The Coroners Service sits within the Community Protection Group of Surrey County Council.
We are currently seeking to recruit a number of new part-time Coroner’s Usher positions for the Surrey Coroner Service. Whilst you will not be required to have previous experience, an appreciation of the Coroner Service or of court proceedings would be advantageous but not essential. You will be required to be well presented and punctual, calm under pressure, have good interpersonal and IT skills and willing to undertake future training and development in these areas of work. You should be self-motivated, capable of solving problems and be a confident communicator.
The ushers support the Coroner to facilitate the smooth running of Inquest Hearings. You will act as the first point of contact for the families, juries and legal representatives during the Inquest, ensuring each party is shown to the appropriate meeting room and is ready, when called by the Coroner. You will answer enquiries and provide accurate and timely responses. You will also be required to carry out some general clerical work to support the Coroners and the administration support team.
Although many of the tasks are straightforward, with well-established guidelines, an usher needs to be prepared to react quickly and professionally to situations, some of which may be unexpected. You will need to have the ability to deal with people professionally and empathetically, which may include the bereaved.
Ushers work within a close team with management support. Working time is allocated to meet the needs of the scheduled hearings and this will typically be advised one month in advance. The roster is allocated on a flexible basis which means that some weeks you may be required to work more hours than others. The normal working hours are between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm, but occasionally these hours may be extended. Whilst you will normally be working at the Surrey Coroners Court, there may also be a need for flexibility to work on an ad hoc basis at other council locations.
Key responsibilities include:
- Preparing Court and meeting rooms and clearing down at the end of the working day
- Delivery of files to the court
- Update list of hearings on internal notice boards
- Operating office and court equipment e.g. computers, scanners, photocopiers, and software such as MS word/excel and court electronic data base/diary systems.
For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job profile.
For an informal discussion contact Sarah Church on 01483 404521 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 12th December 2020.
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