Following the recent decision of our Chair, Ollie Entwistle, to stand down from the role we have now produced a job description. This provides more detail about the role of Chairperson and some of the skills that you might need for the role.

About the role

The Chair of CSRA is a great role where you get the opportunity to represent an estimated 20,000 LGBT civil servants. You get to meet regularly with Permanent Secretaries, Diversity Champions and other senior officials working on Diversity and Inclusion. You get to organise events for our members, like our annual conference. You get to develop and shape both policy and research relating to LGBT civil servants. You also get the opportunity to work with cross-departmental diversity networks, like a:gender.

As the Chair of CSRA you will also lead a team of professional and dedicated volunteers of different grades and different departments, all pulling together to make the Civil Service a better place for LGBT employees.

Key responsibilities

  • Leading and supporting a team of volunteers, of all grades and across the UK, to deliver CSRA’s objectives. This will include the need to do periodic recruitment rounds to fill vacancies as they arise
  • Developing and delivering CSRA’s business plan for 2018 and beyond, securing funding and facility time where possible
  • Delivering high quality policies and programmes to help support LGBT civil servants
  • Ensuring CSRA provides high quality events for its members including our annual conference and participation in Pride events
  • Ensuring that CSRA is a UK wide organisation with strong connections in every region and devolved administration
  • Ensuring that CSRA is fully LGBT inclusive, with dedicated programmes to support different communities within our membership
  • Developing CSRA as an organisation by growing our membership, enhancing our brand, and raising the profile of our work
  • Maintaining high standards of corporate governance, including managing our budget

Useful skills or experience to have

  • Experience of leading a team
  • Being able to organise and deliver events
  • The ability to communicate confidently with senior management and stakeholders
  • Experience of negotiating with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure delivery of a shared objective
  • Experience of managing budgets and/or managing an organisation
  • Being confident with public speaking and meeting stakeholders

Time commitment
This role is voluntary with the current Chair receiving 20% facility time from his Department. The successful applicant would need to negotiate a similar arrangement with their Department.

The Civil Service Diversity Champion, Sue Owen, stands ready to support the successful candidate in securing facility time for this important role.

For further information speak to Ollie Entwistle –

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