Fixed term or secondment until 31 March 2022
The Local Government Association speaks with one voice on behalf of local government in England and Wales. We are a politically-led, cross-party membership organisation that works on behalf of councils and other local authorities to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to local auhorities so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems. There has never been a more exciting time to work for us.
About the LGA’s National Graduate Development Programme
The NGDP is part of the LGA’s Highlighting Managerial Leadership offer. It is a two-year graduate management development programme, run by the LGA, designed to provide local authorities with the high-calibre managers that communities need by giving committed graduates the training and opportunities to make a positive impact.
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Armed with excellent organisational ability, clear communication skills and a proven track record in both stakeholder and project management, you’ll work in a busy team delivering political and managerial leadership development programmes; strengthening and enhancing local government’s leadership capacity and shaping the ability of local government to lead improvements, partnerships and change in order to meet the needs of local communities.
The Leadership team’s work forms part of the LGA’s wider Sector-Led Improvement offer. In this role you will work primarily with the highly successful National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP). This is a unique opportunity to join team NGDP at an exciting time for the programme. The NGDP has seen record growth in the past couple of years, and we’re looking for a committed and enthusiastic individual to help us shape and develop the future direction of the programme, in particular to spearhead of working on equality, diversity and inclusion.
You will have responsibility for project managing several aspects of the NGDP, particularly focusing on delivering the NGDP’s multi-stage recruitment process and serving as the main relationship manager for councils on the scheme. This will involve a high complexity of project management, dealing with multiple moving parts; including commissioning and managing external service providers, working with our (around 60-70) council partners, encouraging new councils to sign up each year, as well of course, supporting high volumes of graduates to apply to and flourish on the NGDP.
This role will provide you with the opportunity to work at a strategic national level on a growing and high-profile programme. You will work with a range of stakeholders, as well as use your creativity and experience to push for continuous improvement of the NGDP.
There will also be opportunities to be involved in other Leadership development programmes for councillors and officers. It’s important that you’re politically aware with the ability to exercise discretion, judgement and confidentiality when dealing with politicians and officers at every level.
- You will need to have a sound understanding of local government and the key issues facing councils.
- A track record of successfully managing complex projects, programmes and events.
- A positive, ‘can-do’ attitude that drives for innovation and improvement.
- A track record of successful stakeholder management.
- The ability to work in a busy and demanding environment.
- Experience working on driving improvement around equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Experience commissioning and managing contracts.
Please see the full list of requirements in the Job Description.
You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage.
For more information please see: www.local.gov.uk/national-graduate-development-programme
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Helen Reeves, Programme Manager – Leadership: Helen.Reeves@local.gov.uk
Closing date: 5pm, Monday 26th July 2021
Interviews: Tuesday 3 August 2021
As a Disability Confident Employer the LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community