Positive Action Advisor - People and Organisational Development - South Yorkshire Police

Nunnery Square - Sheffield Parkway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Band C: £22,599 – £25,278
19 Feb 2021
12 Mar 2021
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Full Time
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Role: Positive Action Advisor

Department: People and Organisational Development

Location: Nunnery Square, Sheffield

Salary: £22,599 – £25,278

Hours: 37 hours per week

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract – 9 Months with the potential to extend.

As the UK’s 29th most inclusive employer, we truly value the voice of our people. With the newly formed People & Organisational Development (POD) function, we are currently looking to appoint a Positive Action Advisor to join the Strategic Resourcing team within POD.

As a Positive Action Advisor, you will provide tactical leadership, support, advocacy and vision to the force to forward plan positive action, ensuring as a force that we are representative of the community we serve.

You will coordinate, develop and support the implementation of the Positive Action Strategy, promoting and encouraging recruitment, retention and progression of under-represented groups within South Yorkshire Police.

The ideal candidate will act as an internal consultant/trusted advisor that will support the delivery of the positive action initiative for the force. In addition, you will:

  • Identify and implement recruitment ideas/solutions that will increase greater workforce representation within South Yorkshire Police.
  • Monitor and analyse information in relation to underrepresented groups, prepare reports identifying what action needs to be taken.
  • Prepare and present reports on recruitment activity and make suggestions for further development of the Positive Action Strategy.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement Positive Action initiatives.
  • Develop and deliver presentations for both internal and external audiences.
  • Arrange, organise and attend community and positive action events to brief individuals from underrepresented groups in relation to career opportunities and encourage interest in joining South Yorkshire. This will include and is not limited to, Job fairs, community groups, businesses, schools and colleges.
  • Engage with people, communities and stakeholders, reaching out into communities, and developing and maintaining strong and effective relationships.

Skills, Education and experience:

  • Experience of engaging directly with diverse communities and individuals - self-motivated and able to organise time effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills credible, effective communicator, innovative and creative.
  • Experience with staff network groups or other groups developing and growing membership, work and communication plans and delivering on work priorities.
  • Understanding of positive action initiatives the legislative context and how to develop and support them.
  • Understanding of community and cultural issues across South Yorkshire communities and surrounding areas.
  • Knowledge of equality legislation and the implications.
  • Awareness of positive action legislation and the potential legal issues in relation to the use of these.

For further information relating to the role and tasks of this position, please refer to the attached role profile.


We offer generous entitlements and supportive policies to enable a better work-life balance, some of which are listed below:

  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Flexible and agile working
  • Generous ‘family’ leave
  • Voluntary CPD Events for all staff to allow continuous development
  • Mentoring & Coaching Scheme
  • Paid Professional Subscriptions when relevant to role
  • Access to a range of occupational health facilities
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Employee assistance service ( accessible 24/7)
  • Additional benefits for Westfield Health members
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sports and Social Club


Applicants must meet the minimum requirement checkable history criteria, which must be taken into account for individuals applying to work with South Yorkshire Police in any capacity.  A minimum checkable history of 5 years is required for this role and successfully undergoing recruitment vetting procedure is a pre-requisite of employment with South Yorkshire Police.

Appearance & Standards:

All tattoos and piercings must be in line with South Yorkshire Police’s Appearance and Standards policy.  Tattoos visible on your face, neck, hands or head are not permitted.  Any tattoos which could be deemed inappropriate or cause offence will also not be accepted.  If you have tattoos, you will need to make a declaration at the time of application.

Closing Date:

The closing date for this advert is Thursday 4 March 2021 at 23:55.

Closing dates are not normally extended, other than in exceptional circumstances and agreement is made with the Line Manager for the role in conjunction with People and Organisational Development.

Contact point for applicants:

For further information about the role, please email, Talent and Acquisition Business Partner Laura Brown at Laura.Brown@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.  Please do not contact this email for an application form.

Further Information:

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Diversity & Inclusion:

South Yorkshire Police welcome applications from under-represented communities.  For further information on diversity and inclusion within South Yorkshire Police, please visit the diversity and inclusion page: