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Current vacancies

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Head of Secretariat

Vacancy ref: 88320

Closing date: 12 July 2024

The Head of Secretariat is a pivotal role, supporting the Chief Inspector and Deputy Chief Inspector to drive forward their strategic agenda and to ensure the Inspectorate adheres to the highest standards of corporate good-governance.

The Head of Secretariat must have a strong grasp of the issues across the organisation – including policy, key stakeholder relationships, corporate risks, human resources and finance – to deliver complex project work to a high standard and under pressure. They play a lead role in setting the culture of the organisation and in driving change and improvement, and they advise the Chief Inspector and Deputy Chief Inspector on a range of matters across the work of the Inspectorate.

While the role is office-based (minimum of three days a week), there are also frequent opportunities to visit prisons and other establishments and to support the inspection process, including through direct engagement with those detained in custody.