Head of LGBTQ+ Policy

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Vacancy details

Head of LGBTQ+ Policy 

05/03/2024, 16:00 

Fixed Term
up to point 3 of the pay scale
Grade 7 £56,112 to £67,095
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
24 months, with possibility of an extension for a further 12 months and / or permanency
Education, Social Justice and Welsh Language Group
Pan Wales
This role provides an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Wales. Leading a small team within Equalities Branch, the post holder will work towards creating a fairer Wales by supporting the implementation of the Welsh Government’s LGBTQ+ Action Plan and delivering and monitoring a number of Programme for Government commitments. The work area is busy with a high level of ministerial attention and stakeholder interest and engagement.   An aptitude for building relationships and delivering in partnership with others is essential, as is a proactive approach to building consensus and finding ways forward through areas of difference.

Policy work

  • Track emerging issues and policy development across the sector, recognising opportunity and risk, and interpreting policy developments in terms of the Welsh Government’s ambition for LGBTQ+ work in Wales.
  • Drive forward policies that achieve positive equality outcomes for LGBTQ+ people, through implementation of the LGBTQ+ Action Plan.
  • Engage and influence across Welsh Government and externally with key partners in relation to LGBTQ+ objectives and Programme for Government commitments ensuring action committed to within the plan is taken forward.
  • Ensure delivery against the plan is monitored and reported on as required in WG systems, and learning is used to inform implementation of the plan going forward.
  • Ensuring high quality briefing and contributions on this high-profile area of work, working with stakeholders across Welsh Government and externally.
  • Ensuring the team maintains high quality, timely responses to government business in relation to LGBTQ+ work.


  • Ensure high quality spend against the LGBTQ+ Action Plan, leading the team to target funding where it makes the most difference to advancing WG’s LGBTQ+ ambition.
  • Ensure accurate forecasting of spend and work closely with finance colleagues to ensure robust management of finances and compliance.

Leadership and Corporate

  • Lead LGBTQ+ Team within the Equality and Human Rights Group, to deliver high quality LGBTQ+ policy work and delivery.
  • Lead a team of 5, within the Equality and Human Rights group, ensuring high quality line management, clear direction, and sustaining strong and productive relationships with colleagues across E&HR and wider Welsh Government, including but not limited to Health, Education and Communications.
  • Ensure clear team focus and good welfare by ensuring clear strategic direction and maintaining systematic and responsible performance management systems.
  • Ensure the team sustains delivery of high quality, timely responses to core government business.
  • Contribute to leadership of the Equality & Human Rights Division, as a member of the Senior Management Team, supporting broader corporate tasks where needed.


Opportunity to work in partnership with stakeholders (internal and external), work closely with Ministers, deliver government business and lead a team.

For this recruitment, the top 5 individuals who meet the minimum criteria will progress to interview

This advertisement confirms the overall criteria being assessed throughout this recruitment exercise. For further details on the criteria and evidence required at the application stage, you will need to press apply and review the application form. 

When presenting your evidence, you may find it useful to consider the expectations of the grade as set out in the Grade Description as well as the main responsibilities that are essential for the role. 

In the case of more than one candidate scoring the same, the panel has agreed the following criteria will determine merit order: 1. Seeing the big picture, 2. Communicating and influencing.

A starting salary between £56,112 and £62,454 will be offered to the successful candidate based on their skills, knowledge, experience and performance at interview. Final offer is at the discretion of Welsh Government. This range is not negotiable.


Welsh language requirements

3 - Although Welsh language skills are not essential for this post, they would be an asset. This role is a Welsh language skills desirable role.
0 - No skills
0 - No skills
0 - No skills
0 - No skills

Selection Process and Stages

Welsh Government, like all other Government Departments use Success Profiles when we recruit. For each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job. It raises performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

The selection process and stages are:

Number of Stages:2 stage process
Stage 1Application Form
Stage 2Interview


We’ll assess you against these Behaviour criteria during the selection process.


This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 2: Interview

Seeing the Big Picture 

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 2: Interview

Communicating and Influencing 

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 2: Interview

Delivering at Pace 

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 2: Interview


We'll assess you against the following Experience criteria during the assessment process.
CV, Experience questions

Leadership, setting vision and delivering through others

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 2: Interview
This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 2: Interview

Working in partnership with others and overcoming differences

This will be tested at stage 1: Application Form
This will be tested at stage 2: Interview


This will be tested at Interview stage only.



Relationship Builder 


You will be asked about your nationality and if you are legally allowed to work in the United Kingdom. This is to find out if you are eligible to apply for this vacancy. This is a requirement for working within the Civil Service. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria your application will not progress. If it becomes clear at a later stage in the process that you are not eligible to apply, your application may be withdrawn, or the offer retracted.

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) 
• nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
• Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Disability Confident Scheme

The Welsh Government is a Disability Confident Leader. We guarantee to interview any candidate with an impairment, health condition, who is neurodivergent or who uses British Sign Language if they meet the minimum criteria for the post.

Welsh Government has adopted the social model of disability, which recognises that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments, or health conditions, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language.

We are committed to removing barriers in the recruitment process so that all (or potential new) staff can perform at their best.

Recruitment adjustments can be made at any part of the recruitment process for candidates with an impairment or health condition, who are neurodivergent or who use British Sign Language. 

Please get in touch with DiversityInRecruitment@gov.wales to discuss adjustments for any part of the process.

Great Place to Work for Veterans

The Welsh Government operates the Great Place to Work for Veterans Initiative. We guarantee to interview any eligible former members of the armed forces if they meet the minimum criteria for the post.

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
• Prospect

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
• Pay
• Terms and conditions
• HR Strategy, policies and procedures
• Health, safety and well-being
• Organisational change

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. We encourage you to learn more about our trade unions, partnership working and to get involved in their work.


All Welsh Government staff are members of the Civil Service, and as a result are eligible for:

  • Civil Service Pension Scheme
  • 31 days annual leave (pro-rated for part time)
  • training and development opportunities
  • Cycle2Work Scheme
  • Smart Working flexible working arrangement
  • Green Car Scheme (subject to availability)

If you are an active Civil Service Pension member you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us.

Recruitment principles and complaints

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. Please see the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles on the Commission's website. info@csc.gov.uk

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and wish to make a complaint please email complaints@gov.wales. Please ensure that you refer to the vacancy reference number.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Welsh Government, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

All applications for this vacancy must be made using our online application system.

If you have an impairment which prevents you from applying online, please email our recruitment team.You can:

  • request an application pack in an alternative format
  • request a recruitment adjustment to help you submit your application

Use the 'Apply' button to submit your application. You will be asked to register if you don't have an account or sign in if you do. Registration takes a few minutes and you will need an email address.

Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form. You must complete this and submit it before the deadline on the closing date. We will not consider an incomplete application form.

If you would like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the Change Language link on this page.  We welcome applications in Welsh, and applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than applications submitted in English.

Please see the candidate guidance for more information on the recruitment process.

For information on Civil Service Success Profiles please click here.

This opportunity is closed to applications.