Number of vacancies: 1.
Appointment will be on a part-time basis with a required commitment of 50% - 60%; the exact working pattern to be agreed on appointment. Whilst this is a non-legal post, applications from legally qualified candidates are welcome.
Location: Based in London.
Salary: The President will receive a full-time equivalent salary (£106,040pa) aligned to Group 7 of the Judicial Salaries and Fees as set by the Ministry of Justice, plus an additional £4,000 (pro rata) allowance for those based in London.
Terms and Conditions
General advice about the application process is available, along with advice on completing the candidate self-assessment.
To be considered for appointment you must meet the eligibility requirements. There is an expected reasonable length of service of four years and a statutory retirement age of 72 for this post.
The President of the Valuation Tribunal for England is appointed by the Lord Chancellor under Schedule 11 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (as amended by Schedule 15 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Heath Act 2007).
Additional Selection Criteria
For this post, the Lord Chancellor expects candidates will have sufficient directly relevant senior managerial experience. This could include for example:
- sitting in a position of authority on enquiries or committees,
- sitting on or managing panels or,
- acting as an arbitrator/mediator or equivalent in the field of tribunals, administrative law or local/national taxation.
Full details of the six competencies specific to this exercise can be found at: competency framework.
The self assessment forms an important part of your application and allows you to provide examples of how you have demonstrated the competencies required for this post. Ensure you cover the breadth of the competency area instead of trying to address each behavioural indicator. It is not possible to provide evidence against each bullet pointed behavioural indicator for each competency area in sufficient detail within the word limit. The behavioural indicators should not be used as a check list.
Launch: 13:00 on Wednesday 03 February 2016.
Closing date for applications: 13:00 on Wednesday 24 February 2016.
References requested: Monday 29 February 2016.
Deadline for the receipt of references: Friday 11 March 2016.
Outcome of the shortlisting issued: week commencing 11 April 2016.
Selection day: Tuesday 19 April 2016.
Outcome of the selection day issued: early June 2016.
The JAC is required to carry out character checks on all candidates whom it intends to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.
A signed copy of the consent form should be completed and returned to 024SPVT@jac.gsi.gov.uk by Friday 11 March 2016.
Failure to declare any matters that come to light from the JAC's checks may prejudice the outcome of your application. Please read the good character guidance before applying. You may update the character section of your JAC profile at any time. This is your continuing responsibility throughout the process for any matter that may arise up to the point of appointment.
Please read the guidance about references before completing your application. References will contribute to your overall assessment. They should provide evidence that you have the competencies relevant to the role.
Candidates are required to provide the name and contact details of two referees.
You must ensure that the correct contact details (title and email addresses) are provided. All correspondence with your referee must be via email; therefore it is imperative you ensure the details are correct to avoid any delays in your referees being contacted. Whilst there are four boxes for reference details you are only required to provide a maximum of two references.
Please ensure you only nominate two referees from among the categories below:
- If you do not currently hold a judicial post, you will need to provide two professional referees, one of whom may be a judge if they are able to provide an assessment of your professional role.
- If you are a fee-paid judge already you will need to provide one judicial referee and one professional referee.
- If you are a salaried judge you will need to provide two judicial referees.
Please do not nominate a JAC Commissioner as a referee.
Shortlisting is by way of a paper sift, taking into account the information contained in your application and references.
Individual feedback will be provided to candidates who have not been successful following the sift. For this exercise we aim to provide this feedback within approximately six weeks of the outcome email.
General information about paper sifts and feedback reports
If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a selection day which will consist of a presentation, situational questioning, and a competency based interview.
More information about selection day, including interviews
Statutory consultation has been waived for this exercise.
The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled candidates are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for those suffering from short-term injury or temporary illness. Details can be found in the JAC's reasonable adjustments policy.
Equal Merit Provision
In line with its published policy, the Commission will apply the equal merit provision to this exercise. If the Commission, sitting as the Selection and Character Committee, considers two or more candidates to be of equal merit, a candidate may be selected for the purpose of increasing tribunal diversity. The Committee will use the provision based on the data declared by candidates in the diversity part of their online application.
The relevant datasets that will be used to identify any under-representation are taken from the 2011 Census, detailed Characteristics, England and Wales (ONS 2012) and the diversity statistics showing the background of the tribunals judiciary (as of 1 April 2015), based upon primary appointment, as published on the Judiciary website.
The population of the United Kingdom ('usual residents') aged 25-74 that are women is 50.4%, while BAME is 11.3%. The proportion of non-legal tribunal members that are women is 46% and of those who declared their ethnicity 16% declared they were from a BAME background.
Diversity information for previous selection exercises is available through the JAC's official statistics pages.
The Commission, sitting as the Selection and Character Committee, will consider which candidates to recommend to the Lord Chancellor as set out in the Judicial Appointment Regulations 2013.
For this exercise the Appropriate Authority will be the Lord Chancellor who can accept or reject a recommendation, or ask the Commission to reconsider. The Lord Chancellor may not select an alternative candidate.
When considering the candidates to recommend for appointment, the Commission will consider all the information gathered.
Outcome of the Exercise
Please note that we will issue results by email to all those interviewed, at the same time. We anticipate this will be by early June 2016.
If you are not successful following the selection day, you can request written feedback. You should make this request within six weeks of the email informing you that you have not been successful. We will aim to respond to your request within 20 working days.
If you have any questions regarding this role or your application, please contact a member of the Selection Exercise Team at: 024SPVT@jac.gsi.gov.uk
For general enquiries please call 020 3334 0123
Richard Collumbell, Selection Exercise Project Lead
Tel: 020 3334 5587
David Brown - Selection Exercise Support
Tel: 020 3334 6936
Jacky Oryem - Selection Exercise Support
Tel: 020 3334 6338
Kate Williams, Senior Selection Exercise Team Manager
Tel: 020 3334 6185