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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.

								
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