Chair - Social Security Advisory Committee

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Body: Social Security Advisory Committee
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sectors: Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £22,000
Time Requirements: Around 5 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    01/11/2017

  • Closed for Applications

    10/12/2017

  • Panel Sift

    10/01/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    14/03/2018

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The SSAC Chair will be required to demonstrate strong leadership as he/she sets the strategic direction for the Committee and harnesses effectively the expertise and experience of a diverse Committee membership ensuring that it operates effectively as a team. The successful candidate will have the ability to build constructive relationships at senior levels (both in Government and with external stakeholders) and demonstrate good judgement.
The Chair will ensure the Committee provides an independent view (independent of both Government and other interested parties) which reflects a wide range of perspectives.
Scrutinising, and where the Committee so decides, reporting on draft regulations entails mastering complex legal and technical detail, as well as understanding the operational context in which legislation will be brought into effect. The Chair will be able to draw on the considerable knowledge and expertise of the Committee membership during the scrutiny process, however they will need to have the capability to pick up on detailed proposals quickly in order that he/she can communicate credibly with Ministers, stakeholders and the media as appropriate.
The Chair also develops and maintains productive relationships with Ministers, Departmental officials and the Committee’s external stakeholders to inform SSAC’s work. The Chair does this through a mixture of formal and informal visits, attendance at events and conferences and through chairing the Committee’s own annual stakeholder event.

The Chair and Members have access to sensitive proposals from time to time. These are shared with the Committee in confidence.

Person Specification

• Strong leadership qualities with the ability to set and shape the strategic direction of the Committee, and to harnesses effectively the expertise and experience of a diverse Committee membership ensuring that it operates effectively as a team;
• Ability to operate constructively and build positive relationships with Board level and senior stakeholders (for example in this role you will regularly work with Ministers, senior Whitehall officials, Parliamentarians and other senior stakeholders) – communicating effectively/persuasively and demonstrating sound judgement;
• Ability to understand, evaluate and advise objectively on complex issues relating to social security;
• Ability to take an independent view (independent of both Government and other interested parties) which reflects a wide range of perspectives. To be credible, the Chair will need to be able to demonstrate their independence from the Committee’s primary stakeholders; and
• An understanding of Government policy and the political and financial context in which social security policy operates.
Desirable Criteria
• An understanding of finance and governance issues

Attachments
GIS Form
SSAC Chair Candidate Pack Nov 2017 FINAL
Personal-Information-Form 171017
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