The Neighbourhood Initiatives Team is an outward focussed team working in a multiagency environment alongside and with communities’ police and voluntary sectors. They are responsible for taking forward local priorities including crime and ASB. The team has a strong focus on the local authority housing estates and work along housing management.
About the roles
As the Team Manager you will be responsible for a small but high profile team that is one of the main interfaces between local people and the council and working in a multi-agency environment you will:
- Oversee the team in delivering a programme of neighbourhood initiatives and community development projects in line with agreed priorities – with a particular focus on areas of deprivation and crime/ASB ‘hotspots’ with a focus on the council’s housing estate.
- Develop and support neighbourhood networks and Safer Neighbourhood Forums to bring together front line staff, community leaders, representatives of the faith, voluntary, business and statutory sectors and local councillors to facilitate coordination, partnership working and to engage in issues of concern at a local level.
- Support the service configuration and the development of community hubs at a local level to identify opportunities to co-locate better join-up neighbourhood services and make more effective use of assets.
- Lead, supervise and support a team of Neighbourhood Initiatives Officers
- Work on cross cutting projects/themes and contribute to service, corporate and wider partnership agendas including social inclusion, poverty, health, sustainability, community cohesion and locality working.
- Work with other services to ensure effective communications to communities – making sure that they are kept informed about action taken and that the impact of initiatives is reported back to local people.
- Remain up to date with community development/regeneration policy and practice in the local and national context and to advise on best practice and new initiatives.
- You will have formal training in Community Development work and evidence continuous training and personal/professional development.
- Have experience of directly managing community projects in a Local Government setting or similar multi-functional organisation.
- Experience of partnership working with public, private, community and voluntary sector and a practical experience of a wide range of community consultation/engagement techniques.
- Experience of manging staff
- Have experience of working in neighbourhood regeneration/renewal, including the implementation of effective performance management frameworks.
- Have experience of writing reports and making representations.
- Have knowledge of the issues that lead to social deprivation in communities and the community development policy and practice which is able to address it.
- Have a knowledge and understanding of current trends in community development policy and practice and its impact at a local, regional and national level.
- Excellent interpersonal skill and be able to communicate across a wide cross section of stakeholders and communities.
- Be able to work under pressure to deliver outcome alongside a wide range stakeholders
- Be self-motivated and able to motivate other through strong negotiation and influencing skills to resolve conflict and build capacity with communities.
- Have well-developed analytical skills which identify gaps in service provision and be ability to deputise for the Community Safety Service Head
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
- Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
- Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
- 'Your Reading Passport' scheme - competitive rates for local gyms
For more information on this position please contact Anthony.email@example.com.
Please note that these dates are indicative at this stage and may be subject to change
Interview Date: 29th November 2019