Ethical Standards Commissioner
Ethical Standards Commissioner
The Commissioner and her team work within her remit to encourage fairness, good conduct and transparency in public life in Scotland. We investigate complaints about the behaviour of MSPs, local authority councillors, and board members of public bodies and about lobbyists, and look into how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies in Scotland.

Current vacancies

Information Management & IT Officer (IMITO)

  • Full time
  • £29,850
  • Edinburgh, with hybrid/remote working options
  • Closing 30th January 2023

Are you looking for a meaningful role with a public sector organisation which has a clear purpose, vision and values and which makes a tangible difference to people’s lives in Scotland?

Would you enjoy taking a leading role in developing and maintaining an organisation’s IT systems?

Would you like to influence how a small and growing organisation manages its information?

Are you empathetic, respectful, committed to fairness, diversity, equality and inclusion and honest and transparent in your dealings with others? Would you like to join a team of like-minded people and work with an organisation that genuinely cares about the people that come into contact with it and about your welfare and wellbeing? If this is you, we’d love you to apply.

We are ambitious about the future and we are committed to being a great employer and really effective at what we do. We value people and we know that our work matters.

If you’re interested, please read on.

The Ethical Standards Commissioner is responsible for investigating complaints about the conduct of MSPs, Councillors and the board members of public bodies. We also oversee how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies.

Find out more about us here.

As Information Management and IT Officer (IMITO) you will assist the Head of Corporate Services in the development and maintenance of our IT systems, website and records management procedures.

As IMITO, you will be responsible for:

Providing IT support to the office and managing our IT systems

Liaising with our IT support partners.

Developing and maintaining, or contributing to, our policies, procedures and documentation relating to IT activity

Researching and implementing sound cyber and information security arrangements

Developing and maintaining, or contributing to, our records management policies and procedures

Managing our website

Liaising with a range of external parties to ensure our systems are properly managed.

You will have the opportunity to build this new role and make a real impact on how we operate.

Find out more about the role description and selection criteria.

The successful applicant will have a successful track record of providing IT support and managing IT systems in an office or equivalent environment and using one or more website content management systems. They will have the ability to plan and organise and analyse and present complex information. They will also share our values which are that we act ethically and with empathy and we value people.

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At this exciting time in our work, we are seeking to recruit a Public Appointments Officer (PAO) specialising in Training and Communications.

Our statutory role involves ensuring that the appointments (recruitment) process to select board members to sit on public body boards is fair and transparent. We do this by promoting good practice and providing guidance to the recruitment panels as well as auditing recruitment processes. We have recently published a revised Code of Practice which the Scottish Ministers must follow when making these appointments and are also intending to refresh our diversity strategy to support the good practice which is outlined in the Code of Practice. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to support and contribute to both of these exciting pieces of work.

The main purpose of the PAO(T&C) is to provide operational and administrative support to the Public Appointments Manager in ensuring that the Commissioner’s statutory functions in respect of Public Appointments are achieved. Although the role has specific responsibilities and skills to contribute, with working in a small office environment this will include providing cover and being sufficiently flexible to undertake any tasks as required to support the work of the office and the achievement of its statutory functions.

The PAO will be expected to be able to provide advice on recruitment practices and processes, diversity and inclusion and compliance against a Code of Practice to a range of stakeholders. Excellent communications and influencing skills will be required to deal with the range and diversity of people who contact the office and an early and effective contribution to the role will be necessary. They will also be able to run effective training courses and review the content of proposed training to assess for suitability. They will also be involved in a range of quantitative and qualitative research in support of Code compliance, improving practice and diversity.

The successful applicant will have sound knowledge of recruitment and selection processes and practices (ideally through attainment of a post graduate CIPD qualification), diversity and inclusion, and be able to advise on regulations and laws, as well as having excellent communication and ICT skills. They will also share our values which are that we act ethically and with empathy and we value people.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH WE ARE SEEKING A STRONG SKILLSET, WE DON’T CONSIDER PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE TO BE A NECESSITY IF AN APPLICANT HOLDS A RELEVANT DEGREE. THIS POSITION MAY THEREFORE BE SUITABLE FOR A RECENT GRADUATE.

