Social Mobility Commissioners

Body: Social Mobility Commission
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: Commissioners will not be required to work from a specific location. However, it will be necessary to attend meetings and events across the UK which may require overnight stays.
Number of Vacancies: To be decided depending on the field of applications
Remuneration: This post will be remunerated at a day rate of £250. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, including travel expenses and subsistence. As a post holder appointed for a limited duration, you will not be eligible for compensation upon the ending of your appointment
Time Requirements: The Commissioners will be expected to prepare for Commission meetings and liaise with the Secretariat outside meetings. The Commissioners will be expected to spend approximately one day per month on Commission business.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Expected 02.08.18 (subject to change)

  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews are expected to take place on 17th, 18th and 19th September (subject to change)

  • Announcement


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

These roles are an exciting opportunity to shape the social mobility agenda over the coming years, helping the achievement of the government’s goal of improving social mobility and acting as an advocate for this important issue.

You will:

  • actively engage with the business of the Commission, contributing your knowledge and experience in order to shape and enhance its work;
  • comment on and contribute to the Commission’s major research reports and publications, including its annual report which is laid before Parliament;
  • build and maintain effective working relationships with the Chair, the other Commissioners, and the Secretariat, to ensure that the Commission works effectively to fulfil its remit;
  • act as an advocate for the social mobility agenda, helping to drive a culture of change both within and outside government and building effective relationships with relevant stakeholders; and
  •  act as a representative of the Commission, espousing its values and work.

Person Specification

The successful candidates will be responsible for supporting the Chair in ensuring that the remit of the Commission is fulfilled fully, promptly and properly. They will be advocates for social mobility and help to drive change both within and outside government. We are keen to recruit candidates who have a passion for making a difference and have made a practical impact in their field. Examples of areas we would welcome applications from candidates with expertise in include: business; HR; Further Education; and digital communications. Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following experience and skills:


  1. A commitment to improving social mobility and social justice, and an understanding of the issues relating to this area.
  2. A record of delivering change, bringing skills that will complement and enhance the Government’s work on social mobility.
  3. The ability to work collaboratively at a senior level, constructively providing expertise and a fresh perspective, and challenging and influencing decision makers to reach a common goal.
  4.  The ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders. An understanding of digital communications would be desirable.
  5. Personal integrity, with commitment to maintaining high standards in public life and promoting sound corporate governance.

Additional Information

The appointment will be made by Ministers for a period of no longer than three years, subject to performance. Reappointments beyond the three year term are subject to performance and to clearance by the Prime Minister.



The Chair is responsible for assessing the performance of the Commissioners.

How to Apply

To apply for this post, please submit:

  • an up-to-date copy of your CV; and
  • a supporting statement (two sides of A4 maximum) that explains why you want the role and addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirement

Please also:

  •  provide your home, work, mobile and e-mail contact details;
  • provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly; and

Return the:

  • Candidate application pack
  •  Public appointment diversity monitoring form


Your application and all accompanying documentation and information must be sent to to arrive by 23:00 on 25 July. Please quote reference ‘Social Mobility Commission Commissioners 2018’ in the subject line on all applications.


Your application must be submitted in a format that is compatible with Word 2016/PDF Adobe Reader. Please use Arial font 12 in all communications.
Your proposal must arrive by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.


Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email to confirm that you have applied.


Annex A - Commissioners Applicant Pack
Annex-B - Candidate Application Form
Annex C - Public Appointments Privacy Notice
Annex D - Diversity Monitoring Form
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