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Head of Human Resources

Key details

    Deadline

    29/01/2023 11:59 pm

    Salary

    £54,000 per annum non negotiable (pro rata for part time) with generous benefits including enhanced pension contribution, 25 days annual holidays plus public holidays and enhanced family leave arrangements

    Hours

    35 per week over 5 days Monday to Friday

    Contract Type

    Permanent. This is a full time role however we would be willing to consider flexible options

    Location

    This role can be office-based, hybrid or working from home. The ability to attend our office regularly in central London, say one day a week on average, is preferred. However we are happy to appoint a home-working candidate who lives too far from London to attend the office once a week, if they are willing to attend key events such as staff away days, and can be flexible to be able to travel at short notice to London for face-to-face meetings if required to deal with any pressing HR issues

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About the Role

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Head of Human Resources is responsible for the management and development of the people management and learning and development function within Good Law Project, in line with the organisation’s culture and best professional practice in general human resources, and inclusive recruitment.  

This role has arisen upon the retirement of the first ever Head of HR at Good Law Project.  Appointed in 2021, our small HR team has excelled in developing the organisation’s HR policies and procedures, regularly receives outstanding feedback from staff, and has introduced some ground-breaking and innovative approaches, e.g. in relation to family leave.  The team has also successfully facilitated a major recruitment drive over the last year in which our staff numbers have grown from 14 to over 30.

We are now entering the next phase of our development as an organisation, with a significantly expanded staff base. Our organisational character and culture, which underpin our exponential growth and our success over the last 2-3 years, is courageous, ethical, honest, nimble, responsive, original, risk-taking and political.  One of our most important priorities is to preserve and enhance that culture and character in a significantly expanded organisation.

We are seeking a postholder who can maintain our tradition of excellence and innovation in HR, while working closely with the senior management team to ensure that GLP’s culture is embedded and enhanced.  Also, we intend to make reasonably generous allocations of funding for learning and development and a key objective for the postholder will be to design, develop and implement a truly excellent learning and development programme in support of our professional and cultural needs and requirements.  Lastly, we have just completed a review of our equality, diversity and inclusion in our recruitment practices. and the postholder will play a lead role in implementing actions arising from this review, and more generally, in supporting the organisation to become more inclusive and diverse. 

The postholder will contribute to the strategic success of the organisation, providing advice, guidance and support to the executive director, other directors and senior managers. They will play a key part in developing and maintaining the organisation’s culture and character. In particular, they will work closely with the Chief of Staff on a range of projects and initiatives. 

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced HR professional who wants to take their generalist knowledge, wisdom and energy to an exciting and developing organisation committed to the public good and to doing things the right way – and being seen to do so.

You will strongly share our values and have the skills and vision to drive forward our HR agenda to further develop our people, organisation and culture.  You will have the strongest commitment to integrity and ethical behaviour, demonstrated throughout your career. 

The full job description, personal specification, Good Law Project values and structure chart can be found in this job pack.

About Us

Good Law Project is a not-for-profit campaign organisation that uses the law to hold power to account, protect the environment and ensure no one is left behind.

We had a primary role in overturning the prorogation of Parliament in 2019. We successfully challenged the Government’s operation of a fast track ‘VIP lane’ for awarding lucrative PPE contracts to those with political connections, and our campaigning played a key role in the Met Police opening an investigation into Boris Johnson over the Partygate scandal. In July 2023, we forced the Government to accept that its flagship Net Zero strategy is unlawful and to come up with a proper plan.

A bold, young organisation with a ground-breaking track record, we speak the truth and act with integrity. We are proud to be primarily funded by members of the public, which keeps us fiercely independent. Our organisation has experienced significant growth over the last two years. 

Our close-knit team of staff work across five core areas: campaigning, external affairs, legal, operations and partnerships. We’re nimble and reactive to external events, which means Good Law Project suits people who thrive in a fast-paced environment and share our passion for upholding democracy, protecting the environment and ensuring no one is left behind. Our culture is one of openness and innovation that encourages all staff to pitch ideas and influence our direction. We are brave, honest and decisive – those are Good Law Project’s values. We recognise the value of our employees, individually and collectively, and are committed to investing in their welfare and development.

In August 2022 we established an independent SRA-regulated law firm in London, Good Law Practice, to support and develop our work. 

How to apply

Please send us one maximum 4-page document consisting of:

  • your CV (max two pages) 
  • your covering letter of no more than two pages outlining:
    • why you are interested in joining Good Law Project
    • how you relate to our values shown below
    • what knowledge, skills and experience you have gained in your life that you would bring to this role
    • what support you would want from us to grow in this role
    • if you have a disability, any adjustments or access requirements and how we can help you during the recruitment process
    • that you have suitable facilities and space to be able to work from home safely should that be an option (excluding IT kit which we will provide)  
    • your current notice period
    • include details of two employment referees
    • your availability on 7 February 2023 for an interview.

We ask all candidates to send their 4-page (maximum) document to jobs@goodlawproject.org using the subject heading, “Head of Human Resources”. 

Interview details: We intend to hold interviews in person for short-listed candidates via Zoom on 7 February 2023. It’s important that you check your junk mail for emails from Good Law Project as well as your main inbox.

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Extra Content

Encouragement of equal opportunity and reasonable adjustments: 

GLP wants to ensure that it has an inclusive and diverse culture.  Part of this is ensuring that we incorporate equality, diversity and inclusion in our recruitment practices. This is a journey on which we are travelling. It’s Important that we attract, welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds. We are actively committed to removing barriers and challenging discriminatory practices in recruitment on the  basis of age, disability, LGBT or relationship status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or social class. We particularly welcome applications from racialised ethnic groups and/or those with lived experience of disadvantage. 

We guarantee to interview all applicants who have a disability provided they meet the essential criteria for the role.  If this applies to you, please flag that you have a disability in your cover email and we will contact you to check if there are any adjustments or special arrangements that you need to help you with either the application process or for an interview.

Key details

    Deadline

    29/01/2023 11:59 pm

    Salary

    £54,000 per annum non negotiable (pro rata for part time) with generous benefits including enhanced pension contribution, 25 days annual holidays plus public holidays and enhanced family leave arrangements

    Hours

    35 per week over 5 days Monday to Friday

    Contract Type

    Permanent. This is a full time role however we would be willing to consider flexible options

    Location

    This role can be office-based, hybrid or working from home. The ability to attend our office regularly in central London, say one day a week on average, is preferred. However we are happy to appoint a home-working candidate who lives too far from London to attend the office once a week, if they are willing to attend key events such as staff away days, and can be flexible to be able to travel at short notice to London for face-to-face meetings if required to deal with any pressing HR issues

    Contact Link

    Apply now