Our work makes a significant contribution to public life in Scotland by providing a level of assurance that those applying for public appointments do so within a process which is fair and transparent and open to all who wish to apply. Our public appointments team play a key role in this so if you are motivated to contribute to society in this way, we’d love to hear from you.

The post is full time, pensionable and based at our offices in Edinburgh, which are currently operating remotely. We offer a flexitime scheme and the opportunity for remote working. We also offer entry to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and a generous annual leave allowance equivalent to 25 days + 11.5 public holidays. Some occasional travel may be involved in connection with meetings or awareness raising events.

We are an equal opportunities employer, committed to equality and diversity and would welcome applications from people from all walks of life. We particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the office such as disabled people, men and people from an LGBTQI background.

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Top job! Hearings & Investigations Officer (HIO)

  • Full time
  • £48,426
  • Edinburgh, with hybrid/remote working options
  • Closing 23rd January 2023

Are you looking for a meaningful role with a public sector organisation which has a clear purpose, vision and values and which makes a tangible difference to people’s lives in Scotland?

Do you have highly developed team-working, communications, analytical and people management skills alongside a background in complaints handling and investigations? Are you empathetic, respectful, committed to fairness, diversity, equality and inclusion and honest and transparent in your dealings with others? Would you like to join a team of like-minded people and work with an organisation that genuinely cares about the people that come into contact with it and about your welfare and wellbeing? If this is you, we’d love you to apply.

We are ambitious about the future and we are committed to being a great employer and really effective at what we do. We value people and we know that our work matters.

If you’re interested, please read on.

The Ethical Standards Commissioner is recruiting for a Hearings & Investigations Officer (HIO) to assist with line management of the standards team, provide cover for the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) and support the Ethical Standards Commissioner (the Commissioner) in handling complaints of alleged misconduct in breach of applicable Codes of Conduct.

The Standards team consists of Investigating Officers (IOs) and two support staff, the Investigations Support Officer (ISO) and Senior Investigations Support Officer (SISO), who all report to either the SIO or HIO. The Commissioner receives complaints about possible breaches of the Code of Conduct for Councillors, the Code of Conduct for MSPs and of Codes of Conduct based on the Model Code for members of public bodies. The Commissioner also investigates complaints about regulated lobbying.

The HIO will be representing the Commissioner in public hearings arranged by the Standards Commission for Scotland (SCS), which are held either remotely, hybrid or in person. The HIO acts as cover for the SIO in the oversight and management of the standards team. They’ll review initial assessment forms prepared by the standards team as well as draft correspondence and reports prepared by team members. The HIO will take on complex cases as part of their own casework from assessment of these complaints through to completing the investigation and reporting to the SCS. The HIO will be the line manager for the Investigations Support Officer (ISO), Senior Investigations Support Officer (SISO), and two Investigating Officers (IOs). The HIO acts as a guide and advisor to the team for assessments, investigations, reporting and in handling post-decision correspondence or other stakeholder communications.

The HIO will be a member of the office’s Senior Management Team (SMT), which meets on a monthly basis to provide updates on team progress against the office business plan and includes robust discussion and decisions relating to office governance.

It is desirable that the candidate will have a successful track record of working in or with the public sector, particularly with local authorities and/or other public bodies subject to ethical standards regulation.

Our work makes a significant contribution to the good conduct of people in public life in Scotland. Our staff play a key role in this so if you are motivated to contribute to society in this way, we’d love to hear from you.

The post is full time, pensionable and based at our offices in Edinburgh, which is currently operating flexibly to accommodate remote, hybrid or office-based working. The flexible working options are set out in our Remote Working Policy. Please note that, for remote workers, some travel may be involved in connection with investigations-related work, attending external training or networking events, or public hearings.

Starting salary: £48,426 per annum rising to £59,572 per annum after 3 years in post; there is an increase each year on this salary scale. Please note that the starting salary is non-negotiable.

