DIRECTORATE: RESOURCES, FINANCE AND TRANSFORMATION
PAY BAND: 7
£29,344 – £31,546 depending on experience + London Weighting of £3,371 where appropriate
The Office for Students is a new regulatory body, established in April 2018. We work in the interests of anyone in England who has the ability and desire to access higher education – particularly those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. We’re here to make sure that every higher education student in England:
- is able to access, succeed in, and progress from higher education
- receives a high-quality academic experience
- has his or her interests protected while they study
- can progress to employment or further study
- receives value for money.
Working within our newly established legal team, you’ll have the chance to work on novel legal issues and create precedent. This is a real and rare chance for you to make your mark by applying your existing skills across bespoke and complex areas of law.
Here, you won’t focus solely on advisory, litigation or investigatory work: you’ll cover all three – forging solutions to cases as diverse as the students who seek your expertise. There are opportunities to manage caseloads with significant responsibility, beyond what you would normally expect in private practice, but without the stress of that environment.
Should you choose to join us, we believe you’ll be surprised by the extent of what we’re doing, and impressed by the positive differences you could make for our diverse and exciting group of clients.
As Paralegal, you’ll provide support for a broad range of legal across the regulatory body, including our internal corporate activities.
You’ll play an important role in supporting the legal team in establishing and maintaining the operation of our legal function.
You’ll have experience of many relevant legal practice areas, which you’ll have gained academically, or preferably in practice including public and regulatory law.
On top of this, you’ll need:
- an ability to analyse and advise on complex legal issues
- a sensitivity to politics,
- an ability to understand the needs of, and work collaboratively with, external stakeholders
- an ability to adopt a creative and innovative approach to legal issues
- excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
- an ability to influence and negotiate.
Please note: while the Office for Students is outside of the Civil Service, this position provides access to a civil service pension and the benefits this brings.