Job Title: Corporate Policy and Research officer
Post Reference Number: 6596
Working Hours: 37 hours per week
Grade: 7 (salary from 34,728 to 37,890, pro rata for hours worked
About the Council
The scale of ambition across Britain’s First New Town is unprecedented. A major £billion town centre regeneration programme is currently underway along with a £45 million refurbishment of council homes. At the same time there is significant investment across the town’s neighbourhoods to make lives better.
All of this is being driven by a council with a co-operative commitment to working with its communities to improve lives, in key areas such as health and wellbeing, community safety, arts and culture, community wealth building and climate change.
About the Role
We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join our dynamic corporate policy and business support team.
The successful candidate will take a central role in developing and implementing the council’s corporate-wide policies and strategies, drawing on best practice and ensuring they align with strategic objectives and business needs.
By applying your research, horizon scanning and analytical skills, you will play a key part in keeping senior managers and councillors up to date on wider policy issues and in providing them with relevant insight and data.
You will also provide a policy advice and research service to colleagues across the council’s General Fund and Housing services.
These are exciting times for Stevenage and you will play a core part in driving the organisation into the future.
To be successful in this role you will have:
- a good understanding of social and public policy agendas and local government legislation
- a track record in developing policies and strategies
- excellent research skills
- experience of carrying out meaningful consultation with residents and stakeholders
- an ability to develop and maintain successful internal and external relationships
- excellent communication and presentation skills
We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:
- Pension Scheme: we offer a career average pension scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants.
- Flexible working: available upon request, subject to operational requirements.
- Part time and Job share: all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.
- A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave, maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
- 24 days holiday rising to 30 days (depending on Local Government service).
- An extensive range of learning and development opportunities.
- Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme.
- Season ticket loans and discounts for public transport.
- Cycle to Work scheme.
- Stevenage Credit Union: secure savings, free life insurance and access to cheap loans.
- Employee Discounts: via monthly paid membership of the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC).
- Discounted Health and Fitness membership at Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL).
- Trade Unions: for a small fee, all employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact Rob Gregory, Assistant Director (Communities and Neighbourhoods) on (01438) 242568.
For an application pack and to apply online, please visit the link below. Please quote the correct post reference number when applying.
Please note that Stevenage Borough Council cannot accept CV’s, all applications must be made on the Council’s standard application form which can be found at the above link.
Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 2nd August 2021
Interviews will be held week commencing: Monday 16th August 2021
Please note that if we receive a large volume of applications for this role, we reserve the right to close this vacancy ahead of the published closing date
Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and recruitment candidates to share this commitment. SBC shall take all reasonable steps to employ staff who are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. For posts identified with regular contact with these groups applicants will be required to undertake a Value Based Interview. The council supports the legislative requirements for employing and maintaining safer staff and the guidance specified by Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board
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