HR Projects Officer

Dedicated. Supportive. Unique. Join an organisation that’s just like you.

Here at Cafcass we support over 140,000 children and their families every year, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of each and every child and ensuring their voice is heard in Family Proceedings, which we’ll sure you agree is very important work.

Let’s make a difference. Together.

Whether you’re one of our Social Workers or work in our Corporate teams, like HR, then everyone as a critical role to play. And so, if you join us as HR Projects Officer, you’ll see further references to ‘Together’ as this is the name of our new relationship-based practice framework.

Built around our values, it is at the heart of the work we do and encourages us to be pro-active and to look for the strengths in ourselves and others, to build positive relationships with our colleagues, our partners and with the children and families that we work with.

If this is the type of organisational culture you think you can thrive in and you are motivated by making a difference for children and families, then read on.

Benefits that really benefit you.

We know you want to be rewarded appropriately, you want time away from work to manage your wellbeing, spend time with those important to you, help to secure your future and be trusted to work autonomously.

So, on top of a competitive salary, you’ll have an excellent holiday allowance (28 days + Bank Holidays), a Local Government pension with 19.4% employer contribution, Health and Wellbeing cash plan and the potential to bring your continuous service with you – which could mean you have 33 days holiday from day one – and a wide range of other benefits that collectively makes for a great package with a highly supportive, caring employer.

Location, location, location

We are a national organisation with 30+ offices across England. We are also set-up and used to work remotely so your location can be flexible.

However, we also know that many people are now wanting the best of working at home and in the office and the benefits this brings. Our HR team is genuinely spread across the country but has a significant presence in Coventry, Manchester Leeds and London, so you may find it useful if you are located near to one of these locations.

We represent children and families from diverse backgrounds. We want our staff to mirror this.

We particularly welcome applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds as we strive to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of the children and families we work with. We are also a Disability Confident Employer which further underlines our commitment to employ, train, retain and develop the careers of colleagues with disabilities.

Ready to find out more being a HR Projects Officer?

If you join us you will be part of a busy, inclusive team and be line managed by the Organisational Development (OD) Business Partner, responsible for providing effective project support, primarily within OD team but potentially across the wider HR team.

You will progress and implement workforce development solutions in order to achieve key objectives, including coordinating and supporting meetings, drafting and maintaining project documents and assisting with project communication. You will play an active role in the design and delivery of HR training programmes covering topics such as people management and diversity & inclusion. You will then support evaluation of learning outcomes to improve effectiveness and understanding.

You will also contribute to Cafcass’ diversity and inclusion strategy by working on specific projects and supporting various initiatives (e.g. Diversity Champions, Diversity Networks) and you will also support initiatives to improve the wellbeing of teams and individuals, working closely with the Health & Wellbeing team

To be successful in this role you will;

  • Draw on a relevant HR qualification(s) – CIPD is desirable – or relevant experience in HR;
  • Demonstrates a range of enhanced HR skills including the use of data to shape and inform business need and solutions;
  • Have experience in supporting or managing a range of projects, including project planning, maintaining project documents and producing project communications;
  • Adopt a creative and flexible approach to problem solving;
  • Demonstrate rational, reasoned and sound professional judgements taking into account all available information and data;
  • Considers implications of stakeholder views and ability to respond to feedback, modifying or making recommendations for changes as required.
  • Demonstrate and maintain credibility with stakeholders at all levels within the organisation.

The above is just a flavour of the experience, skills and knowledge we are looking for an a more detailed Person Specification is included within the Job Description (see ‘Available documents’), which we encourage you to read so that you can ensure your application fully identifies your suitability for the role.

Still interested?

Our application process is short and simple to complete. But before you apply, please make sure your CV really amplifies the experience, skills and behaviours we’ve asked for above and in the job description.

If you would like to informally discuss opportunities with us, perhaps to help you decide if this is the right opportunity for you, please in the first instance email Cheryl Rose-Coulthard, Senior Wellbeing and Learning Specialist) ([email protected]) with your contact details and best times to contact you. Please also note we cannot accept applications / CVs by email, only by completing our short, simple online application process.

Below we’ve outlined a timeline we’re planning to recruit to so you have an idea of dates. However, we will be reviewing applications as they come in and if this allows us to be in touch sooner then we will.

Closing date: Sunday 24th October

Initial interview: w/c 25th October or w/c 1st November

Final interview: w/c 8th November

We look forward to receiving your application.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We are also a Disability Confident Employer which further underlines our commitment to employ, train, retain and develop the careers of colleagues with disabilities.

Please be advised successful applicants will be subject to a range of pre-employment checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). In accordance with the DBS code of practice and our own policy, should an individual have a declared criminal offence an individual assessment will be completed. Further information on what the assessment covers can be found by viewing the Cafcass DBS policy


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