South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are forward thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme. They have modern open plan offices.
Position: Trainee Democratic and Electoral Services Officer
Location: Milton Park, Oxford (Commutable from Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Reading, Faringdon, Bicester and surrounding areas)
Job type: Full Time, Fixed Term Contract for 2 years
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £21,725 per annum, Grade 3
About the role:
Do you want the opportunity to fast-track your career in local government? Are you interested in gaining wide exposure to local authority decision-making and playing a full part in the local democratic process? If so, and if you are an enthusiastic and ambitious individual, this trainee role is just the one for you.
Working as a key member of both the democratic and electoral service teams for two councils in the heart of Oxfordshire, your working day will be varied and fascinating. From attending and clerking council committee meetings, and witnessing first-hand the democracy underpinning local government, to being fully involved in the delivery of a wide variety of elections and referendums.
It offers an exciting opportunity to undertake a wide variety of training and development opportunities, including relevant qualifications. The post holder will have the opportunity to engage with council-wide projects as well as those in the Legal and Democratic service area. You will be supported fully to develop your skills and abilities in your two-year programme. Previous postholders have successfully gained an officer post within the councils prior to the completion of the two-year training programme or moved to opportunities outside the councils.
The successful candidate will be educated to degree, A-level or relevant vocational qualification level with previous administrative experience and will have good IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience using specialist IT systems.
You will have interest in a career in democratic and / or electoral services and have knowledge / experience of democratic services and the electoral process as well as an understanding of political decision-making in local government. You will be able to work in a confidential and political environment with the ability to understand, apply and work in accordance with legislation.
Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills will be essential as will the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines with strong attention to detail.
You will have the ability and willingness to attend evening meetings regularly and to work long hours, evenings and weekends at election times and be able to attend daytime and evening meetings in Milton Park, Abingdon, Didcot, Wantage, Crowmarsh Gifford and other places in South and Vale, sometimes at short notice. A full driving licence and use of a vehicle insured for business purposes would be beneficial.
You may have experience of the following: Electoral Services Officer, Administrator, Admin Assistant, Office Administrator, Office Assistant, Electoral Services, Electoral Officer, Electoral Services Administrator, Trainee Electoral Services Officer, etc.