Private Secretary to the CEO and Deputy CEO

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Employment Type Full time We will consider part-time, flexible working, or job-share applications.
Location Hybrid · UK London
Salary Up to £42,228 (GBP) plus £3,200 London Weighting Allowance. Salary will be pro-rata for part time hours.
Team Private Office
Seniority Mid-level
  • Closing: 11:55pm, 14th Apr 2024 BST

Job Description

About us

We are Britain’s national equality regulator and a United Nations accredited ‘A status’ national human rights institution.

We uphold people’s rights without fear or favour. We use the full force of our legal powers to defend people from unfair or unequal treatment and to challenge breaches of the law. We advise on developing laws and provide guidance, training and support to enable compliance.

We bring people together to create change. We work with employers, governments and a wide range of organisations, to promote understanding of equality and human rights and we support them to make improvements in practice.

Our strategy for 2022-25 gives us a strong platform to show that we will use our powers to protect and promote equality and human rights, and that we have identified the main challenges in society where we can make a difference in our role as a regulator.

Overview of the role and responsibilities

This is a fast-paced, complex, and fascinating job at the heart of the EHRC, working on high-profile, high-impact issues concerning equality and human rights in Britain.

The successful candidate will be joining at a critical time in the organisation’s multi-year change programme, supporting the Leadership Team and ensuring the organisation’s primary decision-makers are well supported in their roles.

You will:

  • Ensure the CEO and Deputy CEO are able to operate strategically and effectively, with high quality briefing and support

  • Reporting to the Chief of Staff, organise, coordinate and quality assure briefings and advice from legal and policy experts to support the CEO, Deputy CEO, Leadership Team, Chair and Board.

  • Coordinate and quality assure meetings with and responses to correspondence from a variety of stakeholders across government, different sectors, and civil society.

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the organisation to ensure deadlines are met, advice papers are of a high quality and received on time, and correspondence is appropriately managed.

  • Note and implement actions from high-level meetings, accurately reflecting conversations and the decisions taken.

  •  Ensure effective and proactive diary management for the CEO and Deputy CEO and brief the senior team on the EHRC’s corporate calendar.

  •  Support the Leadership Team’s secretariat function including drafting and circulating agendas, tracking actions and noting and sharing minutes.

  • Support the Chief of Staff to ensure the Chair’s, CEO’s and Deputy CEO’s perspectives are reflected in key policy and strategy development and operational delivery.

  • Support the wider Private Office team to ensure the twice-weekly box summarises and prioritises issues concisely and comprehensively for decision and to note.

  • Support the Private Office team to deliver wider strategic and operational corporate support.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

The full list of Knowledge, Skills and Experience required for the role can be found in the Candidate Pack.


In return you can expect to receive a competitive salary, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (full time FTE) and access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes.

We will provide investment in your career, giving you access to Civil Service Learning, our peer learning programme, specialist training and mentoring.  

We offer a range of family friendly benefits, such as enhanced parental leave, flexible working including non-contractual hybrid working.

You will also have access to our wellbeing offering, including our employee assistance programme, mental health first aiders, health checks, discount gym membership and retail discounts, cycle to work scheme and other salary sacrifice options. In addition, we have a range of staff networks and social groups.

How to apply

You will be asked to provide:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae – we will use this to assess your suitability against the required experience, knowledge and skills for this role; and

  • In the same document as your CV, a 500-word statement that provides examples demonstrating your suitability against the Core Skills as set out in this Candidate Pack.

If you encounter any problems with Applied or have a question about the recruitment process, please contact Becky Roberts, HR & Recruitment Officer,  

Disability Confident Leader

As a Disability Confident Leader, the Equality and Human Rights Commission offers an interview for people with disabilities (as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004) and who meet the minimum criteria for this appointment.

Where high numbers of applications are received, the candidates that best meet the minimum criteria for the role may only be invited to interview. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the appropriate section on the online application form. This will enable us to make the appropriate arrangements, if necessary.

If you require an alternative accessible version of the application form or wish to discuss your application or reasonable adjustment – please contact us by email at or by telephone on 0161 829 8100

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our respectful workplace that values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background.  We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone to ensure we achieve a balanced representation in our workforce in all grades.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Sun 14th Apr 2024


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Sun 14th Apr 2024