Vacancies

All IPSO vacancies appear below. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to recruitment@ipso.co.uk

 

(3) Vacancies 

Engagement Officer (Application deadline: 3 February 2022)

IPSO is recruiting an Engagement Officer to support work with its regulated publishers. You’ll be implementing an induction programme for onboarding new publishers, supporting IPSO’s upgraded training programme to ensure high editorial standards, working with IPSO’s journalist advisory panel, and there’ll be an opportunity to get involved in some communications work.

Role: To be successful you’ll need to be articulate and efficient, with excellent communication and analytical skills, and an intelligent interest in the press and how it is regulated (although not necessarily any special expertise in this area).

You’ll also have excellent written skills, strong project management skills, need to be comfortable working with digital projects.

An organised and effective administrator, you will be able to manage multiple pieces of work and be able to present complex information in clear and creative ways.

This would be an interesting next step for someone working in communications, or in a membership or education role and looking for a purpose-driven, varied, and interesting role where they could see a clear impact from their work.

IPSO offers hybrid working to all staff and a range of benefits including season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, private GP service, and (once probation is completed) free gym membership

To apply, please read the full job description and forward your CV with a cover letter outlining why you are interested in the role and how you are suitable to recruitment@ipso.co.uk. Download the job description here

Salary: Competitive starting salary of £31-34k, including 25 days of paid annual leave.

Deadline: 3rd February 2022

Lay Board Member (Application deadline: 8 February 2022)

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is currently seeking a new lay Board member to help shape and deliver the organisation’s future work, as part of a 12-strong Board led by our Chair, Lord (Edward) Faulks QC.

Role: To build upon our success and deliver our strategy we are seeking a new independent member to join our lay-majority Board.

The successful applicant will be demonstrably independent, with experience of strategy, governance, and risk management gained through a senior position in public or commercial life. Because this is a lay role, candidates may not have recent ties to a publisher that is or could be regulated by IPSO but should have an understanding and interest in the way news content is changing and the challenges this presents. They will be wholeheartedly committed to freedom of expression and to upholding the highest editorial standards.

We are seeking a candidate who will complement existing experience on the Board and would welcome applications from diverse backgrounds not currently represented.

The appointment will be made by IPSO’s independent Appointments Panel.

How To Apply & Job Description

Please see the job description here

To apply, please provide a CV and letter explaining your interest in and suitability for the role by 8 February 2022 to recruitment@ipso.co.uk

The appointment will be made by IPSO’s independent Appointment Panel. If the relevant guidance permits, candidates will be offered the opportunity to be interviewed via video conferencing or in person, based on their preference.

Application deadline: 8 February 2022

Complaints Reviewer (Application deadline: 21 February 2022)

The Independent Press Standards Organisation, the independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industries in the UK, is searching for a new Complaints Reviewer. The Complaints Reviewer plays a critical part in reinforcing the independence of the IPSO’s Complaints Committee in adjudicating on complaints to IPSO about potential breaches of the Editors’ Code of Practice and ensuring that IPSO deals with all complaints in a fair and transparent way.

The appointment will be made by IPSO’s Appointment Panel, chaired by the Rt Hon Lord (David) Triesman.

About IPSO

IPSO is an independent regulator underpinned by commercial contract with regulated publishers. One of its core functions is the operation of a complaints handling service. The lay-majority Complaints Committee makes determinations as to whether individual complaints identify a breach of the Editors’ Code of Practice and issues rulings, requiring remedial action where appropriate. The work of the Complaints Committee of 12 is supported by IPSO’s Executive staff, who carry out the work of assessing, mediating, and investigating complaints.

Nature of Appointment

The Complaints Reviewer plays an important part in ensuring that complaints to IPSO are handled fairly, thoroughly, and in accordance with IPSO’s procedures.

Requests for review may be made by a complainant or regulated publisher on the ground that the process by which the Complaints Committee's decision was made is substantially flawed.

A request for review by the Complaints Reviewer must be made in writing to the Regulator within 14 days of the relevant decision by the Complaints Committee and will be referred to the Reviewer at IPSO’s discretion.

If the request for review is accepted by IPSO, the Reviewer will review the process by which the decision of the Complaints Committee was made and will have access to all relevant documents and information relating to the investigation and deliberation on the complaint.

Following its review, the Complaints Reviewer will refer back to the Complaints Committee within 14 days of receiving the request, providing reasoned findings as to whether or not he or she considers that the process by which the decision of the Complaints Committee was made was substantially flawed. If the Complaints Reviewer considers that the process was “substantially flawed”, the Complaints Committee will review its decision, taking into account the Complaints Reviewer's findings and revise its decision if appropriate.

The Complaints Reviewer may, at IPSO’s discretion, be asked to present their findings to the Chair or full Board and make recommendations as to potential areas for improvement in IPSO’s procedures for complaints handling.

Time commitment and fees

The time commitment will fluctuate each month and is dependent on the number and complexity of requests for review, but the Complaints Reviewer will usually provide their services for approximately 1-3 days per month. The Reviewer has 14 days to respond to requests and may request extensions where reasonably required to complete a review. 

The Complaints Reviewer will be a self-employed position. The Complaints Reviewer will be paid on an hourly rate basis in arrears, after receipt by IPSO of invoices itemising the services provided.

Person specification

Candidates will bring a record of acting with personal integrity and independence of thought and an understanding of the principles of self-regulation and good governance.

They will have a deep knowledge of the principles of procedural fairness; this may have been gained through experience of complaints handling or other relevant legal or regulatory expertise.  They must be able to set out their findings in a clear and precise manner by reference to all relevant considerations and applicable constitutional documents.

To ensure their independence, the reviewer must not be a member of IPSO’s Complaints Committee or Board. They must not be an employee currently and must not have been employed at any point in the past 20 years by a publisher that is, or could be, regulated by IPSO.

They must also not be a serving member of the House of Commons, the United Kingdom Government, the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly, the Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Assembly or the Northern Ireland Executive.

Applications

To apply, please provide a CV and letter explaining your interest in and suitability for the role by 21 February 2022 to recruitment@ipso.co.uk.

The appointment will be made by IPSO’s independent Appointment Panel. If the current Covid guidance permits, candidates will be offered the opportunity to be interviewed via video conferencing or in person, based on their preference.

Queries about the position may be directed to Chloe McKiver at chloe.mckiver@ipso.co.uk.

Application deadline: 21 February 2022.