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Deputy Director, Modern Registration Division

Contract Type
Public Sector
London based. Frequent travel will be expected.
Circa £89,000 per annum
Expiry Date
Cabinet Office Constitution Group is looking for a Deputy Director to lead the next phase of change in the delivery of electoral registration.

Job Description

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing effective delivery of a public service, including direct responsibility for an exemplar digital service, for delivering public service reform to create a more streamlined and sustainable registration system and for working directly with Ministers to shape and deliver the vision for the future of democratic engagement. 

The Deputy Director will: 

  • Oversee the running of the Individual Electoral Registration (IER) Digital Service ensuring the service continues to evolve to meet user needs, maintains the highest standard of service for online voter registration, and is well positioned to support local and nationwide elections – this is expected to include a major infrastructure improvement in 2019/20. 
  • Work with local authorities, the Electoral Commission and others to reform the registration system while ensuring registers are as complete and accurate as possible – this notably includes implementing reform to the annual registration canvass by 2020 requiring complex legislation (in three legislatures) and introduction of a new digitally-enabled data-matching model. 
  • Lead and manage the highly decentralized local government led sector through changes designed to make electoral registration financially sustainable while ensuring the sector remains able to evolve and innovate to meet changing citizen needs. 
  • Ensure the delivery of electoral registration reflects the devolution of powers over aspects of electoral administration and law to the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales. 
  • Implement the emerging strategic approach to democratic engagement focused on building capability within the electoral community and wider civil society to engage citizens in our democracy, including groups who are currently under-represented on electoral registers. 
  • Brief and support Ministers, including in explaining and accounting for delivery to Parliament and other audiences, including significant communications planning and campaigning (including working towards a new model for National Democracy Week by 2020) in liaison with Cabinet Office Communications. 
  • Work in partnership with the Deputy Director, Elections, to support Ministers to turn policy into effective delivery notably on overseas voter registration and wider efforts to ensure there is public confidence in our democracy; ensure effective programme governance, including continuing the programme’s best-inclass reputation and maximizing the effectiveness of relevant Boards, including Non-Executive Directors. 

The post holder will lead a diverse, multidisciplinary team of around 48 staff. This includes direct responsibility for the management and oversight of the 12-strong Constitution Group Analysis team. 

The post-holder will report to the Director, Constitution Group. The post holder will be a member of the Constitution Group’s Senior Management Team and take a lead role in finance, risk and planning across the Group as a whole including leading on the Spending Review for Constitution Group.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership