Research Manager

SPS College
Closing date
22/09/2019, 23:55
Normal Office Hours
Full-Time - 37 Hours

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) are continuing to review and reshape our service, responding to existing and emerging challenges, by developing our workforce through further education, training and professional development. SPS College, which provides development for all those who work in Scottish Prisons, has recently become a credit rating body and is undergoing an exciting period of change to ensure that we have the right teaching and research capacity to inform training design, assurance and delivery.

The role of Research Manager will ensure that the SPS College is at the forefront of evidence-based approaches to learning and development within the criminal justice sector.

You will research and analyse developments in criminal justice and learning and development practice, which will positively contribute to the delivery of continuing professional development activities/programmes for staff within the Scottish Prison Service (SPS).

You will manage and undertake planned and ad hoc research projects, statistical analysis and evaluation studies and produce evidential briefings including presentation of statistical analysis and research data for staff within the SPS.
You will provide a consultation and advisory service to internal and external colleagues on matters relating to criminal justice and learning and development research, analysis, statistics and performance measurement. This will also include drafting relevant briefing papers for employees and/or external stakeholders, in relation to research published by, or on behalf of, the SPS.
Design, deliver and manage the SPS College research activities, events and resources as part of a programme of continuing professional development for staff and external stakeholders whilst managing and maintaining the SPS Learning Resource Centre.
Develop the provision of research information in parts of the business which would benefit from routine reports/summaries.
Manage and support the staff research suggestion process, supporting the upskilling of staff capacity and capability where necessary.
You will be required to stay informed and up to date with political and academic priorities, improvements and changes relating a number of areas within the SPS (including for example, the theme lead areas within the SPS College).
Person Specification

SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Behavioural Competency Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are twelve, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them , you will be assessed on these identified as key to role.

Qualifications Requirements

Hold a minimum of a Masters Degree (at SCQF Level 11) or equivalent/higher qualification in a relevant discipline.


Experience Requirements

Research Experience

Experience of conducting either quantitative and/or qualitative research, demonstrating well-developed research skills, an ability to collect primary data as well as analysing secondary data and a sound understanding of research impact.


Delivering Evidence-Based Change

Experience of initiating new ways of doing things, drawing on the latest evidence base and supporting opportunities for positive change.


Leading and Supporting

Evidence of providing support, advice and direction to others based on outcomes from research.


Knowledge Skills Requirements

Communication Skills (Verbal and Written)

Evidence of excellent communication skills with the ability to convey and summarise complex information both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences and readership.


Building and Maintaining Relationships

Evidence of your ability to foster effective working relationships and collaborate with a range of internal and external stakeholders and positively influence others to achieve desired outcomes.


Problem Solving and Decision Making

Excellent decision making skills with evidence of your ability to analyse complex issues, problem solve and produce creative and innovative solutions by exercising a high level of initiative, judgement and discretion.


Planning and Organising

Evidence of your excellent organisational skills, demonstrating your ability to prioritise, forward plan, manage competing demands and work under pressure to ensure outputs are delivered on time.


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