Job Title: Lawyer (Planning)
Job reference: 001860
Service Area / Directorate: Law and Governance
Salary and Grade: G10: £50,302 to £52,189 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
Hours per week: 37
Location: Work from home/ Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers
We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Planning Lawyer to join our well respected in house Legal Team to lead on all aspects of planning law in connection with the Council’s functions.
As the successful candidate you will be an expert in your field with the ability to handle complex planning work. As well as having the technical ability you will need to show yourself to be confident, professional, enthusiastic, a creative thinker that can influence and drive progress and able to give clear and credible advice to senior officers and elected members.
You should also be a proactive team player, be flexible in approach and be willing to get involved in all areas of the Service’s work and want to play a prominent role in helping the Service to develop and improve. If you are a highly organised, enthusiastic and proactive individual, with a commitment to excellent customer service we would like to hear from you.
Oxford is a vibrant and dynamic City with a global reputation and the City Council sits at the centre of it all. We are an evolving organisation that plays an influential role in the success of the City. Working closely with our partners, we are driving a progressive agenda that is building stronger communities, tackling climate change and helping the economy to thrive.
It is a brilliant time to join Oxford City Council and this role will sit at the centre of all that we are trying to achieve in the Law & Governance Service. The Service, which operates at the heart of the Council, is responsible for the democratic and political management arrangements of the Authority, electoral registration and the conduct of elections, information governance across the Authority, corporate and Ombudsmen complaints, emergency planning and the provision of the full range of legal services to one of the most efficient, effective and ambitious councils in the country with high aspirations for the city.
We are seeking a passionate individual who is motivated by working for an inclusive and diverse organisation that is determined in its ambition to build ‘a world class city for everyone’, ensuring ‘excellent public services are at the heart of everything’.
Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Innovation (General)’ winners 2017, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015. We are accredited with the Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark which helps us to ensure that the customer is always placed at the heart of everything we do.
With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.
We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.
How to apply
More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.
Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).
For further information and how to apply online, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk
If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848.
Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history. Coronavirus information: It is intended to conduct interviews via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Jitsi; please contact us if this is not an option for you. For most roles the successful applicant will be expected to work from home for the immediate future. They should ensure that they have reliable and secure wifi access; a suitable workspace and are prepared to undertake distance learning and training.
Closing Date: 14 March 2021
Late applications will not be processed
Interview Date(s): 24 March 2021
We are an equal opportunity employer:
We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic.
Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.