Diary Managers for the Government Equalities Office
Introduction to the role
This roles provides an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to the work of a busy and wide-ranging Department. GEO works closely with Ministers, Special Advisers, No.10, HM Treasury, other Government Departments and high-profile external stakeholders to deliver a lasting impact on equalities.
The Diary Managers will work with the Private Secretary to support GEO's Senior Management Team to deliver GEO's priorities effectively.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a team working across government at the heart of the Prime Minister's vision to make government work for everyone and remove barriers to enable everyone to reach their full potential. Efficient and high-functioning business support is vital for GEO's overall effectiveness and reputation, and the Diary Managers will be required to adapt quickly, work with a wide range of stakeholders and display good judgement.
The Government Equalities Office is made up of Department for Education employees reporting to Department for International Development and Home Office Ministers, but operates across Government and is responsible for promoting equality for women and LGBT individuals.
We seek to improve women's economic participation, and are responsible for delivering two manifesto commitments to help close the gender pay gap and to increase the numbers of women in senior economic positions.
We have a programme of work to improve outcomes for LGBT people, including responding to the results of our national LGBT survey and consulting on changes to the Gender Recognition Act.
As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, we want to make sure that we are world leaders on equalities. We have strong legislation, and our task now is to make sure that is put into practice.
As well as policy responsibility for gender and LGBT, we have a wider portfolio of work.
" We sponsor the Equality and Human Rights Commission,
" We lead Government's engagement with the Women and Equalities Select Committee,
" We own the Equality Act (which includes religion & belief, race, disability, age, pregnancy & maternity) and the Public Sector Equality Duty, and
" We are leading Government's commemoration of women voting for the first time in 1918.
We work across government, including with No.10, HM Treasury, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Justice, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and we work to embed equality through the work of the Department for International Development, Department for Education and the Home Office.
Brief Overview of the Roles and Personal Specifications
The Diary Managers play the following role:
" Managing the diary to ensure the Deputy Director's time is effectively organised and prioritised, supporting them to balance a range of senior stakeholder meetings, advising on often urgent requests and running a large team of staff
These are high profile roles engaging with senior stakeholders inside and outside Government. The postholder will:
" Manage the diary effectively to enable the Deputy Director to maintain a sensible balance of meetings and desk time
" Manage requests for meetings from internal and external stakeholders, responding to requests in a timely fashion and demonstrating good judgement
" Manage the Deputy Director's communications, including fielding telephone calls, using judgement in prioritising email correspondence and meeting and greeting visitors
" Commission and prepare briefing to help the Deputy Director get the most out of their meetings
" Anticipate future diary pressures to ensure the smooth and effective running of the diary
" Develop good working relationships with Diary Managers across Ministers' offices and Government Departments
"Work with the other Diary Managers to GEO Senior Management Team to ensure a high level of business support across the organisation
Draft correspondence and record meetings as needed
The roles offer a range of development opportunities for the right candidate, such as managing briefings and correspondence.