Senior Coastal Operations Officer
About the job
We welcome applications from all communities and we don’t discriminate against any identity. We’re interested to hear from you, regardless of your background.
Are you a resilient and high energy individual who has experience leading operational teams in a response environment?
Do you have a passion for developing people and love to build and support others to achieve their best?
If so, this is your opportunity to help save lives with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).
As Senior Coastal Operations Officer, you have the responsibility of the operational management, readiness and safety of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers (CRO) within Coastguard Rescue Teams.
As a calm and focused person, you are dedicated to managing the effective delivery of a brilliant emergency response service. This is a crucial service that is capable of responding to people either in distress or at risk of death on the coast.
As part of the role, your responsibilities may include:
• leading and managing a number of Coastguard Rescue Teams, under the supervision of the Coastal Operations Area Commander to ensure that the Operational Area is at a state of constant readiness.
• recruiting and inducting volunteers, including the monitoring of their probation and the provision of training in foundations skills
• leading and delivering training, identifying training and development needs for individual and teams
• supervision and management of operational equipment, vehicles and estate belonging to a number of Coastguard Rescue Teams
We operate a 24/7 on-call roster for 1 in every 5 weeks and you will be required to participate in this, acting in a leadership, direction and standards role for the Coastguard Rescue Service. By exception, this will include deployment anywhere in the UK.
Are you passionate about helping others?
Want to be part of making a difference to people's lives?
Interested? We would welcome your application.
We are looking for a dynamic individual who can flexibly embrace the requirements of the role.
As you'll be working at an operational level which may be remote from your manager, we need someone who is comfortable to act on their own cognisance, sometimes for considerable periods of time. We would love someone who has superb communication and interpersonal skills and who is committed to working collaboratively to provide the best possible service.
Your application will not be considered if you have been dismissed from the MCA in the past 24 months for failing to pass the required training for operational posts within HM Coastguard.
You must be willing to operate throughout Coastguard Areas, which may entail overnight stays.
Please note, this role is subject to health standard requirements and fitness assessments I.A.W. policy.
About Operational Delivery Profession (ODP)
Operational Delivery Profession (ODP) is the largest and most diverse professional community across the Civil Service. Many of us will have an association with several professional communities or specialisms, ODP applies to all public facing roles / or a role that is primarily aligned to supporting the work of those with public facing roles. All critical to the delivery of UK public services’.
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We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Changing and Improving
- Managing a Quality Service
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Coastguard - 3. MISSION CONDUCT & INCIDENT COMMAND - All
- Coastguard - COASTAL - 11a. MANAGEMENT - TEAM - All
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.
Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Public Holiday and Weekend £1000 & 'On call' £3000.
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Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.
Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a (Verbal and Numerical test ). If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.
Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on the 6th January . If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.
You will be asked to complete an online CV and Statement of Suitability as part of your application. When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Statement of Suitability to provide evidence of when you have:
• demonstrated good communication and interpersonal skills
• managed individuals either full-time or in the voluntary sector
• demonstrated command, control and management of operational teams in emergency response situations
• worked independently or remotely (from your manager), managing your time against conflicting demands
The sift is due to take place on or around 2nd February 2021.
Interviews/assessments are likely be held week commencing 15th February 2021.
This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role and your assessment will include:
• an interview
• a presentation
• a role play exercise
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.
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This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
- certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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