Planning & Performance Officer - Community Justice Ayrshire (Temporary)

North Ayrshire Council
10 Aug 2017
25 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Profile



 To help deliver Community Justice Ayrshire's statutory responsibility to improve community justice outcomes and reduce reoffending during its first full year of operations. This post focuses on partnership development; performance management; strategic planning; research and information; and communications.


Corporate Responsibilities

  • To manage/deliver the Service in accordance with the Council's corporate policies and procedures and relevant strategy provision.
  • To manage/deliver the service outcomes, in the most efficient and effective way, that delivers the Council's Strategic Priorities within the Council Plan and contributes to the production of Directorate Plans.
  • To manage and monitor Capital and Revenue budgets as assigned and contribute to budget development.
  • To lead, or contribute to, the preparation of cross-service business development plans, as required.
  • To ensure the effective management and leadership of employees, where appropriate.
  • To prepare and co-ordinate reports for the Council, its Committees or working parties and to attend these meetings as required.
  • To undertake any other reasonably required duties as instructed by Management or someone acting on their behalf, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

 Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To promote continuous improvement in community justice outcomes, reducing reoffending, and the work of Community Justice Ayrshire during its first full year of operation;
  • To champion the role of partnership working in improving community justice outcomes reducing re-offending;
  • To build and manage relationships with a wide range of public, private and third sector partner organisations;
  • To represent Community Justice Ayrshire within local and national partnerships, meetings and events. This includes active participation locally within Community Justice Ayrshire groups, Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) and Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), and nationally with the other Community Justice Partnerships, Community Justice Scotland, Scottish Government, Cosla, third sector and other bodies;
  • To participate in ongoing strategic planning and delivery, including implementation and review of the Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan (CJOIP) .
  • To lead and contribute to the preparation and delivery of other strategies and plans as required;
  • To develop and implement Community Justice Ayrshire's performance management framework, including driving and monitoring progress against its Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan (CJOIP); and to influence the ongoing development of national performance management arrangements.
  • To lead Community Justice Ayrshire's research and information function, including data collation, analysis and reporting; environmental scanning; and commissioning, contributing and disseminating research and evaluation;
  • To implement Community Justice Ayrshire's communications with stakeholders, including reports and publications, and contributing to the e-bulletin and website; and to support the ongoing development of communications arrangements for Community Justice Ayrshire.
  • To contribute performance and evidence information to Community Justice Ayrshire's Annual Report.
  • To develop and deliver training, awareness-raising and presentations on community justice and reducing reoffending issues to local and national meetings, workshops, conferences and events;
  • To prepare and coordinate reports for Community Justice Ayrshire, its working groups and other relevant bodies as required, and to participate in and contribute to meetings as required;
  • To manage and monitor budgets as assigned and to contribute to budget development;
  • To influence the use of wider resources to reduce reoffending;
  • To contribute to local and national service development and service commissioning processes;
  • To manage tasks and projects, both individually and as part of local and national working groups and project teams;
  • To work in accordance with Community Justice Ayrshire's plans, policies and procedures;
  • To deputise for the Community Justice Ayrshire Principal Manager as required.







Education and Qualifications

  • Degree level with a professional qualification in health, social care or performance     


  • Application Form
  • Interview


  • Partnership working in a multi agency environment,
  • Performance management frameworks/ systems, or
  • Research and information, or
  • Strategic planning 


  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

Specialist Knowledge


  • Issues affecting people involved in the criminal justice system, in particular in relation to reducing reoffending     
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships
  • Negotiating and influencing skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work on own initiative with minimum supervision
  • Ability to manage varied workload     


  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview


  • Ability to travel throughout Ayrshire


  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-Interview Check (if appropriate)

Staff Values & Behaviours

North Ayrshire Council uses behavioural based approach throughout the recruitment process. Our staff values of Focus, Passion & Inspiration will be explored for this vacancy.

Further information on how to complete behaviour based application form questions is available on the Council's website.





We put our customers first

We understand the bigger picture


  • Provide excellent customer services
  • Meet and where possible exceed the expectations of internal and external customers.
  • Understand the performance levels and standards required within our own role and strive to achieve and where possible exceed these.
  • Know how the work we do fits into the overall performance of the Council.


We take pride in the jobs we do

We are ambitious for our community

  • Take ownership of our own actions and performance.
  • Reflect on the work we do and consider how it could be improved.
  • Have a positive impact on the lives of our customers and their communities.
  • Push the boundaries to help our customers and communities realise their potential.


We all look for better ways to deliver our services

We achieve the best results together

  • Find new ways to deliver improvements, efficiencies and value for money.
  • Embrace change with enthusiasm and creative ideas.
  • Work together and creatively produce the best outcomes for our customers and communities.
  • Plan all activities with the end goal in mind.

PVG (Adults)

This post is considered Regulated Work with Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with protected adults

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council. Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit For further details on North Ayrshire Council's policy please visit


For your information if this post requires references you will be notified of further details if you are successful in gaining an interview. Not providing relevant references when requested may delay the outcome of the interview process