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Online Safety Bill: Stakeholder Engagement

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The Security and Online Harms directorate is looking to recruit a Grade B to work in the Online Safety Bill Engagement team.

Find out more about this role by reading the information below, then apply to be considered.

The team is a friendly, supportive environment, and we are looking for an ambitious Grade B who is ready to lead on high profile and exciting workstreams, leading up to and during the passage of legislation.

As a high profile and fast-paced post, this role will give you access to very senior officials and ministers across Government and an interesting mix of senior external stakeholders from a variety of sectors.

Some of these stakeholders include big tech companies and the wider tech sector, as well as charities and civil society representing the safety and rights of children and internet users.

The role will also give you a view of how major policy decisions are made and communicated at the highest level of government.

The Engagement team is responsible for maximising support for the Bill among the public and stakeholders, and ensuring understanding of what regulation will mean in practice
– both for industry who will need to comply with regulation, and for users of online services, who will benefit from regulation to keep them safe and uphold their rights online.

Responsibilities Responsibilities include

  • Developing a strategic and proactive stakeholder engagement strategy for the Online Safety Bill across industry, civil society, and others, for the period leading up to and during passage of legislation
  • The stakeholder engagement strategy will effectively mitigate concerns and ensure understanding among stakeholder groups of what regulation means in practice
  • Developing a strong understanding of the policy in the draft Online Safety Bill, and of the key interests and concerns of different stakeholder groups outside of government; and making recommendations to seniors and ministers on how best to engage with these stakeholders
  • Planning and delivering stakeholder meetings and roundtables, coordinating involvement from teams across the Directorate
  • Providing written and verbal briefings to prepare seniors and ministers for engagement on the Bill, including meetings with stakeholders and parliamentary appearances
  • Ensuring a joined up government approach on online harms, aligning with Home Office and other relevant government departments
  • Working with the DCMS Strategic Communications team and Press Office to deliver targeted communications to the public, and to continue to make the public case for the Bill
  • Line managing a Grade C member of staff and supporting them in embedding a professional and effective stakeholder management system

You must have: Essential Requirements

  • Excellent organisational skills, and a proven ability to manage complex projects and work in a fast-paced environment
  • An ability to make sound decisions under pressure, and evaluate competing pressures to reach achievable recommendations and proposals for stakeholder handling
  • An ability to work closely and productively with a wide community of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and an ability to clearly and confidently brief seniors and Ministers
  • An ability to lead projects inclusively, make colleagues feel valued, and empower junior staff members to deliver

: Desirable skills

  • Experience of having successfully delivered engagement plans, which could include roundtables and/or meetings with stakeholder groups, to deliver an outcome
  • Experience of understanding complex and sensitive policy areas and the differing interests of stakeholder groups outside government Behaviours We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process: Delivering at Pace Making Effective Decisions Communicating and Influencing Seeing the Big Picture Benefits You’ll receive over 30% of your total compensation package in benefits: Flexible working arrangements and Flexi-time 26.5 days annual leave on entry increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years’ service

Exceptional contributory pension scheme 5 days of paid leave for L&D 5 days of paid volunteering Parental leave up to 9 months on FULL pay Occupational sick pay Brilliant and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT, BAME, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Women’s Network.

Access to one of the world’s largest learning and development platforms Masterclasses and talks through the DCMS Academy Season ticket loan, Cycle to work scheme and much more SCS T&C’s will vary, please refer to the attached candidate information pack to find out more.

Things you need to know Security Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed.

The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check .

See our vetting charter .

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

To apply for this post, please include 250 words for each of the behaviours below: 1) Delivering at pace 2) Making effective decisions 3) Communicating and influencing 4) Seeing the bigger picture (please note that in the event of there being a large volume of applications, the panel will only assess against the Delivering at Pace behaviour).

Also, please submit a CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.

Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

Shortlist The panel, including the hiring manager, will assess your experience and behaviours as demonstrated within your application.

The panel will select those demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the ‘Person Specification’ section.

Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

The timeline later in this pack indicates the date by which decision is expected to be made, and all shortlisted candidates will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible thereafter.

The Interview Interviews will consist of questions where candidates will be expected to build on the information provided in their CV and application form.

The interview will be a blended assessment consisting of a series of questions against the Civil Service Success Profiles Behaviours, Experience and Strengths.

Interviews will take place remotely via Google Hangout video call.

Successful applicants will join the department through our remote onboarding process.

This role will be based in any one of DCMS’s regional hubs.

Hubs are currently in London and Manchester, with further regional hubs set to be established in the near future.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs).

Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process.

In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant.

This includes grade on return.

The expectation within DCMS is that staff will normally remain in post for a minimum of 12 months for band C, 18 months for band B and 24 months for band A/AU and will not apply for DCMS roles on level transfer during that time.

DCMS has a London and a National pay scale.

For more information on this, including the circumstances in which each pay scale will apply, please see the candidate pack Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD).

This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences.

This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued.

Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf.

However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct.

If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Any move to DCMS from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers.

This includes moves between government departments.

You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare.

Determine your eligibility at Reasonable adjustment If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process.

For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements This job is broadly open to the following groups: UK nationals nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK nationals of the Republic of Ireland nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals Further information on nationality requirements Working for the Civil Service The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

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