Senior Policy Advisor

​Home based
11 Jan 2019
25 Jan 2019
Clearance Level
None / Undisclosed, SC
Job Type
Page Content

About us:

Our vision is to be a world class professional body, equipping members with the skills and knowledge to prevent crime, protect the public and secure public trust. The quality of our services, the support for our members and a reputation for cutting-edge research and teaching will have a profound effect on the future development of policing in the UK and overseas for years to come.

We have four complementary functions:
  • Knowledge: developing the research and infrastructure for improving evidence of 'what works'. Over time, this will ensure policing practice and standards are based on knowledge, not custom and convention.
  • Education: supporting the development of individual members of the profession. We set educational requirements to assure the public of the quality and consistency of policing skills, and facilitate academic accreditation and recognition of our members' expertise.
  • Standards: drawing on the best available evidence of 'what works' to set standards in policing for forces and individuals, for example, through Authorised Professional Practice and peer review.
  • Building the College: developing our infrastructure so we achieve even greater efficiency and effectiveness and establish the College as an independent professional body and employer of choice.

Applications are invited for the post of Organisational Development Senior Policy Adviser

The selected candidate will work with a team of policing professionals supporting forces with Organisational Development (OD) providing advice, guidance, facilitating professional networks and engaging in peer support relating to Workforce Development. They will draft and develop evidence-based policing standards and guidance, engage with, consult and advise police forces, agencies and other stakeholder organisations.

The College OD Team work collaboratively and flexibly with colleagues in forces to embed Professional Development for everyone in Policing. We are looking for the selected candidate to bring current policing knowledge and expertise to the OD Team as well as skills and networks to complement the existing capabilities of the Team.

All applicants must hold:
  • Degree or equivalent level 5 qualification and/or significant equivalent work experience in area of subject matter expertise
  • Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development

Please see job description for full details of the role.

Applications will be sifted against the 'Essential criteria' section of the job description.

Additional information and eligibility:

This role is available with the following options:
  • as a two-year secondment to serving police officers and police staff at the rank/equivalent rank of Inspector, who have their chief officer's approval. Chief Officer's approval must be of NPCC rank, i.e., CC, ACC or DCC. Approval for a secondment must accompany an application. Police officers and police staff applying for a secondment opportunity must have a current vetting level of recruitment vetting (RV) as a minimum. Prior to submitting an application please contact your force vetting department to check your vetting level.

Central service conditions may apply for police officers and staff.
  • as an internal secondment. Please note you will be required to obtain the written permission of your line manager prior to submitting your application. Please ensure you complete an internal application form.
  • as a fixed term appointment for two years.

Temporary promotion is available for those colleagues who are directly employed by the College only.

If this post is London-based, the salary range will be: £33,237 to £39,798 working 36 hours per week.

If this post is nationally based, the salary range will be: £28,200 to £34,189 working 37 hours per week.

New entrants are normally appointed at the pay scale minimum for their grade although there is some scope for negotiation based on skills and experience.

Existing staff should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would normally be determined by applying the College's usual salary progression rules. If the appointment is on level transfer, your substantive salary (excluding any allowances) will remain unchanged (unless it exceeds the maximum stated within the College pay band) and unless the successful candidate's current salary is below the relevant College grade minimum. If the appointment is on temporary or substantive promotion, the successful candidate's salary will be increased by the appropriate promotion percentage or moved to the relevant College grade minimum, whichever is the greater.

This role is open to UK nationals, Commonwealth citizens, EEA nationals of other member states and certain non-EEA family members. There must be no employment restriction or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years, and in some cases five or even 10 years, preceding your application due to the requirement to have a checkable history for security vetting purposes. If you answer 'No' to the questions regarding nationality, then it is unlikely your application will be pursued. If you are unsure as to your eligibility on any of these points, please contact us for advice.

College posts are subject to both national security vetting and force vetting requirements.

How to apply and contact information:

Please complete the application and diversity forms and return them to one of the following:

By email: ,

By post: HR Department, College of Policing, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3EN.

If you have trouble downloading any of the documents, or for further information regarding this position, please contact us via the details above.

Please quote the job title and vacancy reference number in all correspondence.

For further information visit the 'How to apply' page.

The College is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity for all.

No agencies please.

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