In short-listing and assessing the suitability of potential candidates for election as Napo General Secretary the panel will have due regard to all of the following essential criteria. The successful candidate will need to:
1. Demonstrate significant relevant experience of leading within an organisation at a senior level, preferably within a union or not for profit context where there is a requirement to recognise democratic accountabilities upon elected leaders. This is likely to include demonstrating relevant experience of providing leadership, support and oversight to large and small committees of volunteers, generating positive accountable outcomes.
2. Demonstrate the importance of building and maintaining trust across an organisation, including by delivering what they promise; being empathetic and supportive of team members; always leading by example; and encouraging empowering staff and elected officers to be leaders across Napo.
3. Be able to work under considerable pressure, including managing competing demands and to tight deadlines, whilst always conducting themselves in a way that epitomises the aims and values of the organisation.
4. Demonstrate, with relevant examples, understanding and experience of what is necessary to successfully manage a team of staff and support elected officers as well as leading and supporting member volunteers.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of what the highest standards of corporate leadership means for the General Secretary role in Napo; what challenges could be presented in this context and how they have/or would respond.
6. Demonstrate, with relevant examples, experience of developing corporate policies for an organisation including those policies aimed at changing the policies and actions of external organisations (e.g. employers, politicians, strategic partners).
7. Demonstrate, with relevant examples, experience of ensuring the work of their organisation both champions equality and diversity and challenges all forms of oppression and discrimination.
9. Be an experienced public speaker, including in a representative capacity to internal and external audiences, preferably including senior government officials and/or Ministers and/other senior union/partner organisation leaders. This will also demonstrate an ability to make good use of both spoken and written news media.
10. Demonstrate a strong working understanding and knowledge of the pressures and challenges encountered by Napo members across all aspects of their operating environments - including different elements of the probation service, the Family Court Service, Courts more generally, and prisons. This will particularly include an understanding of the professional issues, challenges and obligations on Napo members as accountable public sector professionals; and the systems and frameworks necessary to support and sustain a strong sense of professionalism across this workforce. This will enable to General Secretary to act as a credible professional champion for all aspects of Napo’s membership.
11. Have a strong working understanding of the UK’s political systems, including how different elements of these could and/or do impact upon different elements of Napo’s membership. Demonstrate an understanding of how this knowledge can be utilised to support better outcomes for Napo members – including relevant examples of how their own political engagement has generate positive outcomes for others that they have represented.
12. Have a strong working understanding of UK employment law, as well as ACAS principles in relation to discipline and grievance procedures; and demonstrate, with relevant examples, successfully using these to deliver positive outcomes for workers. Alongside this they should have a working understanding of how the law impacts on trade unions; alongside a complimentary understanding of the role of regulation in protecting and developing workers’ rights.
13. Demonstrate a strong understanding of what is involved with providing accountable leadership in collective negotiations through all stages of the process up to and including a successful outcome. In particular, this should include an understanding of the difference between strategy and tactics; the importance of maintaining trust from all sides during negotiations; what constitutes excellent communication skills in a negotiating context; and what is required to ensure accountable leadership, especially in an organisation like Napo. We would expect this will include specific reference to their successful track record of negotiating positive collective outcomes for workers and/or groups in their current and/or previous roles.
14. Demonstrate a high level of literacy and numeracy and, in particular, a capacity to understand, interpret and use data typically relevant in individual and collective negotiations for Napo members – for example pay data or other relevant staffing data. This will also extend to a working understanding of budgets and transparent accounting in an organisation.
15. Demonstrate an understanding of Napo’s legal and moral obligations in regard to managing sensitive personal information across an organisation like Napo.
16. Be a natural and convincing champion for Napo remaining a strong and independent collective voice for the probation and family court services, explaining to different audiences what this will likely mean for Napo members and how Napo organises and sets priorities. This must include recognising the importance of Napo’s status as a professional association as well as a union; and demonstrate an understanding of what this means for members; and why this impacts on how Napo organises, sets priorities and acts.
17. Demonstrate, using examples, a long standing record of activity and commitment within the trade union and/or Labour movement, preferably including activities closely aligned to Napo’s values – for example, as reflected in our partnership with affiliates organisations. In doing this they must also recognise and explain the importance of Napo being independent of any political parties and not being seen as overtly partisan.
18. Demonstrate a strong commitment to their own personal and professional development.
Additional desirable experience and qualities:
- Given the General Secretary’s leadership role in promoting the Edridge Fund, some demonstrable experience of working with and/or as a Trustee of a charity and/or voluntary organisation outside of trade unions and the Labour movement.
- Membership of a professional body and /or relevant professional qualifications to demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of professional status.
- Experience of being involved in successfully concluding difficult grievances and or disciplinary matters as an employer.
- Experience of successfully managing complaints against employees in their role as a line manager and/or employer.