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BAND D SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contract terms: 

Full time, Permanent 

Salary:

£29, 611 with the maximum salary on this scale being £33,155 subject to future COPFS pay awards. The role also attracts a recruitment and retention allowance of £3000 on entry, rising to £5000 after one year satisfactory performance in media post. We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
  • Flexible working hours (around core time period).
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.

Location:

Crown Office, Edinburgh

ABOUT THE ROLE 

Please note the main responsibilities, activities and duties of the role The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is seeking a motivated and talented communications professional to join its Media Relations team.COPFS is responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland and for the investigation of sudden or suspicious deaths so your work will regularly be at the top of the news agenda.You will help the media report on high-profile criminal justice stories and work to meet the strategic communications goals of Scotland’s Law Officers.You will be a first point of contact for national and international media and be expected to take responsibility for a portfolio which reflects the work of the organisation, from local court to serious crime and specialist casework areas such as wildlife crime.Your role is to improve understanding of the Crown’s role in criminal justice and maintain confidence in Scotland’s independent prosecution service.You will need first-class contacts in the news media and have experience of working in a busy newsroom, press office or communications function. 

General Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

Media management of high-profile criminal cases and deaths investigations       

Developing and maintaining strong links with stakeholders from within the criminal justice system and beyond

Communications advice and guidance to senior Crown Office officials and ministers (Law Officers)

Monitoring and responding to developing reputational risks

Reactive communications work under pressure and to news media deadlines

Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

Responsibility for defined specialist media work mirroring areas of expertise across the business

Attending meetings with senior staff in other agencies, including Police Scotland and Scottish Government

Post holder may be required to attend senior management meetings, including meetings with Law Officers

Post holder will be expected to undertake on-call duties on a rota basis to deal with urgent out-of-hours issues

 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA REQUIRED

The competencies form the key essential criteria for this post.The post holder is also expected to have:

  • Strategic communications experience
  • Experience of working in a busy press office, media organisation or communications function.
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of the media
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the news agenda and Scotland

If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application packs are available to download from our website http://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based. Closing date for these vacancies is: 21st October 2019 at 5pm.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

OTHER INFORMATION Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).

COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

Application Pack

Application Form

Do you want to make a difference by securing justice in Scotland?
COPFS is currently looking for exceptional lawyers to become prosecutors and help us in securing justice and upholding the rule of law.

Job Role

Procurator Fiscal Depute

Location

Posts are available in: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Hamilton, Falkirk, Paisley and Gartcosh

Please note other locations may be available in the below Sheriffdoms:

  • Tayside, Central & Fife
  • Lothian & Borders
  • South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway
  • North Strathclyde
  • Grampian, Highlands & Islands

Contract terms

Permanent, Full-time

Starting Salary

Year 1 - £32,573 rising to £36,833 in year 2 while undertaking accreditation. Salaries then move to the standard Procurator Fiscal Depute main scale commencing at £39,780 and rising in annual increments to £50,958 subject to future COPFS pay awards.We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years)
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions
  • Family friendly benefits.

 About COPFS

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all crime in Scotland; the investigation of deaths which require further explanation; and the investigation of complaints against the police.

About the Role

As a Procurator Fiscal Depute you will play a key role in the criminal justice system. You will take decisions on criminal proceedings, conduct courts and work closely with the police and other criminal justice partners to improve the efficient delivery of justice for local communities.

This is demanding role, acting in the public interest as one of the Lord Advocate’s local representatives, requiring common sense, good judgement and decision making, flexibility, legal and advocacy skills and a sound knowledge of the criminal law system in Scotland. Whilst there will be opportunities to undertake a variety of duties within COPFS, the main essence of the role is to mark cases, prepare and present cases effectively in court and deal sensitively and appropriately with victims and witnesses.You must be passionate about serving the public interest at all times; confident in making complex decisions, based on independent assessment of all the available evidence; and enthusiastic about public service and meeting the needs of victims and witnesses.

Essential Criteria Required

  • Candidates must be a solicitor or advocate qualified to practice in Scotland and hold a valid unrestricted practicing certificate.
  • Please note 2nd year Trainees are eligible to apply for this role and should they be successful in completing their traineeship and take up post by the end of March 2020.
  • Please also see our full application pack for the behavioural competences that are required for this role.

If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application packs are available to download from our website: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please note that we do not accept CVs.

Selection will be competency based.
Closing date for these vacancies is: 25th October 2019 at 5pm. 
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

OTHER INFORMATION 

Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

Application Pack

Application Form

Do you want to make a difference by securing justice in Scotland?

COPFS is currently looking for an exceptional candidate to become an Operational Manager and help us in securing justice and helping victims of crime in Scotland.  

Job Role

Operational Manager, High Court

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Location

Aberdeen

Contract terms

Permanent, Full time

Salary

Starting salary would be £24,659 with the maximum salary on this scale being £28,193 subject to future COPFS pay awards. All salaries are pro rata for part-time staff.

We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years)
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.

 ABOUT COPFS

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all crime in Scotland; the investigation of deaths which require further explanation; and the investigation of complaints against the police.

ABOUT THE ROLE

This post is working within the High Court Team which is based in the Procurator Fiscal’s Office, Crimon Place, Aberdeen AB10 1BJ.You will work as part of a team including COPFS Investigators, Prosecutors and administrative staff. You will have line management responsibility for the administrative staff that provide support to the wider team and will be required to ensure the smooth running of the team, monitor standards of work and performance and work towards effectively delivering departmental key performance indicators.You will also be part of the wider national High Court team and there may be occasional travel to other locations in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.You must be passionate about serving the public interest at all times; an excellent communicator and organisational skills with an ability to promote good team working and keep up to date with Departmental changes.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA REQUIRED  

  • Literacy and fluency in English
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft software packages
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills and be able to demonstrate effective time management
  • Be an effective, strong team leader
  • Demonstrate effective prioritisation of workload, showing judgement in reaching decisions

DESIRABLE CRITERIA

  • An understanding of the work of COPFS and the criminal law system in Scotland
  • Personal resilience to work in a fast paced environment

 

If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application packs are available to download from our website http://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please note that we do not accept CVs.

Selection will be competency based.

Closing date for these vacancies is: 30 October 2019 at 5pm.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

OTHER INFORMATION Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

Application Pack

Application Form

Candidates Guidance and information on Competency Based Selection can be found on the Application Process tab at the top of this page.

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