Do you want to work with our section of the organisation that is dedicated to improving the look and feel of the city for our residents, visitors and businesses?
Brighton & Hove is a great place to live, learn, work and visit. Our diverse and vibrant community is passionate about the city and there’s a shared commitment to celebrating and promoting all that makes Brighton & Hove so unique.
In this role you will be supporting the Executive Director who is responsible for strategic priorities related to Economy, Environment and Culture, and in doing so you can be part of what makes Brighton & Hove special.
Brighton & Hove City Council serves a vibrant city by the sea – a place that has ambitions to be a fairer city with a more sustainable future. We have made a pledge to become an anti-racist city, these ambitions, along with our Covid recovery plans will shape the work of our teams over the next few years.
About the role
You will act as the focal point for communications with the Executive Director, playing a crucial part in ensuring the most effective use of time, particularly identifying and highlighting potentially sensitive issues that need to be brought to the Director’s attention or dealt with urgently.
You will enjoy a varied workload including providing executive support, research and analysis, presentation of data and reports, and fielding and responding to a range of enquiries from a variety of stakeholders.
You will be working collaboratively with colleagues across the council and relevant organisations across the city to make connections to deliver shared goals. You will have the qualities to build effective relationships, and to ensure action is targeted where it is most needed.
The role requires experience of providing executive support, excellent communication skills, exceptional organisational and diary management skills, the ability to prioritise and juggle multiple requirements and deadlines, and the ability to work autonomously at times with some ambiguity and to be able to make pragmatic decisions independently.
The successful candidate will demonstrate tact, discretion and diplomacy at all times. It is also expected the successful applicant will have a high degree of flexibility and adaptability.
In return for your contribution and commitment, we offer a friendly and welcoming place to work, a range of training and development opportunities, and a competitive salary and benefits package. You’ll join a team of talented people who all care deeply about the city they serve. Our offer to you is encapsulated in our People Promise which includes:
- We promise to support your wellbeing at work
- We promise that we will be a fair and inclusive place to work
- We promise you opportunities to do your best
- We promise to say “well done”, recognise and reward you for great work
- We promise you a good place to work so we can do the best for the city
We can offer hybrid working arrangements to suit your circumstances on an ongoing basis including safe office accommodation, and flexible hours. We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Hybrid team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration whilst prioritising customer needs. Subject to the above we will support individuals to achieve a balance between work and home, and to take advantage of the flexibility available wherever possible while meeting organisational needs.
This is an exciting time to join the organisation!
Indicative interview date: week commencing 6th June 2022
To arrange an initial conversation about this role please contact Donna.Chisholm@brighton-hove.gov.uk
As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) and Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
We offer the opportunity for the suitable candidate to choose to work in a hybrid way. Your specific working arrangements will be subject to team and service working arrangements already in place alongside Government guidance. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.