Medway Council is looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic individual to manage the Greenspace Development and Access team. Medway is a Unitary Authority with a population of c. 280,000 located across the urban conurbations of Chatham, Rochester, Strood and Gillingham, as well as the rural area of the Hoo Peninsula. Medway’s residents benefit from an extensive open space provision equivalent to over 13 Hyde Parks, with 8 Green Flag sites and numerous supportive Friends of Groups and forums. Utilising both internal and external funds, plus s106s, the greenspace development team mange a programme of improvements to parks, play, sports and allotments. The team also manage the maintenance and legal protection of over 350km of rights of way and have just published our Rights of Way Improvement Plan.
Why Medway? 30% of Medway is Internationally important for its wildlife, with the North Kent Marshes dominating the northern rural hinterland and species-rich chalk grasslands occurring along the southern urban fringe. The River Medway provides both important habitat and recreational opportunities, and as the manager for this team you will also be responsible for the development of three piers and river access. This is a very special place where an experience
The successful candidate will have experience of managing a team covering diverse interests; managing complex capital and revenue budgets; planning and s106 contributions and programming and securing funds to bring forward essential developments to improve the open space offer. You will speak with knowledge and enthusiasm of the importance of open space to key Council priorities such as the City of Culture, Child Friendly City and Health and Wellbeing, and will be an advocate with Members, Senior Officers, other council services and stakeholders.
If you would like to lead the team in this exciting, important and challenging work we would be pleased to receive your application
Interviews to take place on Monday 14 December.
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please e-mail Dawn Hudd on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.
How to Apply
Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS
If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.
All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.