The Corporate Governance team in the London Borough of Newham leads the corporate governance functions for the Council, in relation to:
- ensuring that council decisions are taken in the correct way and that decisions are timely, joined up and well presented.
- ensuring that the council fulfils all its obligations as regards scrutiny and that targeted scrutiny contributes to developing better public services.
Democratic Services Officer
Grade: P03 £36,711 - £39,774 p.a
The Democratic Services Officer is a key role in the council's decision making process, and supports all aspects of the Council's Democratic and Committee related work. In particular, through:
- Proactively providing advice and support to Members, officers, stakeholders and residents around committees, processes and decision making.
- Responsibility to ensure that all decisions made at committees are taken in accordance with legal and constitutional requirements.
- Proactively managing and supporting all aspects of the Member and Officer decision making having regard to local procedures, Council policy and best practice.
- Leading on all aspects of Cabinet, Council and Committee meetings including preparing reports and agenda publication, attending meetings to take minutes of the formal proceedings, and advising on constitutional requirements.
Ideally, the Council is looking for an experienced Democratic Services Officer, or someone who has experience of managing meetings and decision-making in a large or similar organisation, who can work as part of a professional and committed small team to undertake all activities related to a Council's democratic and committee service.
Knowledge of Modern.gov committee management system is desirable, but not essential.
As part of the role of supporting Committees, flexibility around working some evenings in the month is required.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 0203 373 0909.
Interview will be held w/c 31.8.20