Deputy Director, Gender Policy, Covid & Operations

Contract Type
Management, Public Sector
£71000 to £117800
Expiry Date
The Equality Hub in the Cabinet Office is central to the government’s commitment to levelling up opportunities, and ensuring fairness for all.

Job Description

We focus on disability policy, ethnic disparities, gender equality, LGBT rights and the overall framework of equality legislation for the UK. We support the Government’s policy priorities on equality and are focused on improving the quality of evidence and data about disparities and the types of barriers different people face. Our work covers statutory protected characteristics but also other aspects of inequality, including socio-economic and geographical inequality.

Job description

We are looking for a Deputy Director to lead our policy work on gender and workplace equality including particularly:

- Developing policy initiatives to ensure women benefit fully in the post-pandemic recovery; and
- The development of a package of policy measures to improve pay and workplace fairness.

The postholder will need to work closely with Equality Hub Ministers (based in three different Government Departments), with partners across Government and with external stakeholders. They will also need to act as an advocate for Equality Hub gender and workplace policy priorities, influencing wider government policy.

All Equality Hub DDs lead on a number of cross-cutting issues in addition to their primary responsibility. We are looking for this postholder to lead on:

- The co-ordination of the Equality Hub’s policy input to the Covid-19 response, including on disabled people and ethnic minorities
- Operations and business support in the Equality Hub, including HR, finance and the Spending Review.


As the Deputy Director of Gender Policy, Covid & Operations we are looking for people who have the following expertise and attributes:

Essential Criteria:

- Highly developed policy and strategic analysis skills that can be deployed flexibly across a wide range of business
- The personal presence, effectiveness and credibility to operate at a very senior level across government and beyond, with a proven track record of working closely with senior stakeholders, for example Chief Executives, Ministers etc.
- The ability to work at pace, driving progress in the face of a range of competing views and priorities
- Highly developed communication, networking and negotiation skills
- The proven ability to lead and develop a large team
- The ability to understand, interpret and communicate a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data and evidence.

Desirable Criteria:

- Knowledge of gender policy issues.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace