General teaching Council for Scotland – Regulatory Solicitor

GTC Scotland

(1 x permanent post; 1 x fixed term contact for 23 months)

Salary £42,684 (increasing to £47,424 by annual increments)

Full time preferred, but open to discussing alternative working patterns

Who we are:

We are the General Teaching Council for Scotland. We register and regulate the teaching profession as a safeguard for the quality of education in Scotland. We work to maintain and enhance trust in teaching.  We are a statutory body meaning our role is set out in law – we are independent of government.

Why work for us?

Make a difference to the quality of learning and teaching for children, young people and adult learners in Scotland.

Flexible working is our default and is open to all. You will have flexibility over when and where you work, depending on the requirements of the role. Most of our people choose to primarily work from home but office space is available if preferred. You will be expected to travel to our office in Edinburgh to attend collaborative events and as the role requires. Please talk to us about your individual flexibility preferences.

Learning is one of our core principles. We will support your learning and development to help you perform at your best in your role and to develop your future career.

Annual leave entitlement is a generous 42 days.

Local Government Pension Scheme is open to all employees.

Our Values

Trust and Respect – All of us are equally important. We seek out and listen to others’ views. We support each other and build positive working relationships.

Integrity – We do what we say we will. We deliver on our plans and effectively communicate with others. We are committed to continually learning and improving.

Social Justice – We embrace diversity. We understand the importance of positive wellbeing and seek to support each other and our registrants. We want you to feel like you belong.

The Role

What you will do

You will have a key role in helping ensure we achieve best regulatory practice in our regulatory investigations and that our investigation and adjudication process adheres to the law. This involves quality assuring casework as well as developing the infrastructure and internal knowledge/skills base that supports effective casework. It also involves instructing Presenting Officers who act for GTC Scotland as part of fitness to teach hearings and any appeals/litigation associated with fitness to teach casework. 

What you will need to be successful

  • You are a qualified solicitor and holder of (or entitled to hold) a full and unrestricted Law Society of Scotland practising certificate.
  • You have role qualifying experience as a solicitor in a relevant sector and evidence of effective legal decision making and advice.
  • You have an understanding of and are experienced in regulatory casework or equivalent, ideally within a regulatory body.
  • You have high quality written, research and analytical skills.
  • You are an excellent communicator with strong influencing and advocacy skills.
  • You have experience in building and maintaining effective working partnerships with internal and external users and partners.

See Role Information for further details.

We don’t expect perfection. If you don’t meet 100% of the requirements but you share our values and you believe you have the potential to be successful in the role, we encourage you to still apply.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team where people can bring their whole selves to work. We want to hire the best person for the role, irrespective of their background. We use a recruitment platform which aims to reduce any unconscious bias.

Working Hours / Pattern

We see this role being based on full time working hours of 35 hours per week, however we would still like to hear from you if you are interested in the role but have alternative needs in relation to working hours or pattern.

Application and Selection Process

  1. Apply via the Applied platform (RS) (new window) by the closing date of 9.00am on Monday 24 July 2023.
  2. Invites to interview issued by Friday 28 July 2023.
  3. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 2 August and Thursday 3 August 2023. We advise you to hold these dates in your diary.

If you have a medical condition or other individual need which you believe may affect our interview / assessment arrangements, or your ability to be at your best please, let us know so we can discuss how we can support you and make any adjustments that may be required.

If you have any questions about the role or about the application process please contact recruitment@gtcs.org.uk

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