An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Democratic Services & Elections Service, which forms part of the Deputy Chief Executive Directorate within Buckinghamshire Council.
The role will support the facilitation and delivery of the Council's democratic processes, and is within the Committee and Governance Services Team.
Following a detailed Service review, a new Structure for Democratic Services & Elections has recently been implemented and this role is a new one created as a result of the new structure.
The role of Senior Committee & Governance Service Officers will provide a professional and vital role in the successful delivery of the Council's democratic processes, including attending meetings, producing agenda, minutes, decision sheets, briefing notes, and reports. It will provide advice to Officers and Members on the decision-making processes within the Council, including executive and non-executive processes, and Officer Decisions. In addition, the role will support the delivery of a co-ordinated governance training and awareness programme, and will advise Members and Officers on procedural matters within the Council's Constitution and standing orders, including dealing with complex and politically-sensitive issues in confidential manner. Support and assistance to the other teams within Democratic Services will also be a key aspect.
Currently there are 194 Members on the Council, with the first Buckinghamshire Council elections scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021 and the post will have a key role to play at the heart of the democratic processes for the Council.
You should have previous experience of working within democratic services and a political environment in local government, and understand the relationship between elected Members and officers. You will also have experience of working with Elected Members on politically sensitive information and be comfortable with attending meetings with Members and senior Officers. You should also be able to demonstrate experience of using the mod gov software, and be able to produce professional and accurate minutes of Committee meetings, working using your own initiative.
You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and well-developed IT skills are essential. You will be able to work flexibly to respond to Service demand and should also have had experience in the delivery of virtual, remote meetings with Elected Members.
The post is a politically restricted one under the terms of the Local Government Act 1989.
For further information about the role, please contact Craig Saunders, Committee & Governance Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 01296 585043
Closing date: midnight 7 March 2021.
INTERVIEW DATE: W/C 15th March 2021 via MS Teams
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
About the Business Unit
The Deputy Chief Executive directorate is central to Buckinghamshire Council's journey to establish itself as one of the best councils in the country. With a clear focus on service improvement through transformation and a drive to build better relationships with the local community, the directorate is fast-paced; but extremely rewarding. Our teams are not only proactively delivering on projects and plans but also reacting to developing situations. If you are ambitious, innovative, and would relish the opportunity to influence change - a role within our service area could be your next career move.
The team includes exciting areas of work, including a brand new localities model - delivering 16 community boards across the county to make it easy for our residents to engage with us as we work together to plan for the future. Other teams include our Policy and Communications and Legal and Democratic Services teams - innovating the way we communicate with our colleagues, Members and the local community, and role-modelling best practice through policy, planning and legal services. If you think you can help us achieve our goals, and want to be a part of this exciting journey, we would love to hear from you!
The Democratic Services & Elections Service comprises four teams - Scrutiny, Member Development & Support, Committee & Governance Services, and Electoral Services. With the highest number of Councillors in the country to support, we pride ourselves on providing a professional, committed, effective and organised service.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.