Working hours: Full-time, Monday to Friday (37 hours)

Leave allowance: 25 days increasing to 30 days with 11.5 public holidays

Other benefits include membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

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Corporate Support Officer (CSO)

  • Full time
  • £25,125
  • Edinburgh, with hybrid/remote working options
  • Closing 16th January 2023

Are you looking for a meaningful role with a public sector organisation which has a clear purpose, vision and values and which makes a tangible difference to people’s lives in Scotland?

Would you enjoy providing essential support across a busy and growing organisation?

Would you like to develop business skills across a wide and varied range of topics?

Are you empathetic, respectful, committed to fairness, diversity, equality and inclusion and honest and transparent in your dealings with others? Would you like to join a team of like-minded people and work with an organisation that genuinely cares about the people that come into contact with it and about your welfare and wellbeing? If this is you, we’d love you to apply.

We are ambitious about the future and we are committed to being a great employer and really effective at what we do. We value people and we know that our work matters.

If you’re interested, please read on.

The Ethical Standards Commissioner is responsible for investigating complaints about the conduct of MSPs, Councillors and the board members of public bodies. We also oversee how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies.

Find out more about us here.

As Corporate Support Officer (CSO) you will provide day to day administrative support to the Commissioner and IT and records management support to the Corporate Services Team and wider office. The CSO will also manage incoming calls and emails to our main telephone number and mailbox. You will be educated to Higher (or equivalent) level or have gained an equivalent level of educational attainment through work experience.

As CSO, you will be responsible for:

  • Acting as a first point of contact for the office
  • Assisting with the management of IT systems
  • Managing records
  • Providing administrative support to the Commissioner, Head of Corporate Services and Corporate Services Team
  • Managing meetings and taking minutes
  • Ensuring our office accommodation is well-maintained.

The successful applicant will be educated to Higher level (or equivalent) or have gained an equivalent level of educational attainment through work experience. They will have excellent working knowledge and practical application of IT packages including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. They will have the ability to plan and organise, to analyse and present complex information and to communicate effectively in a professional office environment. They will also share our values which are that we act ethically and with empathy and we value people.

Find out more about the role description and selection criteria

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HR & Facilities Officer (HRFO)

  • Full time
  • £29,850
  • Edinburgh, with hybrid/remote working options
  • Closing 23rd January 2023

Are you looking for a meaningful role with a public sector organisation which has a clear purpose, vision and values and which makes a tangible difference to people’s lives in Scotland?

Would you enjoy taking a leading role in developing and maintaining an organisation’s HR systems?

Would you like to influence how a small and growing organisation manages its staff?

Are you empathetic, respectful, committed to fairness, diversity, equality and inclusion and honest and transparent in your dealings with others? Would you like to join a team of like-minded people and work with an organisation that genuinely cares about the people that come into contact with it and about your welfare and wellbeing? If this is you, we’d love you to apply.

Find out more about us here.

As HR and Facilities Officer (HRFO) you will assist in the Head of Corporate Services in managing the day to day HR functions of a small office and our office accommodation. You will have a successful track record of developing, maintaining and implementing HR policies, processes and procedures and either have or be working towards a relevant qualification in HR.

As HRFO, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing support, day to day guidance and training on HR matters
  • Developing and maintaining a suite of HR policies and procedures in line with legislation and good practice
  • Support, co-ordinate and deliver recruitment and induction activities
  • Undertake regular staff briefings and reminders to promote our HR policies
  • Research, source and co-ordinate staff training activities in conjunction with other team members
  • Day to day management of our office accommodation.

You will have the opportunity to build this new role and make a real impact on how we operate.

Find out more about the role description and selection criteria.

The successful applicant will have or be working towards a relevant qualification in HR. They will have a successful track record of developing, maintaining and implementing HR policies, processes and procedures as well as documentation, document trails and records relating to them. They will also share our values which are that we act ethically and with empathy and we value people.

We are ambitious about the future and we are committed to being a great employer and really effective at what we do. We value people and we know that our work matters.

If you’re interested, please read on.

The Ethical Standards Commissioner is responsible for investigating complaints about the conduct of MSPs, Councillors and the board members of public bodies. We also oversee how people are appointed to the boards of public bodies.

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