement of some residential work, ie attendance at National conferences, etc. Other Information Please submit three copies of your completed application form. Completed application forms must be received by HRM Unit, Organisation & Staff Development, UNISON, 1 Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9AJ no later than Wednesday 31 March 2010. Please note that we are unable to contact those applicants who have not been shortlisted for interview. Therefore, if you have not heard from us by Friday 30 April 2010 please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion. UNISON REGIONAL EQUALITIES OFFICER (FIXED TERM MATERNITY COVER FOR UP TO 10 MTHS) NORTH WEST REGION PERSON SPECIFICATION UNISON is an equal opportunities employer, committed to providing equal opportunities regardless of race, marital status, gender, sexuality, disablement or age (up to 65). This Person Specification is designed to help members of Interviewing Panels judge the qualities of the interviewees in a systematic and consistent way and in accordance with UNISON's equal opportunities policy. It is given to all job applicants for information. Organisational Ability to motivate members and activists throughout the Region; inherent within this are organisational and decision-making skills. The ability to engage and maintain working relationships with lay officers and members in relation to equalities. Effective judgement required in making decisions of the referral of member issues and the interpretation of UNISON policy. Ability to work on own initiative with demonstrable results. Able to work under pressure and organise work to meet deadlines with minimal supervision. Ability to manage and prioritise own workload. Administrative Effective administrative and self-organising skills. Experience of establishing and maintaining appropriate files and records Communications/Co-ordination (Internal and External) Ability to write committee reports, draft correspondence and assist in the production of publicity and information materials. Good communication skills (written and verbal) and commitment to developing communication and feedback mechanisms amongst the Region's membership and staff. Ability to write speeches and present material to a variety of audiences. Specialist/Technical Some knowledge of the structure of UNISON and its aims, objectives and policies, particularly concerning proportionality, fair representation and equal opportunities. Experience in dealing with a range of equalities issues. Appropriate understanding of regional issues, circumstances and locality. Knowledge and experience of developing and delivering courses which promote equalities organisation, issues or conditions of service Knowledge and experience of developing and delivering in-service training in equalities issues. Knowledge and experience of member representation with regard to harassment, bullying and other forms of discrimination Knowledge of issues (European equalities legislation, equal pay, harassment, discrimination law and Employment Tribunal procedures) Knowledge of the legal framework relating to equalities legislation and ability to provide information and advice to both colleagues and members on equality related matters. General/Other Undertaking all work within the aims and objectives of UNISON, particularly as regards initiating and developing equal opportunities strategies and programmes. Able to deal with matters both confidentially and sensitively. Knowledge, understanding and commitment to the Trade Union Movement. A comprehensive understanding of equalities issues Knowledge or experience of how to recruit people to an organisation or union.