OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF TYNWALD
Responsible to: Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Responsible for: Legislative Services Team(s)
Salary: £48,842 to £56,875
date: 12.00 noon Tuesday 12th October 2021
is the parliament of the Isle of Man and has unlimited, though not exclusive,
legislative competence. It has three Chambers: the 24-member House of Keys,
which is popularly elected; the 11-member Legislative Council, which is for the
most part elected by the House of Keys; and the 35-member Tynwald Court, comprised
of the first two Chambers (referred to as the “Branches of Tynwald”) sitting
Office of the Clerk of Tynwald is an organisation of around 25 people with annual
net expenditure of around £2 million. (This figure excludes Members’
emoluments.) The Office aims to deliver services of the highest quality to Tynwald
and the public, while maintaining a reputation for excellence both on and off
the Isle of Man. Despite Tynwald’s tricameral structure, the Office operates as
a single organisation providing support to all three Chambers.
Services will play a pivotal role at the heart of the Office’s senior
management team. The postholder will lead the team delivering core parliamentary
services including research, the clerking of scrutiny and procedural
committees, administrative support for sittings, publications and delivering Hansard. The postholder may be required to undertake
duties outside of office hours from time to time usually agreed in advance.
postholder will also lead delivery and development across the full range of the
Office’s services to Members and the public, exploiting technology to improve
efficiency while motivating staff and engaging positively with stakeholders and
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The tasks and
functions of the post holder as Head of Legislative Services are:
being accountable for the performance and
delivery of the Legislative Services
team by ensuring the delivery of high-quality outputs and services, on
time and within budget;
coach and review the work performed by the team;
as a member of the senior management team
supporting the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk by providing advice, acting as line
manager to section heads, serving on recruitment and selection panels and exercising
functions set out in the Office’s Staff Management Procedures
Service delivery – co-ordinating all aspects of
delivering effective and efficient legislative services to Members of
Tynwald and the public.
Chamber duties – to exercise the function of the
Third Clerk of Tynwald as set out in the Standing Orders of Tynwald; to be able
to deputise for the Clerk of the Legislative Council and potentially for the
Secretary of the House of Keys.
Research – ensuring the delivery of high
quality, informative parliamentary briefing papers and research services to committees
and individual Members.
Committee – clerking at least one permanent
scrutiny committee, which will involve managing inquiries into a range of economic,
social, environmental, constitutional or financial topics.
Editorial – peer reviewing team work to ensure
quality, accuracy and timeliness of work; ownership of the Tynwald house style
Publications – supporting the delivery of
material for publication on a variety of platforms ensuring that it is produced
and published within predetermined timescales.
Hansard – alongside overall responsibility for
the timely and accurate publication of the Official Report to build and
maintain business relationships with external customers and service providers.
Communications – managing and developing the
profile of legislative services offered by the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald
to Members of Tynwald, the public and other parliaments.
Information management – managing information
and records in accordance with established policies and statutory requirements.
Project management – delivering specific
projects as required by the Clerk of Tynwald and taking a full and active part
in any cross-team working required to achieve this.
Other duties may be specified by the Clerk of
Tynwald from time to time.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
following criteria are essential:
proven track record of delivering services to
strong written English language skills with
experience of proof reading
a high attention to detail
the ability to analyse information and to understand
and explain complex arguments
practical experience of effective team leadership
with a proven track record of getting the best from people
team player with a flexible outlook and a can-do
following criteria are desirable:
experience of working in a politically led
experience of delivering public services
experience of writing impartial papers for an
familiarity with digital editorial or publishing
familiarity with publication processes
willingness to work outside of office hours
INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
The Office of the Clerk of Tynwald offers an inclusive
workplace culture and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates
regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual
orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
post is remunerated on salary scale from £48,842 and £56,875 and has an annual
leave allowance of 21 days on appointment.
Office of the Clerk of Tynwald operates a flexi scheme for hours of work. This
requires that staff normally work a 37-hour week, but there may be flexibility
regarding starting times and finishing times within the constraints of the
needs of the Office and subject to agreement with the postholder’s line
manager. The postholder will be required to work on Tynwald Day, a public
holiday in the Isle of Man.
employed in the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald are officers of Tynwald and not
employees of the Public Services Commission (PSC). However, they are generally
employed under PSC terms and conditions. Should an existing PSC civil servant be
appointed to this post, they would cease to be classified as a civil servant,
but would continue in the Government Unified Pension Scheme and years of
service would be taken into account in determining annual leave allowances etc.
for this role please submit to the Deputy Clerk, Joann Corkish, by 12 noon on Tuesday
12th October 2021:
a completed application form (Pdf);
a CV, which must include the information
specified at the top of the application form; and
a research paper of 1200 - 1500 words – see Research Exercise brief.
If you require assistance in applying for posts, please
interview will incorporate a scenario exercise, materials for which will be
provided shortly before the interview. Any shortlisted applicant who would
require particular arrangements to attend or take part in an interview should
let us know once they receive their invitation to interview.
candidates will be assessed by means of
the previously submitted research paper
a Personal Profile Analysis
a proof correction exercise
a management exercise
intention is to hold interviews on 01 November 2021.
applicants are encouraged to contact the Deputy Clerk, Joann Corkish, by
telephoning 01624 685511 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange
an informal discussion before applying.
20th September 2021